For once, Hwang Hee-chan couldn’t smile after scoring a goal.
Wolverhampton fell 1-3 to Liverpool in the fifth round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) season at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET. With the loss, Wolverhampton has now lost two straight matches and is now 1-4-1 (3 points) after opening the season.
Hwang Hee-chan scored the opening goal. After returning from injury, Hwang scored a goal against Crystal Palace and rejoined Wolverhampton after playing a full A match. He was included in the starting lineup and scored in the seventh minute.
Pedro Neto drove the ball up from the Wolverhampton half and, surrounded by three men in front of the penalty box, dribbled inside. He then sent a grounded cross to the other side, where Hwang Hee-chan pushed it towards goal. Alisson Becker threw himself at it, but it crossed the goal line and was recognized as a goal. It was Hwang’s third league goal of the season.
It was also his second goal in as many games. “Wolverhampton’s Hwang has scored in back-to-back games for the first time since coming to the PL,” said Opta. “Hwang has scored 11 goals in the PL, all of which have come since March of this year.” Hwang has maintained his scoring form even as Wolverhampton have struggled with poor form and personal injuries.
Wolverhampton couldn’t keep Hwang from scoring. They controlled Liverpool well in the first half to keep the score at 1-0, only to fall apart at half-time when Liverpool made a major change. They conceded the equalizer in the 10th minute through Cody Gakpo. Hwang Hee-chan was taken off in the 15th minute for Matt Doherty, and Fabio Silva, Hugo Bueno, Tommy Doyle, 메이저놀이터 and Boubacar Traore came on in quick succession, but the game didn’t improve.
As the sluggish pace continued, Liverpool took the lead in the 40th minute when Mohamed Salah’s pass was finished by Andrew Robertson after a fantastic run-in. In stoppage time, Harvey Elliott’s shot deflected off Bueno to make it 3-1. The match ended with a win for Liverpool.
This season, Hwang has scored three goals in the league, and in each game he has scored, the Reds have lost. He scored against Brighton, Palace, and Liverpool, losing 1-4, 2-3, and 1-3 respectively. They all lost by conceding three or more goals. Currently, Wolverhampton are tied for the most goals conceded, along with fellow winless promotion team Burnley. This is why Wolverhampton are the favorite to be relegated. Hwang Hee-chan has had a string of games where his goals have gone unnoticed.