Belfast Telegraph

Suarez on target in Wolves defeat

Liverpool ended their two-match losing run as they recorded a 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Wolves at Anfield.

A Roger Johnson own goal, diverting in Charlie Adam's shot, and a magical Luis Suarez strike appeared to have put the Reds in the comfort zone at half-time.

However, Steven Fletcher pulled one back early in the second half and despite creating - and missing - a number of good chances the home side were grateful for the final whistle.

Wolves had actually started well, aided by their hosts conceding numerous free-kicks and their best chance fell to Jamie O'Hara when an ill-judged backpass from Martin Kelly saw the midfielder shoot weakly at Jose Reina.

A couple of Adam corners caused some difficulties for Wolves but not as much as the midfielder's 11th-minute shot. Stewart Downing's lay-off saw him unleash a 25-yarder which was diverted past Wayne Hennessey by Johnson's diving header.

Despite Andy Carroll playing well, it was Suarez who was providing the major threat up front, with numerous half-chances falling to him before he finally got he just desserts in the 38th minute. Jose Enrique lifted a ball over the top of the defence and Suarez timed his run perfectly to collect, turn Christophe Berra and fire a shot inside the near post.

But Liverpool's defensive record this season - they have kept only one clean sheet - meant the third goal would be crucial and it fell to Wolves.

Four minutes after coming on for the start of the second half, Fletcher smashed home Stephen Hunt's cut-back.

But Wolves almost crumbled in the aftermath as Hennessey produced his most important save of the game to block Suarez's effort. Carroll then headed against a post while Hennessey made yet another vital block to deny Downing.

And though there were a few worrying moments before the end, Kenny Dalglish's side hung on.


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