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Anfield (ATT 44,922) 24th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Friend

Liverpool Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

Liverpool 2

R Johnson (og 11)
L Suarez (38)


Wolves 1

S Fletcher (49)

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Last Updated at 4:54 pm, September 24th 2011

  1. Liverpool end a run of successive defeats in the Premier League, but they did not have it all their own way in an engrossing 2-1 win over Wolves at Anfield. Johnson's own-goal and Suarez's superb solo strike gave Liverpool a comfortable half-time lead. But Wolves were unfortunate not to earn a point in the second half after renewed effort and substitute Steven Fletcher's goal gave their hosts an almighty scare. Stay with us for all the post-match reaction.

  2. 90 + 3

    FULL-TIME: Liverpool 2 Wolves 1

  3. 90 + 2

    Kuyt tries his luck from 30 yards, but it deflects high and wide.

  4. 90 + 1

    Wolves are only leaving two men back in defence in injury-time. They are susceptible to the counter-attack, but are desperate for an equaliser.

  5. 90

    ADDED TIME: There will be a minimum of an additional three minutes before the final whistle.

  6. 89

    Good defending from Ward. Gerrard dropped a shoulder inside Wolves' box, but the Wolves defender did not fall for the dummy.

  7. 88

    Wolves are desperate for an equaliser and Liverpool are dropping deeper. Carroll is playing among the defenders at the moment.

  8. 87

    Almost trademark Gerrard, as the Liverpool captain collects a knockdown from Carroll before beating Berra and slicing a half-volley wide from 25 yards.

  9. 86

    Enrique does not lose many shoulder-to-shoulder challenges and he does well to hold off Guedioura inside the Liverpool box to win a free-kick.

  10. 85

    McCarthy is likely to regret not playing in a 4-4-2 formation from the start of this match. Wolves have been much better in the second half.

  11. 84

    Suarez was not happy to have been substituted. He is sat shaking his head with arms folded in the dugout.

  12. 83

    Carroll's eyes light up as he thinks he has a clear run on goal from the halfway line, but he has strayed offside.

  13. 82

    Wolves make their own change, as Guedioura comes on for Hunt.

  14. 81

    Gerrard comes on for his first Premier League match since March. He replaces Suarez. Huge cheer around Anfield for Gerrard.

  15. 80

    Fletcher loses Skrtel on the edge of the box and can release a shot. Skrtel manages to get a foot in to take some of the sting out of the shot and Reina can save.

  16. 79

    Gerrard is stripped from his training kit and is ready to come on.

  17. 78

    What a waste. Wolves have a free-kick, the ball is launched into the Liverpool penalty area and Berra does not realise how much time he has when heading wide.

  18. 77

    It is a tough introduction to life in the Premier League for Doherty, as he attempts to keep Downing at bay.

  19. 76

    It is Liverpool turning the screw at present, with Suarez again proving an influence. Berra, who has improved dramatically in the second half, defends immaculately at the near post.

  20. 75

    More fabulous play from Suarez. The Uruguayan is involved three times in the build-up before meeting Downing's cross with a header.

  21. 74

    What a match this has been. As wretched as this fixture was last season, this has been thrilling. Non-stop, end-to-end action.

  22. 73

    Excellent recovering challenge from Johnson to deny Suarez. Corner to Liverpool. Suarez again collects the ball and Carroll is blocked just as he is about to shoot.

  23. 72

    Henderson's fairly ineffective afternoon is over, as Kuyt comes on.

  24. 71

    Wolves are looking to give Jarvis the ball on every opportunity. He is tormenting Kelly, who is already on a booking.

  25. 70

    It's non-stop action. Liverpool attack and Carroll does well to bring down a cross and tee-up Lucas, whose 20-yard effort is just wide of the foot of the post.

  26. 68

    Liverpool are hanging on at the moment. Wolves' free-kick is very clever, as the cross is a flicked volley from the set-piece. Enrique's attempt at a bicycle-kick clearance only sends the ball back into the area. Liverpool eventually scramble the ball clear.

  27. 67

    Kelly clobbers Jarvis with a late, sliding challenge on the byline. It is a booking and a good position for Wolves from the free-kick in front of their travelling fans.

  28. 66

    Jarvis wins a corner from Kelly. That has been a good, little contest today. Kelly won in the first half, but Jarvis is probably having the better of the second half. Liverpool can clear the set-piece.

  29. 65

    Suarez almost latches on to another long ball, but Hennessey, who has been excellent, is off his line and alert to collect.

  30. 64

    Enrique does well to dig out a cross in the direction of Carroll, but Berra defends superbly and Henderson's first-time volley follow-up bobbles harmlessly wide.

  31. 63

    Looks like Dalglish might be considering a substitution. Gerrard, Kuyt and Bellamy are warming up on the touchline.

