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Wolves Find Relief as Huge 3-0 Win over Liverpool Lifts them out of Relegation Zone

05 February 2023, Sunday
Julen Lopetegui's Wolves earned a comprehensive victory over Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, courtesy of an own goal by Joel Matip, a goal from Craig Dawson and an effort from Ruben Neves. The result has seen Wolves ascend to 15th in the league table, while the out-of-form Reds have remained 10th.

Wolves pulled off an impressive 3-0 victory over Liverpool to move out of the relegation zone. After the early shock of Joel Matip's own goal and Craig Dawson's debut strike, the Reds put in a determined effort to fight back, but in the end it was Ruben Neves' strike late on which sealed the win for Julen Lopetegui's men at an ecstatic Molineux.

Klopp's team were once again unable to secure a Premier League victory, making it four games without a win. The scoreline of the match was reminiscent of their loss away to Brighton last month and their current standing in the table, 10th, has not improved. Problems were evident both defensively and offensively for the side during this encounter.

Ahead of kick-off, Everton's victory over Arsenal had placed Wolves in a precarious situation as it saw them relegated down to the bottom three; however, their performance proved them to be a side with more quality than just battling to remain in the league. Subsequently, the three points earned by Wolves sees them climb three positions up the table to 15th, leaving Liverpool in a state of disarray.

A feverish atmosphere filled Molineux as the home team kicked off to a promising start. It wasn't long before they had two goals to show for their effort. The first came courtesy of Pablo Sarabia, who was making his debut since joining from Paris Saint-Germain. His chipped ball behind the defense found Hee-chan Hwang, who fired a low cross that deflected off of Matip, sneaking past Alisson and into the net, despite Trent Alexander-Arnold's attempts at a saving clearance. The goal gave Wolves a major boost and confidence, which they rode to a successful start.

For Wolves, four alterations were made to the starting lineup that had been defeated by Manchester City, with Pablo Sarabia and Craig Dawson making their debuts. Rayan Ait-Nouri and Matheus Cunha were also reintroduced to the squad, whilst Hugo Bueno, Nathan Collins, Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore were given a place on the bench.

Liverpool made three alterations to the team that had drawn at home with Chelsea, with Darwin Nunez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Joel Matip all coming back into the side. Ibrahima Konate, who was injured, along with Harvey Elliott and James Milner, had to make do with a place on the bench.

Nelson Semedo earned a free-kick, from which Neves sent the ball to Matheus Cunha near the post. His centre was blocked by Maximilian Kilman, but it fell to Dawson, who then delivered a thunderous shot into the Liverpool net, bringing wild celebration from the Wolves.

Despite being the least scoring team in the Premier League this season, Dawson, who joined the Wolves from West Ham in January, has made a mark for himself when it comes to scoring goals for defenders. His well-timed reaction was certainly effective in this instance.

Klopp was taken aback, as his players showed no urgency. Despite the major setback of losing to Brighton, the Liverpool manager has commented on signs of progress. Prior to the break, Matheus Nunes had a great opportunity to extend Wolves' lead, but was denied by a save from Alisson. 

Hwang sustained a knock in the latter stages of the first half and Traore came on, which encouraged Wolves to keep their formation and put the onus on Liverpool to create chances. Despite commanding the majority of possession, the Reds were unable to find the back of the net.
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