Diogo Jota scored the winner in opposition to his former membership as Liverpool beat Wolverhampton 1-0 in an English Premier League match that ended with Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio being carried off with a head damage.
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 preserve it out at his close to submit.
The goalkeeper didn”t end the sport after being struck on the head within the 87th minute by the knee of teammate Conor Coady, who was operating again into his space.
Coady regarded 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 optimistic replace on Patricio”s situation after the sport, saying: “He”s OK. He is aware, he remembers what occurred, he’s conscious. He is 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.
“Football becomes irrelevant when someone is down that long and the doctors have to come on,” Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson stated of Patricio.
“I know how it can affect 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 improbable 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 stored two straight clear sheets.
But there was little between Liverpool and Wolves in a low-quality match.
“Three dirty points,” Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp stated.
“We are completely fine with that.”
Jota, who price Liverpool about $52 million, was enjoying his fourth straight sport since coming back from three months out with a knee damage. He once more began instead of Roberto Firmino, who remains to be out injured.
“It”s a particular sport, I labored right here for over three years,” Jota stated.
“I know almost everyone in that dressing room. I just wish the fans could be here to make it even more special.”