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Karl Whitehouse looks at the history of wolves and liverpool

first meetings

  • The first meeting of the two clubs was in Division 1 on the 29th September 1894 played at Molineux in front of 4,000 fans, the game finished 3-1 win for Wolves.
  • FA Cup – The first meeting was on the 15th February 1896 in the 2nd Round of the competition played at Molineux in front of 15,000 fans the game finished 2-0 win for Wolves.
  • League Cup -19th December 1973 was the quarter final of the competition played at Molineux in front of 15,242 fans the game finished with a 1-0 win for Wolves.
  • Premier League – The first meeting of the two clubs was on the 21st January 2004, played at Molineux in front of 29,380 fans and the game finished 1-1.

most recent meetings

The most recent Premier League match took place on 16th September 2023, where Liverpool defeated Wolves 3-1. Hwang Hee-chan scored for Wolves, while Cody Gakpo, Andy Robertson, and an own goal from Hugo Bueno secured the win for Liverpool.

In the FA Cup, the latest encounter was a third-round replay on 17th January 2023 at Molineux, with Liverpool emerging victorious 1-0 over Wolves.

biggest win

  • Division 1 – The biggest win between the two clubs was on the 7th December 1946, this was played at Anfield in front of 52,512 fans, the game ended in a 5-1 win for Wolves.
  • Premier League – The biggest win between the two clubs was on the 4th February 2023 with Wolves winning the game 3-0.

  • FA Cup – The biggest win between the two clubs in the FA Cup was in a 5th Round tie played at Molineux in front of 61,315 fans on the 11th February 1939 and the score was a 4-1 win for Wolves.

biggest defeat

  • Division 1 – The biggest defeat was on the 16th September 1963 at Anfield in front of 44,050 fans and 28th September 1968 at Molineux in front of 39,310 fans with a 6-0 scoreline
  • Premier League – The biggest defeat was on the 6th December 2020 in front of 2,000 fans at Anfield due to Covid 19 restrictions and the game ended in a 4-0 win for Liverpool.
  • FA Cup – The biggest defeat  was on the 2nd February 1952 which was a 4th Round Tie played at Anfield in front of 61,905 and the game ended in a 2-1 win for Liverpool.

match of the day

A Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolves took place on 22nd May 2022. Liverpool won 3-1, with goals from Mane, Salah, and Robertson. Neto scored for Wolves.

other meetings

There were two meetings between the sides in pre season friendlies which both were played at Molineux. The first one was played on the 20th July 1999 in front of 24,630 fans and it ended in 2-0 win for Liverpool and the 2nd meeting of the two sides was on the 3rd August 2001 in front of 28,000 fans and it ended in a 3-0 win for Liverpool.

do you remember?

Wolves News History Wolves v Liverpool

Liverpool 0 Wolves 1 29th December 2010 at Anfield

Wolves beat Liverpool for the first time in 27 years to climb off the bottom of the Premier League table to put some pressure on Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson.

The first half of the game didn’t have much to talk about. Liverpool had a chance in the opening 6 minutes of the game which fell to Meireles after a quick free kick by Fernando Torres but his weak shot was saved by Hennessey.

The only shot of the first half by Wolves was a long range strike from top scorer Ebanks Blake which trickled wide.

Steven Gerrard tried his best to get Liverpool playing but Torres who was out of sorts and Dirk Kuyt looked uncomfortable in a left side role.

Half Time Liverpool 0 Wolves 0

Second half started when Glen Johnson’s pull back found David Ngog but he hooked his shot wide from 6 yards out.

Ronald Zubar was getting closer with a shot on the turn and forced Pepe Reina on his 200th Appearance into a low save.

Then in the 58th Minute of the game Wolves took the lead after a mixup between defenders Skrtel and Sotirios Kyrgiakos allowing Ebanks Blake’s through ball to squeeze between them. Stephen Ward showed pace and beat the advancing Pepe Reina to poke the ball with a low finish into the corner and send Wolves fans into Ecstasy.

