Wijnaldum wonder goal caps off dominant Liverpool win over Wolves

Liverpool gave their returning fans plenty to cheer about as they returned to domestic action with a 4-0 thrashing of Wolves.

Liverpool were looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after drawing with Brighton last weekend. Since then, though, they had returned to winning ways against Ajax in the Champions League.

After an impressive outing in that game in midweek, Liverpool handed a Premier League debut to goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

The club were welcoming fans back into the Kop for the first time since lockdown, and it was at that end where Kelleher was called into action early on.

The Irishman managed to tip over a chipped effort from Daniel Podence to ensure their opponents did not go in front.

Indeed, it was Liverpool who took the lead at the other end. Wolves captain Conor Coady failed to deal with a ball forwards, allowing Mohamed Salah to sneak in behind and tuck the ball past Rui Patricio to make it 1-0 after 24 minutes.

Wolves thought they had a penalty just before the break when referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot. He adjudged Sadio Mane to have fouled Coady.

However, after checking with VAR, Pawson reversed his decision.

It meant Liverpool went in at the break ahead – and they came out of it with a statement of intent.

Wijnaldum kick-starts second half surge of goals

Mane had a couple of chances early in the half, forcing a save from Patricio with one after some excellent control, but pulling another wide.

Liverpool were soon able to extend their advantage, though. Georginio Wijnaldum doubled the lead in the 58th minute, firing home in front of the Kop from outside the box after latching on to Jordan Henderson’s assist.

It was 3-0 after 67 minutes, through another less traditional goalscorer. Defender Joel Matip snuck in at the far post to get on the receiving end of an inswinging cross from Salah and head in.

After that goal, Liverpool were able to welcome Trent Alexander-Arnold back into the fray. The right-back quickly made an impact as well, sending in a cross for Mane to bundle home – although it went down as a Ruben Semedo own goal.