A late head injury to Rui Patricio overshadowed an important 1-0 win for Liverpool at Molineux, as Diogo Jota returned to haunt his former employers with a decisive first-half goal.

Shakey starts have been characteristic of the Reds so far this season and they had one here as Alisson made a mess of a fairly simply catch within the opening minute.

A fairly open first half saw both sides spurn good chances, with Sadio Mane heading wide at one end before Ruben Neves sent one wide of the target from within the area. But it was eventually Jota who broke the deadlock, squirming one in under Patricio after some lovely build-up play to send the Reds in front.

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Mohamed Salah had an effort rightly chopped off for offside, and Wolves offered little after the break, with Ozan Kabak sharp late on to snuff out one of their rare threatening attacks.

But the big talking point of the second half came as stoppage time approached, when Wolves keeper Patricio took an accidental knock to the head, prompting a long stoppage that paused the game for more than ten minutes.

As for the result, though, it was eventually a vital win for Liverpool, who sign off for the international break with three points.

Player ratings, anyone?

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Willy Boly’s head is replaced by a football | PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images
Neves faces up against Mane
Neves faces up against Mane | Pool/Getty Images

3. Forwards

Pedro Neto holds off Trent Alexander-Arnold
Pedro Neto holds off Trent Alexander-Arnold | Pool/Getty Images

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Liverpool's Nat Phillips challenges Wolves' Willian Jose
Nat Phillips challenges Willian Jose | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

6. Midfielders

Liverpool's Fabinho holds off Wolves' Adama Traore
Fabinho holds off Adama Traore | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Diogo Jota and Sadio Mne combined for Liverpool's opening goal against Wolves
Jota and Mane combined for the opener | PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

8. Substitutes

66′ Double substitution; Keita and Milner replace Wijnaldum and Thiago.

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Wolves 0-1 Liverpool: Player ratings as Diogo Jota returns to down former side
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