Then Roy Hodgson brought onto the field Ryan Babel and Joe Cole to try and get an equaliser but it was Wolves who nearly made the game 2-0 when Glen Johnson blocked a shot which stopped Kevin Foley getting a goal in the game.

Two minutes from time Skrtel had a header saved from Gerrard’s Free Kick which flew in past Hennessey but the replays of the game showed there was several Liverpool Players offside.

Wolves held on to win the game 1-0 for their first victory at Anfield since January 1984 to send the Wolves fans home with the win.

Full Time Liverpool 0 Wolves 1

Liverpool Team: Reina, Johnson, Konchesky, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Meireles, Gerrard, Lucas, Torres, Kuyt, Ngog.  Substitutes: Jones, Agger, Aurelio, Cole, Maxi, Poulsen, Babel. Manager: Roy Hodgson

Wolves Team: Hennessey, Elokobi, Stearman, Ward, Berra, Zubar, Foley, Hunt, Jarvis, Milijas, Ebanks Blake.  Substitutes: Hahnemann, Batth, Edwards, Jones, Mujangi Bia, Fletcher, Bent. Manager: Mick McCarthy

Interesting Stats And Facts From Game

First win over Liverpool in 27 years at the time when the game was played.

Wolves League Position after the game was 19th and Liverpool League Position after the game was 12th.

Stephen Wards first ever goal in the Premier League.

a little bit more history

Liverpool 0 Wolves 1 14th January 1984 at Anfield in Division One

Wolves began the match at the bottom of the First Division, while Liverpool started as league leaders. However, Wolves faced an early setback when Mel Eves was ruled out due to a knee injury just before kick-off. Steve Mardenborough, who only found out he’d be playing on the morning of the game, replaced him.

Just 8 minutes in, Mardenborough scored the opener. Crainie regained possession down the left and crossed for Mardenborough to head past Grobbelaar. It was his first goal for the club after joining on a free transfer from Coventry City, having made only 6 appearances.

Wolves continued to trouble Liverpool in the first half, though the home side had chances to equalise and began dominating possession. The second half followed a similar pattern, with Liverpool pouring forward in search of an equaliser but failing to breach John Burridge’s goal.

Wolves held firm to secure a shock 1-0 win, their first at Anfield since a 4-1 victory on 16th December 1950. The Liverpool fans booed at the final whistle, with an unlikely hero having earned Wolves all three points.

Liverpool Team: Grobbelaar, Neal, Kennedy, Lawrenson, Nicol, Hansen, Robinson, Lee, Rush, Johnson, Souness. Substitute: Whelan Manager: Joe Fagan

Wolves Team: Burridge, Humphrey, Palmer, Pender, Dodd, Towner, Clarke, Troughton, Mardenborough, Crainie  Substitute: Cartwright Manager: Graham Hawkins


Emlyn Hughes came off the field at the end of the game to be greeted by Eamonn Andrews to be presented with a big red book for This is your life and was taken away to go and record the episode.

This game should have taken place on the first day of the season and this was postponed due to the building work going on at Molineux.

head to head stats

Wolves news: History of Wolves v Liverpool

Premier League 

There has been 19 Meetings between the two sides.

Wolves have won 2 games with 1 Home wins and 1 Away Wins.

Liverpool have won 15 games with 8 Home wins and 7 Away Wins

There have been 2 draws between the sides.

Wolves have scored 9 Goals.

Liverpool have scored 33 Goals.

Overall Head-to-Head

There have been 115 games in total.

Wolves have won 37 Games.

Liverpool have won 60 Games.

There has been 18 Draws.


15th March 2021 Wolves 0 Liverpool 1 at Molineux 

4th December 2021 Wolves 0 Liverpool 1 at Molineux

22nd May 2022 Liverpool 3 Wolves 1 at Anfield

4th February 2023 Wolves 3 Liverpool 0 at Molineux 

1st March 2023 Liverpool 2 Wolves 0 at Anfield

16th September 2023 Wolves 1 Liverpool 3 at Molineux

playing for both teams

Alun Evans Played for Wolves 1967-1968 made 22 appearances and scored 4 goals and played for Liverpool 1968-1972 made 79 appearances and scored 21 goals most expensive teenager at the time bought by Bill Shankly for £100,000 in September 1968.

