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Rested after starting their previous six matches, Steven Gerrard was the most notable omission from a Liverpool side which showed five changes from Saturday’s triumphant side.

Dirk Kuyt, their match-winner that day, could and should have picked up where he left off against Manchester United when he spurned a presentable opportunity within four minutes at Molineux.

Craig Bellamy’s inviting left-wing cross was flicked on by Andy Carroll towards the Dutchman, lurking Inside the six-yard box and with a clear sight of goal at the back post.

His first touch was laboured, however, and despite eventually firing into the net, it did not stand as the ball had already squirted out of play.

Having already threatened once with a header, Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards wasted a good chance when he could only hook Kevin Foley’s cross straight at Pepe Reina.

Craig Bellamy has been the Reds’ most reliable marksman in the league of late and once again he looked their most likely goal threat.

First, he latched onto Jordan Henderson’s wonderful threaded pass yet, under pressure from Kevin Foley, could only stab wide.

A long-range strike soon afterwards fully extended Wayne Hennessey, however the Wolves goalkeeper pulled off an even better save in the 24th minute when he kept out Daniel Agger’s header with his feet following Bellamy’s corner.

The former Manchester City player was at the heart of everything the Reds created. Even when the Reds furiously protested for a penalty in vain when Emmanuel Frimpong nudged Charlie Adam inside the box it was Bellamy who had set up the chance.

Wolves sprung into action shortly before the break, though, as they offered a timely reminder of their capabilities.

Michael Kightly and Steven Fletcher played a neat one-two before the winger unleashed a stinging low shot from the edge of the box which veered just past the post.

The significance of the near miss became evident within seven minutes of the interval.

Jose Enrique’s exquisite volleyed pass from one box towards the other set Liverpool on the counter yet Christophe Berra, to his credit, managed to keep up with Bellamy in the pace race and clear for a throw-in.

Danger averted? Not by any means. Bellamy found Adam and his pinpoint delivery was converted by Carroll at the back post, the striker steering a shot low into the left corner.

The shortcomings of his marker Eggert Jonsson, making his first Premier League start, were painfully apparent. Nine minutes later it was two.

Jay Spearing, the midfielder, fed Bellamy and, in the absence of enforcer Karl Henry, Wolves allowed Bellamy the freedom to stride towards the edge of the area and pick his spot inside the right corner.

Hennessey got a hand to it, yet he could not prevent it trickling agonisingly beyond him.

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