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Steven Fletcher fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Edwards.
Sotirios Kyrgiakos has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Steven Fletcher is caught offside. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Babel. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
David Edwards joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Jarvis.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ronald Zubar on Dirk Kuyt. Free kick crossed by Steven Gerrard. Martin Skrtel is ruled offside. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Fletcher challenges Fabio Aurelio unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Dirk Kuyt challenges Ronald Zubar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is swung over by Steven Gerrard.
The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake delivers the ball.
Leiva Lucas challenges Sylvan Ebanks-Blake unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Jarvis takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sotirios Kyrgiakos on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Ronald Zubar restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Fletcher replaces Stephen Ward.
Ryan Babel is caught offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Glen Johnson booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Glen Johnson on Matthew Jarvis. Nenad Milijas crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Jose Reina makes a save.
Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, Jose Reina fouled by Christophe Berra, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Stephen Hunt, save by Jose Reina.
Fabio Aurelio comes on in place of Paul Konchesky.
Joe Cole replaces Raul Meireles.
Shot from outside the area by Ryan Babel misses to the left of the goal.
Raul Meireles sends in a cross, clearance by Richard Stearman.
Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Glen Johnson gets a block in. Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line to the near post, Leiva Lucas makes a clearance.
Ryan Babel joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Ngog. Steven Gerrard concedes a free kick for a foul on Nenad Milijas. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
Raul Meireles crosses the ball, clearance by Richard Stearman.
Stephen Hunt challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.
Stephen Ward is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Stephen Ward finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 0-1 Wolverhampton.Sylvan Ebanks-Blake provided the assist for the goal.
A cross is delivered by George Elokobi, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Ronald Zubar takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Hunt.
Stephen Hunt crosses the ball, clearance made by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Effort from inside the six-yard box by David Ngog goes wide right of the goal.
The official flags Fernando Torres offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
Centre by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Raul Meireles manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, David Ngog takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, comfortable save by Jose Reina.
David Ngog gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Stearman. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross.
Unfair challenge on Jose Reina by Stephen Ward results in a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard to the near post, George Elokobi manages to make a clearance.
David Ngog takes a shot. Richard Stearman gets a block in.
Steven Gerrard crosses the ball, comfortable save by Wayne Hennessey.
George Elokobi sends in a cross.
David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Paul Konchesky produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Raul Meireles produces a cross, clearance made by Richard Stearman.
George Elokobi goes into the book. Foul by George Elokobi on Leiva Lucas, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Richard Stearman on David Ngog, free kick awarded. Martin Skrtel takes the free kick.
Stephen Ward challenges Paul Konchesky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Stephen Ward delivers the ball, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Hunt, Paul Konchesky gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis.
Centre by Stephen Ward, Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, save by Wayne Hennessey.
Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Christophe Berra.
Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Ward. Kevin Foley takes the free kick.
Stephen Hunt takes a inswinging corner.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a cross, Glen Johnson makes a clearance.
Shot from long distance by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Ngog by George Elokobi. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.
Matthew Jarvis takes the inswinging corner, Steven Gerrard manages to make a clearance.
Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, clearance by Raul Meireles.
Raul Meireles crosses the ball, clearance by Christophe Berra.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard to the near post, Matthew Jarvis manages to make a clearance.
Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, clearance by Richard Stearman.
Christophe Berra challenges Raul Meireles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.
The offside flag is raised against Matthew Jarvis. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Stephen Hunt takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Stephen Hunt takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Leiva Lucas. Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line played to the near post, Dirk Kuyt manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Ngog by Kevin Foley. Free kick taken by Fernando Torres, Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
David Ngog fouled by Kevin Foley, the ref awards a free kick. Fernando Torres restarts play with the free kick. Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Nenad Milijas has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The game gets underway.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The second half has started.
The referee ends the match.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson hopes to sign off a disappointing 2010 on a high note as he looks to a prosperous new year.
The last 12 months have been eventful both on and off the field for the Merseysiders.
Results have been on the slide ever since the Reds began 2010 with a third round FA Cup exit to Championship side Reading.
Having finished a disappointing seventh in the Barclays Premier League manager Rafael Benitez was dispensed with and Roy Hodgson drafted in as his replacement.
In the wake of intense speculation about the futures of star players Fernando Torres, Jose Reina and Steven Gerrard - and on the back of a World Cup - the new appointment did not produce the expected bounce back in terms of performances.
However, since the £300million sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures in October a degree of stability as returned to Anfield.
And while Liverpool are still a long way off the pace of Champions League qualification Hodgson is hopeful the worst is now behind them.
"I get the feeling every day the players are committed to the club and will work hard to do a bit better in 2011 than they have done in 2010," said the manager, whose side face Wolves at Anfield on Wednesday.
"They are capable of it and I am really anxious to work with them and help them with it. I have no fears in that respect. Everyone is anxious to make 2011 a better year than 2010.
"The club - the players and the staff - dealt with the takeover situation very well. We didn't use it as an excuse, although I'm not certain we needed it as an excuse because I don't think we were playing as well at that stage.
"We have got better as a team with all the work we are putting in and we are getting better but it is results that count. Every day is exciting for me. Every day I realise I am privileged to be in the position of football manager and even more privileged to be manager of one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
"I would hope that I would never be found guilty of not saying it is a privilege. I am really looking forward to the challenge of 2011 with this team, who I feel are capable of much better things than in 2010."