Emlyn Hughes Played for Liverpool 1967-1979 made 474 appearances and scored 35 goals and played for Wolves 1979-1981 made 58 appearances and scored 2 goals.

Sheyi Ojo Played for Liverpool 2015-2022 made 8 appearances and scored 0 goals and played for Wolves in a loan spell 2015-2016 made 17 appearances and scored 2 goals.

Paul Ince Played for Liverpool 1997-1999 made 65 appearances and scored 14 goals and played for Wolves 2002-2006 115 appearances and scored 10 goals.

Robbie Keane Played for Wolves 1997-1999 made 73 appearances and scored 24 goals and played for Liverpool 2008-2009 made 19 appearances and scored 5 goals.

Conor Coady Played for Liverpool 2011-2014 made 1 appearance and played for Wolves 2015-2022 made 273 appearances and scored 6 goals.

Diogo Jota Played for Wolves 2017-2020 made 111 appearances and scored 33 goals which includes his 1-year loan spell and plays for Liverpool at this current time been there since 2020 made 145 appearances and scored 56 goals to this date of article posted.

Cyril Sidlow Played for Wolves 1937-1946 and 1953-1955 and played for Liverpool 1946-1951 made 165 appearances.

Dick Forshaw Played for Liverpool 1919-1927 made 266 appearances and scored 117 goals and played for Wolves 1929-1930.

Jimmy Melia Played for Liverpool 1954-1964 made 269 appearances and scored 76 goals and played for Wolves 1964 made 24 appearances and scored 4 goals.

Mark Walters Played for Liverpool 1991-1996 made 94 appearances and scored 14 goals and played for Wolves in a loan spell 1994-1995 made 11 appearances and scored 3 goals.

Mark Kennedy Played for Liverpool 1995-1998 made 16 appearances and played for Wolves 2001-2006 made 167 appearances and scored 12 goals.

Jermaine Pennant Played for Liverpool 2006-2009 made 55 appearances and scored 2 goals and played for Wolves in a loan spell 2012-2013 made 15 appearances.

Darren Potter Played for Liverpool 2003-2007 made 2 appearances and played for Wolves 2006 in a loan spell and permanent spell 2007-2009 made 56 appearances and scored 1 goal in a FA Cup tie against Oldham Athletic.

Paul Stewart Played for Liverpool 1992-1996 made 32 appearances and scored 1 goal and played for Wolves in a loan spell from Liverpool 1994 made 8 appearances and scored 2 goals.

Other players who played for both clubs.

Leonard Ashurst, George Bowen, Jack Chadburn, Adam Hammill, Paul Harrison, Billy Hartill, Ki Jana Hoever, Jack Hopkins, Paul Jones, Willie Jordan, Joseph Keetley, Andrew Lonergan, Jorgensen Nielsen, Sheyi Ovo, Matt O’Mahoney, Paulinho, Ian Ross, Robert Alexander Scott, Sammy Smyth.

Played, Coached, Managed Both Teams.

Ian Ross Played for Liverpool 1966-1972 made 48 appearances and scored 2 goals and played for Wolves 1979-1982 never made any appearances for the first team as he joined up as a coach working with John Barnwell until 1982 when he took over as caretaker manager of Wolves when John Barnwell was sacked but he lost all 5 games he was in charge of Wolves and then left.

Dean Saunders Played for Liverpool 1991-1992 made 42 appearances and scored 11 goals and also managed Wolves 2013 for 4 months.



I have been  a Wolves fan for over 30 years, I have supported them both home and away games in the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s and now like looking into wolves games the stats behind the games they play in the Premier League. I have also done the 92 football league grounds and shortly be doing a ebook about peoples favourite match they went to along with a match report and if possible stats from game.

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