Skipper Jordan Henderson starred with a goal and an assist as table-toppers Liverpool edged Wolverhampton Wanderers by 2-1 in the Premier League here at the Molineux on Thursday.
Henderson headed home from a corner before teeing up Roberto Firmino as Liverpool increased the gap on top to 16 points, with a game in hand.
However, the Reds had to claw their way back into the game after Raul Jimenez had cancelled out Henderson’s opener in the second half.
Jurgen Klopp’s men despite their dominance up top haven’t been convincing at the back as Wolves almost snatched an equaliser deep into injury time, only for Diogo Jota to scuff his effort from close range.
Alisson had to pull off a couple of sharp saves off Traore to deny Wolves a point, which could’ve lifted them ahead of Manchester United, up to 5th.
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Liverpool had the perfect of starts when Henderson had fired them ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, heading home from Trent Alexandre Arnold’s corner.
Klopp had to make an early substitution as Minamino came on for his Premier League debut after Sadio Mane had picked up a knock.
The Japanese, however, couldn’t mark his league debut with a goal.
After the break, Wolves were quick to respond as Raul Jimenez guided his header past Alisson, following Traore’s looping cross.
But, with less than 10 minutes of normal time left, Henderson turned provider as he teed up Firmino, who showed quick feet inside the box before firing his effort past Rui Patricio.
Since losing 1-2 at the Etihad against Manchester City last season, Liverpool are unbeaten in each of their last 40 Premier League matches.
The Reds will now take on League One outfit Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.