Liverpool extended their unbeaten home record to 65 games beating Wolves in the presence of 2,000 supporters. It was a huge feeling for all of them playing to such a crowd after performing to empty stadiums after all these months.
For Liverpool, Salah, Wijnaldum, and Matip scored the goals while Semedo’s own goal sealed the deal for Liverpool. With this win, Klopp’s team moved level on points with Spurs at top of table. After the defeat Wolves are at 10th in the table.
Liverpool displayed a great show at Anfield for their returning fans giving them a sweet 4-0 triumph to rejoice.
The lucky fans in the ground on Sunday evening were really overjoyed to watch the champions play in the flesh after spending several months in agony of staying indoors with no football action. For them it is the first time since their Premier League title win in June, and they weren’t disappointed.
With the three points scooped by Liverpool, they moved back up to second in the table, level on 24 points with Spurs, who beat north London rivals Arsenal earlier in the day. It was a Premier League debut for goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher in the absence of Alisson Becker.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring by capitalizing on Conor Coady’s error in the first half. Then, it was Georginio Wijnaldum (58), Joel Matip (67) and a Nelson Semedo own goal that helped Liverpool extend their unbeaten league home record to 65 games.
Liverpool and fans rejoiced
It was a fantastic evening for Liverpool to celebrate the return of fans. With the Kop having 1,500 fans and 500 in the Main Stand, the atmosphere was electric at Anfield.
There were great cheers for Kelleher early on as he displayed amazing footwork to get to and claw away Daniel Podence’s clever chip from the edge of the penalty area.
But the biggest cheer was yet to come. It was reserved for Salah’s 24th-minute opener.
There were some off-colour moments for Liverpool as well. Former Liverpool academy graduate Conor Coady made a gaffe when he tried to control Jordan Henderson’s long ball forward and Salah pounced, nipping in to win the ball and fire home his first goal in four matches.
Coady, who had a rare off night, was involved in the action at the other end too. He went down the penalty area after Sadio Mane’s attempted overhead clearance. Referee Craig Pawson who initially awarded a penalty had to reverse his decision due to VAR. He looked at the pitchside monitor of VAR Jon Moss and saw there was no contact between Mane and Coady.
Liverpool upped the tempo after the break and netted the second goal within minutes.
Mohammad Salah was declared Man of the Match.
The managers’ two cents:
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “Wasn’t it the perfect night? Imagine 10 months ago people would have told us we would have a game and 2,000 people would turn up. When we came out we all had goosebumps. I had no idea how it would feel. It was perfect. The noise, what the people did, they were on their toes you could see and feel and smell. They had waited so long for it. It is so much more enjoyable with people involved.”
On the other hand, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo also gave the following statement: “It was definitely a tough night. We could have done many, many things different – before the game, during the game… We didn’t have enough of the ball. We didn’t deal well with the pressing of Liverpool. We were organised until the moment of the first goal. We had a poor second half. I didn’t see the images of the penalty decision.”
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