Origi’s late goal gives Liverpool 1-0 win over Wolves in EPL

Liverpool's Divock Origi, center, scores the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — Divock Origi’s last-gasp goal gave Liverpool a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton on Saturday that lifted the team to second place in the English Premier League.

Origi collected a smart cutback from Mo Salah in injury time and swiveled before slotting in the ball, just as it looked as if Liverpool would fail to score for the first time in eight months.

The visitors missed good chances in the last 30 minutes, with Diogo Jota wasting one of the best when goalkeeper Jose Sa’s mistake left him with only two outfield players guarding the net. Jota’s shot from six yards out, though, was blocked by Conor Coady on the line.

The result put Liverpool atop the standings for a few hours after previous leader Chelsea lost at West Ham 3-2 earlier. But Manchester City claimed first place by beating Watford in the late game.

Liverpool has been Europe’s highest-scoring team this season and netted at least twice in its last 18 matches before arriving at Molineux.

Jurgen Klopp’s team struggled to make the most of their pressure against a resolute Wolves side, though, with Salah, Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara also missing chances as they pressed for a winner.

For Origi, it was another crucial late goal for the club. He also netted the 96th-minute winner in the 2018 Merseyside derby and the goal that settled the 2019 Champions League final against Tottenham.

“We missed a lot of chances and we had to defend the counterattack of Wolves. That was the challenge but I liked the game we played,” Klopp said. “When you don’t score you just have to keep going and that’s what we did. Divock Origi, the legend, came and finished it off for us.”


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