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
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