Wolves 0-1 Liverpool: Origi lifts Reds to the top of the league
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Diogo Jota of Liverpool has his shot blocked on the line during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on December 4, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Liverpool scored in the last minute of injury-time to top the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux.

It looked as though Wolves would hold onto a point, but DIvock Origi's late strike earned Liverpool a vital three points in the title race.

The victory means Jurgen Klopp's side go to the top of the league table following Chelsea's defeat earlier in the day.

Story of the match

Bruno Lage had midfielder Ruben Neves back from suspension and started the Portuguese midfielder alongside Leander Dendoncker, replacing Joao Moutinho.

Daniel Podence, who missed the goalless draws against Norwich City and Burnley following a positive Covid-19 test, returned to the substitute bench.

After scoring 12 goals in their previous three Premier League games, Liverpool were unchanged from Wednesday night's emphatic triumph of rivals Everton.

Former Wanderers forward Diogo Jota started his 100th Premier League appearance on his 25th birthday on his first game back at Molineux with supporters since swapping the Black Country for Merseyside.

The Reds set the tone from the off and had a number of chances to break the deadlock against a Wolves defence that hasn't conceded in three games.

Trent Alexander-Arnold should have done better at the back post from Thiago's neat clip before the games first big chance fell on the head of Jota.

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Another chance came Liverpool's way a few moments later. Following a smart exchange of passes between Salah and Sadio Mane, Alexander-Arnold's cross evaded everyone and Jota got to the ball ahead of Nelson Semedo, only to head just wide.

The hosts struggled to get a foothold onto the game, losing the midfield battle with Jurgen Klopp deploying three in the middle of the park against Wolves' two.

Prior to the halftime whistle, Rayan Ait-Nouri tip-toed past Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson on the left before firing his strike wayward and out for a throw-in.

Liverpool should have made it 1-0 late in the first half. Jota's threaded pass to Andrew Robertson cut the Wolves defence in half before the left back's pass across goal to Salah was missed by the Egyptian.

The tempo and atmosphere around Molineux was notched up a peg or two on the hour mark with two big chances for both sides.

Hee-Chan Hwang's inverted run allowed the Liverpool defence to get back before the South Korean's effort was smartly read by Alexander-Arnold.

But one of the most bizarre moments of the season occurred moments later following a rare mistake by Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa. 

Jota went into a 50/50 with the home side's number one, came out with the ball and had just Conor Coady and Max Kilman to beat.

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The forward surprisingly opted to get closer to the goal before smashing the ball right at Coady, spearing a huge chance for the Reds.

Klopp replaced Henderson with Divock Origi in a bid to steal all three points, but it was Wolves that looked dangerous - especially on the counter with Adama Traore.

The winner came in the dying moments of the game through substitute Origi. Salah's neat footwork in the box allowed Origi the space and room to turn and break Wolves' hearts.

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