Gerrard back in EPL as Liverpool beats Wolves 2-1

England midfielder Steven Gerrard came off the bench in the 81st

minute for his first Premier League match since March as Liverpool

beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 on Saturday.

Gerrard had a 25-yard (meter) attempt on goal for host Liverpool

with a dipping volley which bounced wide at Anfield.

Earlier, an own goal in the 11th from Wolves’ Roger Johnson –

heading in Charlie Adam’s shot – and another impressive strike by

Luis Suarez in the 38th gave Liverpool a comfortable 2-0 lead at

halftime.

Steven Fletcher pulled one back early in the second half for

Wolves but Liverpool held on to end a two-match losing run.

With defeats against Stoke and a 4-0 humiliation at Tottenham

last weekend, Liverpool was keen to avoid a third successive loss

which would have marked its worst run since 2003.

Stewart Downing’s lay-off saw Scotland midfielder Adam unleash a

25-yard shot which was unintentionally diverted past Wolves

goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey by Johnson’s diving header.

Andy Carroll had a chance for his first Premier League goal this

season with a free header from Downing’s corner but planted the

ball straight at Hennessey.

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique lifted a ball over the top of

the Wolves defense and Suarez timed his run perfectly to collect,

turn Christophe Berra inside then out before firing a shot inside

the near post for 2-0.

Fletcher gave Wolves hope in the 49th after smashing in a shot

from Stephen Hunt’s cutback after goalkeeper Pepe Reina and Martin

Skrtel got in the way of each other.

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.

The long-awaited appearance of Gerrard – who made a brief

substitute appearance in Liverpool’s midweek 3-1 League Cup victory

at Exeter – finally arrived with nine minutes left.

Gerrard, who has recovered from a groin injury, replaced an

exhausted Suarez.