  32. 62

    O'Hara on his less-favoured right foot hits a half-volley over the bar from 20 yards. Wolves sense another goal, which would be an equaliser.

  33. 61

    Fletcher is off the pitch briefly to receive treatment, but is back on and looks okay.

  34. 60

    A high boot from Skrtel on Fletcher leaves the Wolves striker in a heap on the edge of the box. But referee Friend is not interested. It looked like a foul to me.

  35. 59

    Reina comes racing from his goal and goes all the way to the corner flag to clear a Wolves attack.

  36. 58

    It is an end-to-end game at present. I'll be amazed if there is not another goal, because everything is so stretched.

  37. 57

    Nasty challenge from Carroll on Doherty, as the striker slides in at the byline. He is correctly booked.

  38. 55

    Wolves' goal has really rattled Liverpool. Carragher makes a mess of things when defending against Doyle, but the Wolves striker hesitates and Liverpool survive.

  39. 54

    From the resulting corner, Wolves clear at the second attempt after a Suarez cross.

  40. 53

    Liverpool break at lightning speed after a slick turn from Suarez. He plays in Downing and the flying winger is only denied as Hennessey, again, saves superbly to tip the shot around the post.

  41. 52

    Carroll rattles a post when climbing to head a brilliant Downing cross.

  42. 50

    Liverpool almost respond immediately. But, as the ball falls invitingly for Carroll, Hennessey superbly blocks the striker's half-volley from point-blank range.

  43. What an impact from the substitute. Reina only half clears when attempting to punch a cross and Enrique then gets in a mess when defending wide against Henry. A ricochet falls kindly for Wolves man Hunt before he crosses and Fletcher finished emphatically into the roof of the net from close-range.

  44. 49

    GOAL FLETCHER (2-1)!!!

  45. 48

    In the first couple of minutes of the second half, Wolves are attempting to dominate. Jarvis is stopped by an offside flag.

  46. 47

    Adam and O'Hara are involved in a little tussle off the ball. There is nothing in it, but Adam lets O'Hara get the run on him and the Wolves midfielder has a shot blocked on the edge of the area.

  47. 46

    That double change is a clear indication that McCarthy is not happy. Things can only get better for Wolves

  48. WE'RE BACK: Liverpool get the second half under way. Matt Doherty also comes on as a replacement for Stearman, while Fletcher has replaced Edwards.

  49. The teams remerge from the tunnel ahead of the second half. It looks like Wolves are going to bring on Steven Fletcher.

  50. Liverpool go in at half-time with a deserved two-goal lead. It goes without saying that Suarez, who scored the second, has been superb. But Carroll has also been excellent when dropping deep or outmuscling the Wolves centre-backs. Wolves, who initially went behind to Johnson's own goal, will be upset about some of the decisions which have gone against them. However, there defending has also been disorganised and ragged.

  51. 45 + 2

    HALF-TIME: Liverpool 2 Wolves 0

  52. 45 + 1

    So close. Suarez again has the ball on a string and, with three Wolves players around him, he somehow manages to poke an effort towards goal from close-range which only just rolls past the far post.

  53. 45

    ADDED TIME: There will be a minimum of two minutes added time before half-time.

  54. 44

    McCarthy will be livid, as another long pass from Reina is allowed to drop at the feet of Suarez. Wolves' centre-backs have been all over the place.

  55. 42

    Hunt is the next Wolves man in the book as he leaves his studs on the top of Adam's boot. That was a nasty one and a deserved yellow card.

  56. 41

    Wolves believe Suarez was offside in the build-up to the goal. But replays show he was clearly onside.

  57. 40

    Wolves are now struggling. Suarez leaves to defenders trailing with a little swivel of his hips, but Carroll was not expecting a through ball from his strike partner.

  58. Stunning skill and finish. Suarez beats the offside trap to collect Enrique's long pass. He bursts into Wolves box, but then checks back onto his right foot. However, he cuts inside Berra and back onto his left foot to blast past Hennessey from a tight angle at his near post. Great goal.

  59. 38

    GOAL SUAREZ (2-0)!!!

  60. 37

    Wolves fans are ironically cheering every decision which goes in Liverpool's favour. They have a point to an extent. Some of referee Friend's decisions have been debatable.

  61. 36

    A loud cheer goes around Anfield, as Steven Gerrard goes through a warm-up routine on the touchline.

  62. 35

    It is a clever set-piece. Hunt rolls the ball across the edge of the box to Edwards, who shoots but is charged down by Lucas. That was an important block by the Brazilian.

  63. 34

    Another free-kick on the edge of the Liverpool box after Doyle goes down following a couple of nibbles from defenders.

