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The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
Fernando Torres grabs a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-3 Liverpool.
A goal is scored by Fernando Torres from close in high into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-3 Liverpool.Dirk Kuyt provided the assist for the goal.
Shot on goal by Steven Fletcher from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The referee shows Raul Meireles a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Raul Meireles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Karl Henry takes the free kick.
Close range header by Steven Fletcher goes wide of the left-hand post.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Leiva Lucas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Direct free kick taken by Adam Hammill.
Fabio Aurelio joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rodriguez Maxi.
Nenad Milijas crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Kevin Doyle goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Centre by Nenad Milijas, Header on goal by Christophe Berra from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Jonjo Shelvey produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Adam Hammill comes on in place of Stephen Hunt. Jonjo Shelvey on for Christian Poulsen. Rodriguez Maxi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Stephen Ward crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Stephen Hunt misses to the right of the target.
Raul Meireles takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Stephen Hunt takes a inswinging corner.
Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Raul Meireles, clearance by Steven Fletcher.
Martin Skrtel challenges Steven Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nenad Milijas from left channel, Jose Reina makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Dirk Kuyt. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Karl Henry challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis, save made by Jose Reina.
Shot from deep inside the area by Ronald Zubar clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Nenad Milijas. Stephen Hunt produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Leiva Lucas gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Ward, Christian Poulsen manages to make a clearance.
Martin Skrtel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle. Free kick crossed right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from left wing, clearance by Daniel Agger.
Goal scored by Raul Meireles from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-2 Liverpool.
Steven Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Poulsen. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
Raul Meireles produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Fernando Torres booked for unsporting behaviour. Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Ward. Free kick crossed by Matthew Jarvis.
Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, save by Jose Reina.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Kelly on Stephen Hunt. The ball is crossed by Stephen Hunt, Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
The referee blows for offside against Ronald Zubar. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
Rodriguez Maxi has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Rodriguez Maxi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Fernando Torres results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Raul Meireles has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
A goal is scored by Fernando Torres from close range low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-1 Liverpool.Assist on the goal came from Raul Meireles.
Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Hunt. Stephen Hunt crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
Shot from just outside the box by Raul Meireles misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Leiva Lucas on Karl Henry, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Kevin Doyle. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on Raul Meireles. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
Daniel Agger challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nenad Milijas has an effort direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Fernando Torres. Nenad Milijas crosses the ball in from the free kick, Leiva Lucas makes a clearance.
Leiva Lucas handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
Corner taken by Raul Meireles played to the near post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Christophe Berra on Fernando Torres. Raul Meireles crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Daniel Agger.
Rodriguez Maxi fouled by Ronald Zubar, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
Matthew Jarvis takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Dirk Kuyt.
Ronald Zubar concedes a free kick for a foul on Rodriguez Maxi. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Foul by Fernando Torres on Richard Stearman, free kick awarded. Nenad Milijas delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Daniel Agger.
Christian Poulsen takes a shot. Richard Stearman gets a block in.
The official flags Steven Fletcher offside. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
Christian Poulsen receives a yellow card. Christian Poulsen challenges Stephen Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nenad Milijas restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line played to the near post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Nenad Milijas. Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save by Jose Reina.
The game kicks-off.
No Jarvis exit on the cards for Mick
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has said the signing of winger Adam Hammill does not pave the way for sought-after wide man Matt Jarvis to leave the club.
Hammill, who like Jarvis can play on either flank, has signed from Barnsley for #500,000.
The club now have four wingers in the first team squad, but Mick McCarthy sees Hammill as an addition, rather than a replacement.
"That's the old one of adding up two and two and getting whatever number you want to get," he said.
"There's no chance.
"When I was speaking with Adam and his agent, I said 'I hope he knows that we've got two terrific wingers at the minute (Jarvis and Stephen Hunt), and neither of them are going anywhere - you're coming here to compete'.
"His opinion was that he wants to take one of their places.
"He wants to demote one of them to the bench, not see one of them be sold."
Hammill added that he wants to learn from the senior players' experience.
"I'm looking to take things from their game and add them to my own," he said.
"I've seen them play in the Premier League and the quality they have is for everyone to see.
"If I can pick little things up on the training pitch and on a Saturday and put them in my own armoury then I'll be delighted."
Hammill will go straight into the Wolves squad for their match against Liverpool, coincidentally the winger's first club.
"It's ironic that Liverpool are the first game," the boyhood Reds fan said.
"It's fantastic for me personally to be able to get back to the big stage and show a lot of people at Liverpool that I was a good player who deserved to play in the Premier League.
"There'd be nothing more satisfying than getting a win on Saturday."
Kenny Dalglish is still searching for his first victory after returning as Liverpool manager and heads to Wolves admitting he has no explanation for the club's woeful away record.
The Reds have, under three different managers, registered just two Barclays Premier League victories on the road in almost 13 months.
That record contributed to the difficulties Rafael Benitez had before his departure in June and was a major factor in Roy Hodgson leaving after just six months.
Dalglish could not halt the slide with an inauspicious first defeat at Blackpool nine days ago but goes to Molineux still trying to work out why his team have been so bad on the road.
