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Wolves player ratings vs Liverpool as Bruno Lage's team end with Anfield defeat

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 22/05/2022 Alex Dicken

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ season ended in defeat at Anfield - but Liverpool’s 3-1 victory wasn’t enough to clinch the Premier League title.

Wolves took the lead in the third minute through Pedro Neto’s first goal of the season and had further chances to punish Liverpool. Sadio Mane levelled the match before Liverpool struck twice late on via Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson.

Manchester City’s 3-2 comeback victory over Aston Villa denied Liverpool the title. Wolves, meanwhile, finished the season in 10th after losing nine of their last 14 matches.

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Jose Sa 6

The goalkeeper was a commanding and calming presence in a frenetic first half at Anfield. He didn’t have many saves to make, but Sa had lots of crosses to collect before being replaced by Ruddy at half-time due to injury.

Willy Boly 8

Boly rolled back the years at Anfield with his best display of the season by a country mile. The Ivorian was absolutely superb and his goal-saving tackle on Salah epitomised his near faultless display.

Conor Coady 8

Coady made one excellent recovery block to deny Keita a goal in the early exchanges and was generally quite solid on his return to his boyhood club. He also took a Diaz piledriver flush in the face in the second half. A performance which showed Coady’s incredible professionalism.

Toti Gomes 8

The rookie centre-back was very cool at the back in a raucous atmosphere. He had a case for a penalty at the beginning of the second half after being shoved in the back by Konate. He’s gone from strength to strength since January and must form part of the squad next season.

Jonny Castro Otto 7

Jonny was occasionally sloppy in possession, but he did defend very well against Diaz. The way Jonny has instantly slotted back into Wolves’ team since returning from injury has been commendable.


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Leander Dendoncker 7

Dendoncker was a bundle of energy at Anfield, racing back and forth to aid Wolves’ defence and attack. His finishing continues to let him down though and he should have put Wolves 2-0 up in the first half after being found by Neto on the six-yard line.

Ruben Neves 7

Neves wasn’t rushed by Liverpool’s manic press and took his time in possession. He missed the opportunity to release Ait-Nouri down the left a few times, but Neves put in a fairly good showing on what could be his final Wolves game.

Joao Moutinho 7

Wolves are hoping to extend Moutinho’s contract for another year and the midfielder proved he can still cut it at the very highest level against Liverpool. He used the ball well and got about the pitch until Liverpool stepped things up a notch in the latter stages.

Rayan Ait-Nouri 7

The French full-back has improved a lot this season and was again impressive at Liverpool. He flew forward throughout the game and should have been better utilised by his teammates at times.

Rayan Ait-Nouri is tackled by Naby Keita during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield. © Alex Livesey/Getty Images Rayan Ait-Nouri is tackled by Naby Keita during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.

Pedro Neto 8

Neto was only on the field for 20 minutes, but he terrorised Liverpool’s defence with his speed and skill on the counter-attack. He opened the scoring with a cool finish in the third minute and put an almost identical chance on a plate for Dendoncker who should have doubled Wolves’ lead.

Raul Jimenez 8

The Mexican’s performance had everything but a goal. He set up Neto’s opening goal and caused Liverpool’s defence problems throughout. Jimenez in this kind of form will be an asset to Wolves next season.

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Hwang Hee-chan (for Neto, 22) 5

Needs to do more. Wasted the chance to set Wolves away on the counter-attack a couple of times and struggled to link up with Jimenez.

John Ruddy (for Sa, 46) 6

Didn’t make any glaring errors after being thrown in at the deep end following an injury to Sa.

Francisco Trincao (for Dendoncker, 90) N/A

Not used: Hoever, Marcal, Mosquera, Podence, Chiquinho, Silva.

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