Liverpool climbed to fifth in the table, after three second half goals saw them overcome Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 at Molineux on the evening of Tuesday 31st January 2012.
The Reds, despite having started a little slowly, will be pleased with goals from the not-so-prolific Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt either side of another Craig Bellamy strike as Liverpool appear, at last, to be finding some form in Luis Suarez’s absence.
Liverpool were well worth their win, though, as their miserly defence restricted Wolves to just one shot on target in the entire 90 minutes. At half time, however, away fans were beginning to wonder if it wasn’t to be another of “those days” as, despite good possession and pressure from Liverpool, their men had failed to get on the score-sheet, and the sides were locked at 0-0.
On deadline day, it was last year’s £35 million January signing, Andy Carroll who would prove to be the catalyst for change, as the big Geordie striker added another in the plus column for Kenny Dalglish on 52 minutes when he stuck the ball home at the back post.
The relief in the away team was palpable, though, and it was a relaxed Liverpool who set about adding a second goal through Craig Bellamy just nine minutes later. Dirk Kuyt made sure of the points on 78 minutes with another low finish making it three goals in only a handful of games for the workmanlike Dutch star.
As a result of this win, Liverpool rose to fifth in the table, if only for a day, two points ahead of Arsenal who face Bolton away on Wednesday. Importantly for this club, they are now just four points from Chelsea who occupy the fourth and final UEFA Champions League place – with extra goals now being added to an already stingy defence, Liverpool look like more than outside contenders for that berth come the season’s end.
For Wolves, this loss leaves them in plenty of trouble: they’re second-bottom, in 19th, one point from safety.