"It's surprising. The reasons why have yet to be fathomed," he said.
"We've done bad enough (under him) - we lost at Blackpool!
"But it's up to us. It's up to the players to come together and try to turn it around as quickly as we can.
"It's very unlike Liverpool not to have a good away record. Normally it's excellent.
"There are some things we've got to put right and that's one of them."
Another issue to put right is avenging the defeat by Wolves at Anfield last month - one of the worst performances by Liverpool in a long time.
It was the result which signalled the beginning of the end of Hodgson's short spell in charge and hastened the return of Dalglish to a role he had not occupied for almost 20 years.
The same players who looked so lethargic in that Wolves defeat have responded positively to Dalglish's arrival in the dugout, even if that as not been reflected in results with a draw in Sunday's Merseyside derby ending a run two successive defeats.
Dalglish does not see revenge as the primary motivating factor for his players inn tomorrow's game against the club second-bottom of the table but only five points below the 13th-placed Reds.
"I suppose it could be but you'd need to ask them that - I can't speak for every one of them," he said.
"Different things drive different people but winning games is the greatest feeling in the world, that's the biggest drive.
"Wolves played very well against us at Anfield and if some people were disappointed with that result and that's what inspires them, then fine.
"But no matter what happened at Anfield we'd still want to go to Molineux and win the game - wherever you get the inspiration from is down to the individual."
Torres at the double in Reds win
Liverpool's revival under Kenny Dalglish is officially under way after he secured his first win since returning for his second spell as Reds boss with Wolves beaten 3-0 at Molineux.
Having seen improvements on the pitch if not in results in his three previous matches in charge after taking over from Roy Hodgson the Scot finally got the victory he was craving.
Fernando Torres scored his eighth and ninth Barclays Premier League goals of the season either side of Raul Meireles capping a fine individual performance with a brilliantly-taken second-half volley.
It was only Liverpool's third away win in the league in 13 months and their first point outside Anfield since the 1-1 draw at Wigan on November 10.
The result does not paper over the obvious deficiencies in the squad - which Dalglish is trying to rectify with moves for Ajax forward Luis Suarez and Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam - but reinforces the belief among the current players given to them by the appointment of the club legend.
Such has been the 59-year-old's influence he is even starting to get performances out of players who have failed to live up to their potential, with Christian Poulsen and Meireles in particular displaying that in this game.
Meireles, playing in the attacking midfield role given to him by Dalglish in the absence of Steven Gerrard, serving the final game of a three-match suspension, has now scored in his last two matches and his form presents his manager with a conundrum for the midweek visit of Fulham when the captain will be available again.
Poulsen's restoration to the starting line-up began badly with a fourth-minute booking but his day was to improve with the defence-splitting pass which created the goal.
It was a rare moment of quality in a first half which was spoiled partly by the poor state of the pitch and partly by the teams, neither of whom really got into their rhythm.
The Denmark international is intrinsically associated with Roy Hodgson's six-month reign of failure at Anfield but Dalglish believes he has more to offer - which is more than can be said for the former Fulham boss's other maligned signing Paul Konchesky who failed to make the squad.
Poulsen's repertoire is not renowned for having many creative interventions but the pass he picked out Meireles with was perfectly-executed through the inside-right channel.
The Portugal midfielder, played onside by full-back Ronald Zubar on the other side of the pitch, seized on the opportunity and raced into the penalty area before cutting the ball back to Torres who side-footed home one of his most straightforward chances of the season.
Meireles had a decent half without being dominant, certainly in the physical midfield battle with Wolves, but showed his class prior to setting up the goal with a brilliant 40-yard diagonal pass to pick out Torres only for the striker to cut inside and shoot straight at Wayne Hennessey.
He also flashed a half-volley wide of the goalkeeper's right-hand post as he continued his improvement in the advanced midfield role he prefers.
Wolves' two best efforts of the first half were Kevin Doyle's mis-hit cross from wide on the right which almost caught out Jose Reina, who did well to smother Steven Fletcher's close-range shot at the far post in added time.
Dirk Kuyt should have doubled the advantage early in the second half when put through one-on-one by Maxi Rodriguez but he delayed his shot and Hennessey charged out to block.
The Wolves goalkeeper was powerless, however, to do anything about the second when it came in the 50th minute.
Daniel Agger's long punt forward was only partially headed clear by Christophe Berra, under pressure from Kuyt, and Meireles lashed a brilliant dipping 25-yard volley inside Hennessey's left-hand post.
The Portugal international had been threatening to do something similar all season and the confidence from his maiden Liverpool goal in last weekend's Merseyside derby showed in the quality of that right-footed strike.
Wolves responded with a brief spell of pressure but although Liverpool have the league's worst record for squandering points from winning positions they held out.
Jonjo Shelvey, on as a substitute for Poulsen, should have put the game beyond doubt with only his second touch - his first having set up his chance from Meireles' pass - but blazed wide with only Hennessey to beat.
Torres continued to pose a threat on the counter-attack and in added time fired into the roof of the net after Kuyt's strong run into the area.
Victory has Liverpool looking up the table with more optimism under Dalglish than they had under Hodgson.
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