  64. 33

    Lucas is the next player to go in the book after one foul too many. This time he brings down Stearman right in front of referee Friend.

  65. 32

    Skrtel comes charging out of the back and into the Wolves half. Henry challenges and is booked. It is a very harsh decision, as it looked like Skrtel had lost control. McCarthy is furious in his technical area.

  66. 31

    There is a good understanding between Downing and Suarez. The former crosses to the latter from the left. Suarez takes the ball in his stride, but drags just wide from inside the area.

  67. 30

    Wolves have been wasteful in front of goal. They have had a couple of good chances, especially at free-kicks, but McCarthy will be frustrated.

  68. 29

    Liverpool do not properly clear the set-piece and Henry is encouraged by the travelling Wolves fans to shoot from long-range. He does so and finds Row Z of The Kop.

  69. 29

    The free-kick was 25 yards from goal, but Hunt cannoned the ball into one of his team-mates, who was standing in the Liverpool wall. What a waste.

  70. 28

    Big chance for Wolves. Just as O'Hara looked like he was about to shoot on the edge of the box, Skrtel brings the Wolves man down. Probably should have been a booking.

  71. 27

    Doyle and Henry produce a nice passage of give-and-go in midfield. But Liverpool have numbers back and there is no way through.

  72. 26

    O'Hara takes the set-piece and sends the ball into Liverpool's box. But Carroll is on the edge of the six-yard box to dive and head clear.

  73. 25

    Carroll loses his footing in midfield and Wolves can move forward. Lucas gives away a foul within crossing range of the Liverpool box.

  74. 24

    Replays show that Adam's shot was going wide. It is an own goal for Johnson.

  75. 23

    Liverpool break and Carroll delivers a brilliant cross which bounces across the six-yard box and only just evades the reaching boot of Suarez. Lovely pass.

  76. 22

    A loose pass from Suarez in the midfield allows Wolves to break, but Skrtel can defend Jarvis' cross when unchallenged.

  77. 21

    Hunt has the chance to cross from the right for Wolves, but Lucas is in the way to block.

  78. 20

    Brilliant stuff from Suarez, as he controls a long pass from Reina before beating Johnson with a back-heel. His cross is then defended at the near post.

  79. 19

    Stearman states his intent on Downing, as he goes flying into a challenge with the Liverpool winger on the touchline. Downing sees him coming and is lucky he is able to step out of the way.

  80. 17

    Liverpool have really cranked up the pressure since going in front. Downing wins another corner, which eventually comes to nothing. Carroll has started well and has the Wolves defenders rattled. Lucas was the furthest forward in the previous attack.

  81. 16

    Replays suggest there was a bit of a push from Carroll on Johnson in the build-up to the goal. Sometimes they are given, sometimes they are not.

  82. 15

    Henry is essentially playing as an additional centre-back at present. He sweeps up well on the edge of the box from a Carroll cross.

  83. 14

    Another Liverpool corner and Carroll is afforded a free header. But the former Newcastle striker heads straight at Hennessey.

  84. 13

    Liverpool's nerves have settled, but Wolves will be furious with the manner in which they conceded.

  85. Difficult to decide whether to give the goal to Adam or an own goal for Johnson. The Liverpool midfielder hit a 25-yard effort, which Johnson attempted to clear, but only succeeded in deflecting the ball into the back of his own net. Johnson is not happy, as he had lost his bearings following a previous challenge with Carroll which might have been a foul for Wolves.

  86. 11

    OWN GOAL JOHNSON (1-0)!!!

  87. 10

    Another corner to Liverpool after a good, early cross from Kelly. Hennessey punches clear before Edwards completes the defending

  88. 9

    Liverpool counter-attack and Johnson deflects Adam's shot for a corner. The set-piece is over Carroll's head and Wolves defend.

  89. 8

    Major let-off for Carragher. He attempted a back-pass without looking and Doyle latched onto the ball before setting up O'Hara. Unfortunately for Wolves, the midfielder was off balance when he shot from inside the area. Terrible from Carragher.

  90. 7

    Superb boost of speed down the left from Jarvis, but, under pressure from Kelly, he cannot quite keep the ball under control.

  91. 6

    Henderson is a constant source of energy in these early minutes. He has not stopped running.

  92. 5

    Liverpool are looking early for Suarez whenever they have the ball. The Uruguayan over-hits a pass and Hennessey is out to gather.

  93. 4

    O'Hara hits the free-kick into the wall and, from the rebound, Carroll heads clear before being hit in the chest by O'Hara's box. The Wolves midfielder is rightfully booked.

  94. 4

    This has been an excellent start from Wolves. Lucas now fouls Hunt within shooting range of the Liverpool box.

