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Firmino late goal awards Liverpool 16 points clear in the title race

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24 Jan 2020
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Liverpool’s zeal to the Premier League title is on fire. Roberto Firmino’s late winner at Wolverhampton awarded them the victory that extends their lead to 16 points with a game at hand.

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Wolves made life uncomfortable for Klopp’s side before Firmino ensured Liverpool took another significant step towards their first title in 30 years.

Wolverhampton can, therefore, consider themselves unfortunate to fall as Liverpool’s 22nd win in 23 league games.

Jordan Henderson headed Liverpool in front of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner after eight minutes of play. Nonetheless, Wolves drew level six minutes after the break when Raul Jimenez glanced in Adama Traore’s cross.

It was the first goal Liverpool had conceded in the League for more than 12 hours. It required important saves from goalkeeper Alisson to keep out Traore and Jimenez as Wolves pressed.

Meanwhile, Liverpool carried a huge threat. Firmino drilled home the winner with six minutes left.

Liverpool found a way again via Firmino

It was crystal clear Liverpool was put under more pressure by Wolves than any time in the Premier League. However, the “machines” did what champions do and found a way to get the job done.

After Wolves equalized, there was a possibility that Liverpool could lose their first league game in more than a year.

One thing Wolves might have forgotten is Liverpool is a team that has forgotten how to draw and to lose. Though it came against the run of play, it was no great surprise when Firmino made the decisive late contribution.

Henderson delivered a collector’s item with a header from a corner. However, it was his more customary attributes that helped his team through periods of suffering in the second half. He was constantly available and always urging his team-mates to greater efforts.

“The boys are human”-Jurgen Klopp

“The boys are human. It was a little bit up and down. We discussed the pitch. There was stuff to improve but set-pieces can bring us back in the game. Wolves were really strong but we could settle again.”

“We changed the system two or three times. We calmed it down, we had incredible chances in the first half and then at the end it was a magical moment.”

“You just have to find a way to win and have someone who makes the perfect decision. And that was Bobby again,” said Klopp

 

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