Liverpool hosted the Wolves on Sunday in a Premier League Round 20 game between the first- and seventh-placed teams in the standings. The Reds are coming off a resounding win over Leicester City, and Wolves are full of confidence after downing Manchester City in their last game. Liverpool is unbeaten in its last 35 Premier League games and has won 26 of its last 27, including 17 of 18 this season. That form, plus recent history against Wolves the Reds have won seven and drawn two of their last 10 meetings, suggests the club’s march toward Premier League glory will continue unabated. With a score of 1 against the Wolves.
According to CBS Sports, the winning goal in the first half was initially called off due to what the referee thought was a handball on Adam Lallana. It was reviewed, and it was determined that the ball hit him on the chest and shoulder area before falling to Mane for the goal. Now, the second VAR controversy. Wolves scored through Pedro Neto in the first half, only to have the call overturned. The review, however, determined Neto was offside by the slightest margin. The call was made because the attacker’s foot was just ahead of the defender. Liverpool had a double-digit lead over Manchester City in December and lost. Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool side is 13 points clear of second-place Leicester and 14 ahead of defending champion Manchester City, having played one game less than both its rivals.
According to Seattle Times, it is the second time in Liverpool’s history it has gone 50 league games at home unbeaten in the top division, having achieved a run of 63 games between 1978 and 1980. Chelsea is the only other side to have previously reached the mark with an impressive 86-game spell without losing at Stamford Bridge, between 2004 and 2008. Liverpool’s last home defeat in the league was at home to Crystal Palace in April 2017. After Mohamed Salah’s tame volley was easily saved and Roberto Firmino’s glancing header from a corner went wide, Mané swept the ball in from close range. Lallana moved smartly between two defenders to reach Virgil van Dijk’s long pass and knocked the ball down.
Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo was booked in the aftermath after protesting with fourth official Mike Dean, but following the match, he refused to be drawn into a discussion on VAR. Stating, “These decisions are being taken by a referee miles away and he doesn’t have the feel for the game. What we don’t want is what happened, to come to Anfield, Liverpool, a fantastic team, fantastic fans, fantastic stadium and we are left celebrating a non-goal. We had to manage our players. We played 45 hours ago, the way the players coped, a lot of them played 90 minutes in both, it’s amazing and it tells you a lot about their character.”
Liverpool have 55 points from 19 games, while Wolves are seventh in the table five points behind Chelsea in fourth.