One stumbling block to Liverpool's sustained recovery this season is that they have not been able to put together a long run of good results.
Captain Steven Gerrard returns against Wolves after more than six weeks out with a hamstring tear while defender Daniel Agger could be in the squad, having last played for the Reds on September 25 because of a complex calf problem.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy insists he is under no pressure from club owner Steve Morgan despite his side propping up the Barclays Premier League table.
McCarthy saw Wolves slide into 20th position after being beaten 2-1 at home by fellow strugglers Wigan on Boxing Day.
Now they face a testing clash with Liverpool at Anfield.
But McCarthy is adamant he retains the backing of Morgan and Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey.
He said: "Am I feeling the pressure at all? It is always the same from outside. I don't worry about that at all because I have a good relationship with everyone at the club.
"A huge amount of faith and trust has been placed in me - and by me in them (Morgan and Moxey). That doesn't concern me at all. I just carry on and keep trying to get results.
"We are all concerned about it, of course we are. No-one is happy with the position we are in. But to start worrying about things I can't do anything about....that is not the case.
I don't think I have any need to worry about that."
McCarthy will have to keep faith with the 18 players on duty against the Latics.
In addition to Doyle, Henry and Craddock, he will again be without Steve Mouyokolo and Michael Mancienne through injury.
But winger Kevin Jarvis and striker Steven Fletcher are in contention to start after only being fit enough to be on the bench against Wigan because of a knee injury and illness respectively.
Wolves slay troubles Reds
Liverpool's lack of match practice cost them dearly as they lost an eighth Barclays Premier League match of the season and bottom side Wolves picked up their first three-point haul since last March with a 1-0 win.
Snowy weather had forced the postponements of games against Fulham and Blackpool, meaning the Reds had not played in the league for 18 days.
That showed as they lacked invention and energy - even with the return of Steven Gerrard from six weeks out - but the visitors did have that spark and ended a run of six successive defeats away from home thanks to Stephen Ward's first Premier League goal.
The last time Wolves won at Anfield was 27 years ago next month when Steve Mardenborough scored the only goal of his Wanderers career.
But there could be no complaints from the home side who did not do nearly enough to extend a six-match unbeaten home record stretching back to their fateful loss to newcomers Blackpool on October 3.
Those were the dark days of the Reds' campaign, when they were lingering in the relegation zone after their worst start for 57 years.
Roy Hodgson cannot afford a return to those times with his side 12th in the table and owners New England Sports Ventures still deciding how much money they are willing to give the manager to strengthen the squad in next month's transfer window.
All but Martin Skrtel, Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Dirk Kuyt, had not seen any competitive action since the 3-1 defeat at Newcastle on December 11.
The aforementioned trio had played small parts in the goalless Europa League draw at home to Utrecht but the rest had spent the last two and a half weeks training at Melwood.
It was not apparent from this display as there was a lack of cohesion and fluidity which Wolves were only too happy to take advantage of.
The minute's applause for former Liverpool defenders Avi Cohen, who died aged 54 after a motorbike accident, and Bill Jones - grandfather of Reds right-back Rob Jones - who passed away aged 89 - had barely faded away before Raul Meireles had a chance to put the hosts ahead.
Maybe the lack of match practice contributed to his failure to open the scoring after just seven minutes but it was a poor excuse if so.
Fernando Torres' quickly-taken free-kick left George Elokobi floundering but the Portugal international shot straight at goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and Richard Stearman cleared the loose ball.
Liverpool's strikers fed on scraps throughout - Torres did not have one opportunity - as Wolves pressurised the man in possession and defended solidly.
David Ngog's left-footed shot from 25 yards was easily claimed by Hennessey as Liverpool struggled to break down Wolves, who were enjoying plenty of possession themselves.
With the visitors finding room on their left it prompted a tactical switch, with Gerrard moving to the right and Meireles returning to the centre where he had enjoyed his best performances.
It lasted only until half-time as Gerrard reverted to the middle.
Again the Reds could have taken an early lead as Dirk Kuyt's pass to Glen Johnson inside the penalty area set up Ngog but he hooked wide from six yards.
Wolves defender Ronald Zubar was slightly closer with his shot on the turn as he at least forced Jose Reina, on his 200th Premier League appearance, into a low save.
It was an omen of things to come as in the 56th minute the visitors took the lead after a mix-up between Skrtel and Kyrgiakos allowed Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's through-ball to squeeze between them.
Ward raced in behind to poke home the first goal conceded at Anfield in 478 minutes in all competitions.
Ngog was replaced by Ryan Babel just past the hour, a decision met with derision by the Kop - who not for the first time this season briefly chanted the name of Kenny Dalglish.
Liverpool were wobbling and only a last-gasp block by Johnson prevented Jarvis making it 2-0.
Hodgson's final two substitutions sent on Joe Cole and Fabio Aurelio for Meireles and Paul Konchesky.
Two minutes from time Skrtel headed in Gerrard's free-kick but he was well offside.
Wolves fans sang "How bad must you be? We're playing away" and on the night it was difficult to argue with that.
The Kop appeared to be in agreement, responding with "Hodgson for England".
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