Liverpool’s stunning unbeaten run now stands at 40 Premier League games after Roberto Firmino’s 85th minute goal secured a hard-fought 2-1 win at Wolves.
The hosts looked on course to get something from the game after Raul Jimenez’ leveller six minutes after the interval, with Nuno Santo’s men then pushing for a winner.
Roberto Firmino races away in delight after scoring a late winner for Liverpool at Wolves[/caption]
But Jurgen Klopp’s men held firm and then scored late on again themselves through Firmino to send the away faithful delirious.
The Reds needed less than eight minutes to take the lead courtesy of skipper Jordan Henderson.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner from the right was met at the edge of the six-yard box by Henderson who diverted it into the back of the net via a combination of his head and shoulder.
There was a VAR review to determine whether it was handball, but the goal stood.
Liverpool suffered a blow midway through the half when Sadio Mane went off.
It was not immediately clear what the issue was but the Senegal star wandered towards the touchline before sitting down on the pitch while play was ongoing.
Klopp confirmed after the game that the issue was a hamstring complaint, with Mane replaced by new signing Takumi Minamino, who was handed his Premier League debut.
LONGEST UNBEATEN RUNS IN ENGLISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE HISTORY
Liverpool (40 so far, 2019/20)
Nottingham Forest (42, 1977-78)
Arsenal (49, 2003-04)
Chelsea (40, 2004-05)
Huddersfield Town (43, 2011)
Mohamed Salah had chances to increase Liverpool’s lead but was denied by determined Wolves defending when he looked set to score.
That meant it was only Henderson’s goal that separated the sides at the break as the Reds looked on course to move 16 points clear at the Premier League summit once again.
Wolves equalised in the 51st minute following a superb move that was started and finished by Raul Jimenez.
Jimenez tore forward with a powerful run before feeding Adama Traore on the right.
The winger’s pinpoint cross picked out the Mexico international in the middle and he sent a glancing header past Alisson to make it 1-1.
Wolves immediately chased a second and Alisson turned away Traore’s fizzing low drive.
The Wolves winger was causing countless problems for Liverpool and slipped Jimenez in with 22 minutes to go, with Alisson making a vital block.
Salah fired wide in a brief opening for the visitors but Wolves continued to be a menace – with Traore the ringleader.
Yet Firmino nearly restored the Reds’ lead with eight minutes left when he bundled his way through, only to be denied by Patrico’s legs.
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It was only a warning though as, two minutes later, the Brazilian snatched the winner.
Salah was crowded out on the edge of the area but Henderson managed to slip in Firmino and he smash an angled drive across Patricio into the corner.
Substitute Diogo Jota could have still levelled for the hosts but hooked over from close range as Liverpool survived.
The result means the Reds are only the fifth team in English Football League history to remain unbeaten in 40 consecutive league games (W35, D5) after Nottingham Forest (42, 1977-78), Arsenal (49, 2003-04), Chelsea (40, 2004-05) and Huddersfield Town (43, 2011).