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Torres's brace sinks Wolves


Dalglish records

his first win

Meireles scores the other goal


— PHTO: AFP

FIRST STRIKE:Fernando Torres scores past Wolves' goalkeeper

LONDON: Kenny Dalglish recorded his first win since returning as Liverpool manager on Saturday as the Merseyside giant secured a 3-0 away victory at Wolves.

Two goals from Fernando Torres and a sensational Raul Meireles effort ensured a vital three points for Liverpool, which moved up to 10th in the Premier League table after a dominant display at Molineux.

The win was Liverpool's first away from home since October, and only its second of the season. Dalglish's first three matches in charge since he replaced Roy Hodgson earlier this month had seen defeats against Manchester United and Blackpool before a 2-2 draw with Everton last week.

The result left Wolves, meanwhile, mired in the relegation zone, where it is just one place off bottom club West Ham.

Liverpool opened the scoring on 36 minutes after a through ball from Christian Poulsen sprang the Wolves offside trap and released Meireles. The Portuguese midfielder surged into the penalty area and unselfishly squared to Torres who coolly tucked away his eighth goal of the season.

After withstanding a period of Wolves pressure in the closing stages of the first half, Liverpool quickly took a stranglehold on the game soon after the interval, Meireles making it 2-0 with a superb 25-yard volley on 50 minutes.

Teenager Jonjo Shelvey could have made it 3-0 on 74 minutes, when he was picked out by Meireles as Liverpool broke swiftly on the counter-attack.

Shelvey was unable to find the finish that Meireles' pinpoint pass deserved however, lifting his shot over the bar with a goal begging. Instead it was left for Torres to complete the scoring in injury time, sidefooting home from close range after a surging run into the box.

The result: Wolves 0 lost to Liverpool 3 (Torres 36, 90, Meireles 50) . — Agencies

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