Gerrard back in EPL as Liverpool beats Wolves 2-1

LIVERPOOL, England — England midfielder Steven Gerrard came off the bench in the 81st minute for his first Premier League match since March as Liverpool beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 on Saturday.

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Published: Sat 24 Sep 2011, 11:41 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:16 PM

Gerrard had a 25-yard (meter) attempt on goal for host Liverpool with a dipping volley which bounced wide at Anfield.

Earlier, an own goal in the 11th from Wolves’ Roger Johnson — heading in Charlie Adam’s shot — and another impressive strike by Luis Suarez in the 38th gave Liverpool a comfortable 2-0 lead at halftime.

Steven Fletcher pulled one back early in the second half for Wolves but Liverpool held on to end a two-match losing run.

With defeats against Stoke and a 4-0 humiliation at Tottenham last weekend, Liverpool was keen to avoid a third successive loss which would have marked its worst run since 2003.

Stewart Downing’s lay-off saw Scotland midfielder Adam unleash a 25-yard shot which was unintentionally diverted past Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey by Johnson’s diving header.

Andy Carroll had a chance for his first Premier League goal this season with a free header from Downing’s corner but planted the ball straight at Hennessey.

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique lifted a ball over the top of the Wolves defence and Suarez timed his run perfectly to collect, turn Christophe Berra inside then out before firing a shot inside the near post for 2-0.

Fletcher gave Wolves hope in the 49th after smashing in a shot from Stephen Hunt’s cutback after goalkeeper Pepe Reina and Martin Skrtel got in the way of each other.

Carroll headed against a post while Hennessey made yet another vital block to deny Downing, who should have scored after Liverpool broke quickly on the counter-attack.

The long-awaited appearance of Gerrard — who made a brief substitute appearance in Liverpool’s midweek 3-1 League Cup victory at Exeter — finally arrived with nine minutes left.

Gerrard, who has recovered from a groin injury, replaced an exhausted Suarez.

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