On his return to his former club, Diogo Jota scored the only goal to give Liverpool a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers that took them up to sixth place in the table.

Jota struck in the second minute of first-half stoppage-time to fire inside Rui Patricio’s near post, after a rapid move involving Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Mane had rounded Patricio earlier in the half but could not force the ball home, and he also sent a diving header wide shortly before Jota struck.

Wolves had started brightly, Alisson saving a Nelson Semedo shot in the fifth minute.

Former Liverpool defender Conor Coady put an early second-half header wide, while at the other end, Patricio denied Salah a late second with a fingertip save.

However, the Wolves goalkeeper suffered a head injury in the incident, colliding with Coady, and left the field on a stretcher after lengthy treatment.

Their first Premier League victory in three matches takes Liverpool on to 46 points – ahead of Everton on goal difference – and five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Wolves are now winless in four matches and remain 13th on 35 points.

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