  95. 3

    Downing opts to play the ball in the direction of Suarez, who fouls Henry. Henderson had made lung-busting run down the middle of the pitch and would have been the better option for Downing's pass.

  96. 2

    Adam clatters into O'Hara wide on the left. O'Hara takes the free-kick, but Enrique defends well and hits the ball up field.

  97. 1

    Doyle immediately charges forward and wins a couple of throw-ins deep in Liverpool territory. Looks like Wolves are playing with a lone frontman.

  98. KICK-OFF: Wolves get the game going.

  99. 14.57

    'You'll Never Walk Alone' rings around Anfield, as the teams shake hands and Steven Gerrard takes his place on the Liverpool bench.

  100. 14.56

    Here come the teams, as they emerge from the famous Anfield tunnel by passing under the 'This Is Anfield' sign. Jamie Carragher is captaining Liverpool and Roger Johnson is the Wolves skipper.

  101. 14.53

    Under 10 minutes to kick-off and the teams are in the tunnel. Thanks very much for all your emails and tweets. Sorry if I was not able to publish all of your comments. You can continue to get in touch via or at twitter @SkySportsPeteF.

  102. 14.45

    Just under 15 minutes to kick-off and the teams are starting to head off the pitch at Anfield and back into the dressing rooms after their respective warm-up routines.

  103. 14.40

    By the way, in case you missed the news earlier this afternoon, Liverpool have been drawn away to Stoke in the Carling Cup fourth round, while Wolves will host Manchester City. Roberto Mancini's side have just beaten Everton 2-0 in the lunchtime kick-off.

  104. 14.35

    Today's referee is Kevin Friend.

  105. 14.34

    Quick stat for you. If Wolves avoid defeat, it will be their longest unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League at five games on the road without a loss.

  106. 14.32

    Are there any Wolves fans out there in internet land? I've yet to hear from you. Don't forget you can get in touch at or via twitter @SkySportsPeteF.

  107. 14.29

    Here's a round-up of the team news. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is named in a Premier League squad for the first time since March but has to settle for a place on the bench at home to Wolves. The midfielder made his comeback from a groin injury in the midweek Carling Cup victory at Brighton but is short of match fitness. Manager Kenny Dalglish makes just one enforced change from the side which lost at Tottenham last weekend, with Martin Kelly replacing the injured Daniel Agger. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy makes two changes from the 3-0 defeat by QPR, with David Edwards and Stephen Hunt coming in for George Elokobi and Michael Kightly.

  108. 14.27

    Gaz tweets: "Maxi should be be playing down the right! I hope King Kenny sorts it out today, we need a big win."

  109. 14.25

    Wolves team: Hennessey, Stearman, Berra, Johnson, Ward, Jarvis, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Edwards, Doyle. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Doherty, Guedioura, Milija, Hammill, Fletcher

  110. 14.21

    Liverpool team: Reina, Kelly, Enrique, Carragher, Skrtel, Downing, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Carroll, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Gerrard, Bellamy, Coates, Flanagan, Kuyt, Spearing.

  111. 14.20

    The bookies have been in touch. Sky Bet say: "Liverpool will be keen to avenge last season's 1-0 defeat to Wolves at Anfield, and they are 4/11 favourites to do so. A draw is 7/2, while a Wolves win is 8/1. A repeat of last season's shock 1-0 victory for Mick McCarthy's men is 18/1."

  112. 14.18

    I'm hearing a few rumours that Carroll is starting alongside Suarez for Liverpool, with Bellamy and Gerrard on the bench. I'll let you know when/if this is confirmed.

  113. 14.16

    Both teams suffered demoralising defeats in their last Premier League outings, with Liverpool humiliated at Tottenham and Wolves suffering a surprising defeat to QPR. But they responded with midweek wins over Brighton and Millwall, respectively. Then again, it was only the Carling Cup. How is today's game going to develop?

  114. 14.14

    What about Wolves? Can they produce another famous performance after their first win in 27 years at Anfield courtesy of Stephen Ward's goal last December, which essentially marked the beginning of the end for Roy Hodgson? Roger Johnson and Steven Fletcher are likely to be back. I'll bring you the team news when it is out.

  115. 14.12

    Good point, Dec, regarding Carroll. Liverpool's best performances since he signed have come when he has not been involved - against Fulham last season and against Bolton in this campaign. What is the matter with the £35m man? Do you think he is struggling for fitness or is it a style issue at Liverpool?

  116. 13.57

    You can get in touch with your thoughts, predictions, opinions and jokes (within reason) throughout the course of the afternoon and I will do my best to publish those that make me think or laugh. Contact me at or via twitter @SkySportsPeteF.

  117. 13.54

    Welcome to our live and interactive coverage of Liverpool against Wolves at Anfield in the Premier League. Team news to follow as soon as the word is out...



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