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Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Ward on Charlie Adam. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Stephen Ward fouled by Dirk Kuyt, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Jamie O'Hara is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Roger Johnson fouled by Andy Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Steven Gerrard misses to the right of the target.
Adlene Guedioura challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Andy Carroll is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Adlene Guedioura on for Stephen Hunt.
Luis Suarez leaves the field to be replaced by Steven Gerrard.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Stephen Hunt. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Jamie O'Hara sends in a cross, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Doyle. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Stephen Ward.
Centre by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Christophe Berra.
Matthew Jarvis fouled by Martin Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Ward takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam played to the near post, clearance made by Jamie O'Hara.
A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, Matt Doherty makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Charlie Adam.
Luis Suarez decides to take the corner short.
Dirk Kuyt is brought on as a substitute for Jordan Henderson.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, Jose Reina makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Jamie O'Hara, Martin Kelly manages to make a clearance.
Leiva Lucas has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Centre by Matthew Jarvis, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Kevin Doyle misses to the right of the goal.
Jamie O'Hara crosses the ball, Charlie Adam makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara, clearance by Andy Carroll.
The ball is sent over by Jamie O'Hara.
Booking for Martin Kelly for unsporting behaviour. Martin Kelly challenges Matthew Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Hunt restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Martin Kelly.
Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball in from the corner, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball, clearance by Christophe Berra.
Centre by Matthew Jarvis.
Jamie O'Hara takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Andy Carroll is given a yellow card. Andy Carroll challenges Matt Doherty unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Luis Suarez delivers the ball, clearance made by Kevin Doyle.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Karl Henry.
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, Headed effort from inside the area by Andy Carroll strikes the post.
The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing, Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.
Charlie Adam challenges Matt Doherty unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Steven Fletcher grabs a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 2-1 Wolverhampton.Stephen Hunt provided the assist for the goal.
Jamie O'Hara delivers the ball, Jose Reina makes a save.
The official flags Matthew Jarvis offside. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Andy Carroll produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Centre by Jordan Henderson, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jordan Henderson. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Matt Doherty joins the action as a substitute, replacing Richard Stearman. (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Steven Fletcher coming on for David Edwards.
Unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Luis Suarez results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Hunt receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Hunt on Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
The referee books Stephen Ward for unsporting behaviour.
David Edwards produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Luis Suarez scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-0 Wolverhampton.The assist for the goal came from Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Luis Suarez is caught offside. Free kick taken by Roger Johnson.
Luis Suarez is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
David Edwards takes a shot. Leiva Lucas gets a block in.
Sanchez Jose Enrique challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Hunt restarts play with the free kick.
Leiva Lucas is cautioned.
Unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
Caution for Karl Henry. Martin Skrtel fouled by Karl Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Luis Suarez from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Karl Henry has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Martin Skrtel challenges Jamie O'Hara unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Hunt has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Leiva Lucas. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
Andy Carroll delivers the ball.
The ball is swung over by Kevin Doyle, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
Jordan Henderson challenges Stephen Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
Christophe Berra is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Jordan Henderson.
Foul by Richard Stearman on Stewart Downing, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stewart Downing.
Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the left by-line, Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.
Jordan Henderson delivers the ball.
Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Luis Suarez is ruled offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
Charlie Adam takes a shot from 20 yards.
Headed own goal by Roger Johnson. Liverpool 1-0 Wolverhampton.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam played to the near post, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
The ball is swung over by Martin Kelly, clearance by Christophe Berra.
Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam.
Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Foul by Jamie O'Hara on Andy Carroll, free kick awarded. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
Booking for Jamie O'Hara for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Stephen Hunt. Jamie O'Hara produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Jamie O'Hara. Jamie O'Hara crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Luis Suarez.
Dalglish: Club is bigger than an individual
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's return from injury briefly deflected the spotlight away from striker Andy Carroll but manager Kenny Dalglish knows it is bound to return.
The club's #35million record signing has yet to score in five Barclays Premier League appearances - three of which have been starts - with his only goal so far coming against League One Exeter in the Carling Cup.
Carroll was left on the bench in midweek for the fourth-round tie at Brighton and with Craig Bellamy, Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt combining well together it only prompted more questions about how the England international fits in to Liverpool's pass-and-move approach.
In fairness to Carroll he was one of the nine men who had to play the full 90 minutes in the 4-0 runaround Tottenham gave them at last weekend and probably warranted a rest.
And Dalglish put little significance by his decision to rest his record signing, although he now has a selection dilemma for the visit of Wolves.
"Andy is a professional footballer who understands what goes on in football," said the Reds boss.
"He worked really hard at Tottenham. It was a bad performance and a bad day for us.
"We don't have a team, we have a squad. There will be times when someone will play and others won't.
"Sometimes you'll be lucky and sometimes you'll be unlucky.
"But the football club is more important than one individual - including myself.
"I'm sure the players realise that. Although there will be a disappointment if you aren't playing, I think there's an understanding as well."
Dalglish has to decide whether Gerrard is ready to start after less than 20 minutes' pitch time in midweek.
