Five things we learned from Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Wolves

Liverpool can win the title if they sort out their defence, Mo Salah is more than just goals and a rotated Reds side will still be strong against LASK… FIVE things we learned from the Reds’ 3-1 comeback victory against Wolves

  • Liverpool came from behind to beat Wolves 3-1 at the Molineux Stadium 
  • The Reds showed character after struggling defensively in the first-half 
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Liverpool again fought back from behind to take a valuable three points on the road in the early kick-off on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp will have been left far from impressed with his side’s display in the opening half, with Wolves taking the lead after just seven minutes.

Whatever the German said at half-time though appeared to do the trick, as goals from Cody Gakpo, Andy Robertson and an own-goal from Hugo Bueno sealed the three points in a 3-1 win.

The Reds won none of their six 12.30pm games last season, a time which has often caused Klopp’s side problems during his tenure. 

Mail Sport’s Lewis Steele takes a look at five things we learned from Liverpool’s comeback victory. 

Liverpool came from behind to beat Wolves with Andy Robertson (right) scoring the goal to put them ahead at the Molineux Stadium

Will Liverpool regret not signing a defender?

Liverpool spent an awful lot of time in the summer transfer window agonising about signing a No 6 and revamping their midfield but it was obvious from the outside that the club also needed defensive reinforcements.

With Ibrahima Konate not fully fit after a minor injury – he came off the substitutes’ bench here – and Virgil Van Dijk serving the final game of his suspension, it left the Reds with an extremely makeshift back four, noting Trent Alexander-Arnold was also missing with a hamstring niggle.

Jarell Quansah, 20, made his first Premier League start for the club and did little wrong but his continued inclusions could point to a lack of depth. Joel Matip, 32, has been a fantastic servant for the club but his best days might be behind him, while Joe Gomez is also not first choice.

The line-up certainly seemed to fill Wolves with confidence, especially in the first half as they caused all sorts of problems for Liverpool’s defence. Matip was skipped past by Pedro Neto for Wolves’ goal, while Gomez had a tough afternoon.

Liverpool looked at a number of centre backs this summer but decided to focus their full attention on the midfield rebuild. They will almost certainly return to the defensive market next summer, with targets already identified.

But after a couple of shaky defensive displays this season – they have looked suspect at other times despite good results – Liverpool might be left to rue their decision to not go for a centre half this summer.

Liverpool might be left to rue their decision not to sign a centre-half in the summer window

Reds FINALLY win a 12.30pm kick-off 

Jurgen Klopp launched a furious tirade about having to play in the 12.30pm Saturday slot and for 80 minutes here, it looked like the German’s frustrations were justified with his team looking lethargic, slow and off the boil.

Liverpool won none of their six games at 12.30pm on a Saturday last season, losing three of those and scoring just three goals. In Klopp’s entire tenure, it is the worst kick-off time for him, with just 1.71 points per game.

Alexis Mac Allister was hooked at half-time after a poor 45 minutes, while Dominik Szoboszlai had his first below-par game in a Liverpool shirt. In Mac Allister’s defence, he played in the altitude of Bolivia just days ago and was clearly fatigued from that.

Indeed, Liverpool did not have a shot on target until first-half stoppage time when Jose Sa denied Mo Salah. The Reds looked toothless and Cody Gakpo, who led the line here, barely had a sniff in the first half.

Klopp’s substitutions changed the game, though, with Luis Diaz providing more directness in the second half and Harvey Elliott adding more energy and dynamism. Though Gakpo is great on the ball, Darwin Nunez’s introduction gave Liverpool more of a focal point up top.

Liverpool finally won a 12.30pm game with their substitutions making the difference

Salah the Egyptian assist king 

A pinpoint cross to tee up Gakpo for the first, a clever one-two with Andy Robertson for the second and picking out Elliott for the third – whether Salah gets officially awarded three assists or not is unclear but what is clear is that he is turning into a creative king.

He tops the Premier League assist table and he has now been involved in 200 goals in 223 games for Liverpool in the Premier League, with only Thierry Henry reaching this milestone in fewer appearances for a single club in the competition.

Salah became only the second player to reach 200 Premier League goal involvements for Liverpool, after Steven Gerrard. And he is now also leading the assist standings for Africans in the Premier League era, surpassing Riyad Mahrez’s haul for Leicester and Manchester City.

All that highlights why Liverpool were so keen to keep him when the Saudis came calling in the last month and his contributions so far this season have shown that he is priceless to Liverpool – in a goal-scoring and creative sense.

Mo Salah tops the assist chart after playing a part in all three goals against Wolves

Europa will be good for fringe players 

Liverpool travel to Linz this week to begin their Europa League campaign and it feels that will be a good chance for certain fringe players to make a name for themselves, with Klopp unlikely to risk Salah and Co in the group stage.

Players such as Wataru Endo, Elliott and Kostas Tsimikas are likely to get minutes, while youngsters Ben Doak, Quansah and Bobby Clark will likely travel to Austria if they are fit and healthy. Caiomhin Kelleher could start in goal if Alisson gets a rest.

There will also likely be more minutes for Ryan Gravenberch after the summer addition from Bayern Munich made his Liverpool debut off the bench here. The Dutchman has a unique burst of pace and is multi-functional so it will be interesting to see where Klopp uses him.

Players like Wataru Endo could benefit from Liverpool’s participation in the Europa League

A word on Wolves 

To get from the stands to the press room at Molineux you need to fight through hoards of home fans leaving the stadium. It is frustratingly slow but interesting to gauge opinions of supporters via eavesdropping.

The general consensus from Wolves fans was, ‘With Gary O’Neil in charge we will be fine this season’, along with a lot of praise for Pedro Neto and new signing Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, who was excellent in the first half.

After watching Wolves’ games so far this campaign, there is definitely a feeling that they are much better than many thought when making pre-season predictions for them to be relegated. There are definitely three worse teams in the division.

Neto was a class act in the first half and gave Liverpool’s back four a torrid time, while Rayan Ait-Nouri and Craig Dawson were solid in that opening period. They will be disappointed to not take at least a point from this, but there are reasons for optimism.

Pedro Neto caused Liverpool many problems particularly during the first-half of the game

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