WOLVERHAMPTON, United Kingdom- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed another
moment of magic from Roberto Firmino as the Brazilian’s late winner opened up a
16-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Wolves on

The European champions’ now 14-game winning streak in the
league seemed set to end as Raul Jimenez cancelled out Jordan Henderson’s early

Liverpool were even grateful to goalkeeper Alisson Becker
for not falling behind in the second half.

However, like crucial victories against Leicester, Aston
Villa and Crystal Palace earlier in the campaign, Liverpool left it late to
snatch another vital three points in their quest to end a 30-year wait to win
the title as Firmino smashed home six minutes from time.

“You just have to find a way to win and have someone
who makes the perfect decision and that was Bobby again,” said Klopp.

“A worldie I would say from Bobby, a super goal.”

Liverpool, who now have 22 wins in 23 league games this
season, also have a game in hand over second-placed Manchester City to come.

However, victory could still come at a cost as Mane hobbled
off with a hamstring injury in the first half.

“We don’t know exactly (the severity of the injury). He
felt something in the hamstring,” added Klopp, whose side are also still
in the hunt for the FA Cup and Champions League.

Defeat leaves Wolves still six points off the top four in
seventh, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side showed why they are on form the most
likely challengers to fourth-placed Chelsea for a place in next season’s
Champions League.

“It was a fantastic game of football,” said Nuno.
“We have to keep going and keep getting stronger.”

Nuno’s one regret from his side’s display was the manner of
the opening goal.

Set-pieces have been one of the keys to Liverpool’s success
and a well-worked corner got the visitors off to a flying start as Henderson
headed home.

Matt Doherty should have levelled shortly afterwards before
Liverpool’s threat on the counter-attack was curtailed when Mane pulled up.

The Senegalese’s absence for a few weeks is unlikely to sway
the momentum of the title race, but he could now be a doubt for the first leg
of Liverpool’s Champions League last 16 tie at Atletico Madrid next month.

Jimenez and Adama Traore were left on the bench when the
sides met in late December just two days after they had scored in a thrilling
3-2 win over Manchester City and Wolves’ two most dangerous attacking weapons
made a huge difference.

“Traore is pretty much unplayable,” added

“Not only on the wing any more, but he keeps the ball,
holds the ball and sets up goals.”

The Spaniard’s pace was too much for a Liverpool defence
that had kept seven consecutive Premier League clean sheets to handle six
minutes after the break.

Traore’s run down the right pulled Van Dijk out of the
centre of the defence and his pinpoint cross found Jimenez to bullet home his
20th goal of the season.

That was the first goal Alisson had conceded in the league
for two months and the Brazilian had to be at his best to then turn a Traore
drive to safety and stand up bravely to block from Jimenez.

Firmino looked to have missed the chance to claim all three
points when he fired into Patricio’s legs with just the Portuguese number one
to beat.

But he quickly made amends with a thumping finish from
Henderson’s pass.


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