Diogo Jota scored the winner towards his former membership as Liverpool beat Wolverhampton 1-Zero in an English Premier League match that ended with Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio being carried off with a head damage on Monday.
Jota, who spent three years at Wolves earlier than becoming a member of Liverpool in September, drove in a low, first-time shot that squirmed into the nook within the second minute of first-half stoppage time. Patricio acquired a hand to the ball however didn’t maintain it out at his close to publish.
The goalkeeper didn’t end the sport after being struck on the top within the 87th minute by the knee of teammate Conor Coady, who was working again into his space.
Coady seemed notably involved as medical workers attended to Patricio with warning for 10 minutes earlier than he was taken off on a stretcher.
Wolves supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo gave a constructive replace on Patricio’s situation after the sport, saying: “He’s OK. He’s acutely aware, he remembers what occurred, he’s conscious. He’s OK.”
In November, Wolves striker Raul Jimenez fractured his cranium in a conflict of heads throughout a league match at Arsenal. Jimenez was within the empty stands at Molineux on Monday.
“Soccer turns into irrelevant when somebody is down that lengthy and the medical doctors have to come back on,” Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson mentioned of Patricio.
“I understand how it might have an effect on the lads and that’s two (incidents) they’ve had this season. I hope to see him in entrance of the objectives once more quickly as a result of he’s a implausible goalkeeper.”
It was solely Liverpool’s second win in its final eight league video games of a title protection that has imploded within the second half of the season.
The Reds climbed two locations to sixth, however was nonetheless 5 factors behind fourth-placed Chelsea with 9 video games remaining within the race for Champions League qualification. Chelsea together with three different groups within the race for the highest 4 — Everton, West Ham and Tottenham — all didn’t win over the weekend.
Aided by the return of Jota to spark the assault and Fabinho within the holding midfield position, there are small indicators of a revival for the Reds, who additionally beat Leipzig final midweek to achieve the Champions League quarterfinals and have saved two straight clear sheets.
However there was little between Liverpool and Wolves in a low-quality match.
“Three soiled factors,” Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp mentioned. “We’re fully tremendous with that.”
Jota, who price Liverpool about $52 million, was taking part in his fourth straight sport since coming back from three months out with a knee damage. He once more began rather than Roberto Firmino, who continues to be out injured.
“It’s a particular sport, I labored right here for over three years,” Jota mentioned. “I do know virtually everybody in that dressing room. I simply want the followers could possibly be right here to make it much more particular.”