He will welcome the return to fitness of Martin Kelly though as right-back Glen Johnson is still out with a hamstring strain and Martin Skrtel, out of his depth against Gareth Bale, is likely to take over from Daniel Agger, who has a broken rib, in his more familiar central position.
Meanwhile, Wolves manager Mick McCarthy admits he loves being a footballing giant-killer as his team look to topple Liverpool at Anfield for a second successive season.
But McCarthy knows there will have to be a vast improvement on his team's showing in their last league outing against QPR six days ago.
McCarthy is aware Liverpool are a more potent force now than when Stephen Ward's goal earned Wolves a shock 1-0 success on Merseyside last December, but insists he is not envious of the greater resources Dalglish has at his disposal.
He said: "I've enjoyed competing against people with far greater resources all through my career as a player and a manager.
"We'll go up there and try to upset the applecart and keep being a thorn in everyone's side if we can.
"Winning at Anfield was one of our best results of the season - never mind just away from home.
"They slapped us 3-0 in the return so they kind of made up for it. I'd love to have a similar result to what we had at Anfield but they have been playing well.
"It was a difficult game for them at the weekend when they had a couple of players sent off [in Sunday's 4-0 defeat] at Tottenham.
"But they have got some fabulous players and started the season superbly."
Wolves skipper Roger Johnson and striker Steven Fletcher will both be available to McCarthy after thigh and groin injuries.
Reds eke out unconvincing win
Liverpool returned to winning ways with a 2-1 triumph over Wolves but the Reds made hard work of it as defensive frailties and equally-fragile confidence levels were almost exposed for a third successive week.
Everything appeared to be going to plan as a Roger Johnson own goal, diverting in Charlie Adam's shot, and another magical Luis Suarez strike appeared to have put the Reds in the comfort zone at half-time.
But substitute Steven Fletcher pulled one back within minutes of the second half starting to ratchet up the pressure on the hosts, who were guilty of missing a number of opportunities to make the victory easier than it turned out to be.
Having lost back-to-back matches at Stoke and Tottenham, where they were humiliated 4-0, it was understandable nerves would be shaky.
And with the Reds keen to avoid a third successive defeat, which would have been their worst run since 2003, the pressure to secure a victory - especially with the Merseyside derby and the visit of Manchester United around the corner - was all-important.
What was equally key to Kenny Dalglish's side's fortunes this season was captain Steven Gerrard making his first Barclays Premier League appearance since March having recovered from a groin operation.
Wolves had actually started the brighter, aided by their hosts' penchant for conceding free-kicks outside their own penalty area.
Their best chance fell to Jamie O'Hara when a ill-judged backpass from Martin Kelly, returning to the side in the absence of the injured Daniel Agger, saw the midfielder shoot weakly at Jose Reina.
A couple of Adam corners caused some difficulties for the Wolves defence but not as much as the midfielder's 11th-minute long-range shot.
Stewart Downing's lay-off saw the Scotland midfielder unleash a 25-yard shot which was diverted past Wayne Hennessey by Johnson's diving header.
Andy Carroll, still the subject of intense debate about his place in the side, should have silenced his critics with a free header from Downing's corner but planted the ball straight at the goalkeeper.
In his favour, however, the England international's performance offered plenty apart from a goal.
But it was Suarez who, once again, was providing the major threat up front with the Wolves centre-backs struggling to contain the Uruguay forward.
Johnson was left bewildered when Suarez brought down Reina's kick and turned the defender inside the penalty area only for his cross to be cut out.
Two further half-chances fell to the South American before he finally got he just desserts in the 38th minute with a goal which owed everything to his movement and Jose Enrique's vision.
The Liverpool left-back lifted a ball over the top of the defence and his team-mate timed his run perfectly to collect, turn Christophe Berra inside then out before firing a shot inside the near post.
Just before the break - during which the third biggest cheer of the afternoon greeted news of former Reds striker Fernando Torres' sending-off for Chelsea - Suarez poked another shot just wide of the far post.
But Liverpool's defensive record this season - they have kept only one clean sheet - meant the third goal would be crucial and it fell to Wolves.
Four minutes after coming on for the start of the second half boyhood Reds fan Fletcher smashed home a shot from Stephen Hunt's cut-back after Reina and Martin Skrtel had got in the way of each other trying to clear their lines.
But Wolves almost crumbled in the aftermath as Hennessey produced his most important save of the game to block Suarez's effort at close quarters from Carroll's knockdown.
Carroll headed against a post while Hennessey made yet another vital block to deny Downing, who should have scored after Liverpool broke quickly on the counter-attack.
Wolves recovered their composure and turned the tables with an extended spell of pressure which caused some consternation amid the massed Red ranks and almost saw Berra equalise with a far-post header.
The long-awaited appearance of Gerrard, who made a brief substitute appearance in the Carling Cup in midweek, finally arrived in the 81st minute when the England midfielder replaced Suarez, who had run himself into the ground.
When the ball dropped to the Reds captain 25 yards out he did not need a second invitation to unleash a dipping volley but there was no fairytale Anfield comeback as the ball bounced wide.
There were a few worrying moments before the end but Dalglish's side saw them out to get back on the winning track.
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