The tone for Liverpool was set when Lovren departed early on. Already without a recognised centre-back in the squad due to injuries, Hoever, Liverpool’s third-youngest player ever, partnered Fabinho in a makeshift partnership.
In a tepid opening half, Shaqiri had a sight of goal on 31 minutes but his effort flew wide.
Milner – one of Liverpool’s most experienced players on the pitch – handed Wolves the opener just before the break when his sloppy pass allowed Diogo Jota to find Jimenez, who strode through on goal and fired into the far corner.
Origi – quiet up top with Daniel Sturridge – provided a moment of magic to draw Liverpool level after half-time. The striker manipulated himself into space from 22 yards and let fly an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
Their lead lasted just four minutes.
Neves was given far too much from 30 yards and swerved a fantastic strike into the bottom past the dive of Simon Mignolet.
It meant Salah and Firmino were called for but all the visitors could muster was a sensational Shaqiri free-kick that bounced back off the upright.
Wolves saw it out with plenty to spare as Liverpool slipped to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.
Big players produce big moments to win games and Neves did just that. He’s not shown it on a regular basis in the Premier League this season but he saved this strike for the perfect time to hit Liverpool with a hammer blow. His general play, too, was top quality. You’d be expecting him to kick on between now and the end of the campaign.