Diogo Jota’s first goal since November was enough to see Liverpool claim a 1-0 victory over former club Wolves as the champions claimed two wins in a row for the first time since January.
Still building back up to full fitness from a bruised knee injury, the 24-year-old was a bright spark in a sluggish Reds attack.
His strike from inside the area – the last action of the first half – squirmed under Rui Patricio who will feel he should have done better at his near post.
The game ended with great concern for Portugal goalkeeper. The 33-year-old was stretchered off with a worrying head injury following a collision that led to a long stoppage in play at the end of the match.
Despite the win, Liverpool were markedly disappointing offensively.
Sadio Mane failed to muster a shot after rounding Patricio on 13 minutes before directing a free header wide of the mark 25 minutes later.
Mohamed Salah put the ball into the net on 86 minutes before it was ruled out for offside.
Liverpool were leaky at the other end too. Alisson was fortunate not to give away a penalty inside two minutes after barging into Nelson Semedo upon dropping a catch.
Ruben Neves was given acres of space inside the box bang on 45 minutes but could only fire his effort wide.
The first chance of a sparse second period fell to Conor Coady who hooked a header off-target from a promising position.
Adama Traore caused havoc with his pace in one-on-ones with defenders, mainly being the focal point of Wolves attack.
He and substitute Fabio Silva directed strikes into the gloms of Alisson in what were the best chances of the rest of the second half.
Mohamed Salah and Jota fired in efforts at the Wolves goal but Patricio more than matched them prior to his concerning injury.
Salah and Silva both had chances for their sides in the seven minutes injury time added on but neither found the net as Liverpool ran out winners.
Thiago a frustrated figure
Summer signing Thiago hasn’t had the easiest of rides since arriving from Bayern Munich.
He showed his eagerness to influence the game before being hooked off on 67 minutes.
The Spaniard seemed shocked to be taken off but was still putting his foot into tackles while on a yellow card.
Thiago struggled to make a telling attacking contribution meaning he is yet to register a goal or assist in his 19 games this season.
The midfield seemed to sure up slightly when he exited the game, James Milner his replacement.
The club have only won two of the last eight leagues games he has started in.