The Reds are within six points of fourth-placed Tottenham with a game to come against Spurs.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were again far from the strength of recent seasons, but have now taken 10 points from a possible 12 in their last four league games to stay in the top four chase.
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Wolves remained just three points above the relegation zone in 15th as the visitors once again had to pay for the lack of a goal threat going forward.
A fourth meeting between the teams in less than two months sparked boredom rather than contempt for the opening 45 minutes.
Harvey Elliott headed wide the best chance of the first half, then tested Jose Sa with a drive from outside the box.
A week after Liverpool’s European record home defeat in a 5-2 humiliation at the hands of Real Madrid, there was far less to get the crowd going at Anfield.
But Klopp sees signs of progress in a fourth straight Premier League clean sheet.
“We had a knock against Real Madrid,” said the German coach. “We played a very good first half, then we started the second very badly. We looked much more stable today, we have to continue.”
Klopp should at least have more forward options to choose from for the race with Diogo Jota back available and Luis Diaz close to a return.
A foul by Jota on Max Kilman deprived Darwin Nunez of the first goal midway through the second half, the Uruguayan’s strike having been ruled out after a VAR check.
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But Jota helped break the deadlock by nudging Van Dijk to head for an unguarded net after Sa parried the Dutch centre-back’s opening effort.
The home side’s second goal looked much more like the Liverpool of old, as Wolves were cut short by a quick counterattack.
Konstantinos Tsimikas netted a brace with Cody Gakpo before the Greek galloped into the Wolves box and picked out Salah to force the ball with his thigh for his 20th goal of the season.
A rampant Manchester United will pose a much tougher test of Liverpool’s road to recovery when the Red Devils travel to Anfield on Sunday.
“It’s still a big game, against an in-form team,” added Klopp. “We have to be ready and we will give them a big fight.”
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Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui lamented his side’s second-half performance as they were unable to match the highs of a 3-0 win over Liverpool when the sides met at Molineux on last month.
“I think we didn’t play to the game plan we had in mind. In the first half much better, in the second we didn’t keep the ball. It was a shame, but they deserved to win,” said Lopetegui.
“Today it’s not easy for me to keep a positive thought, maybe in a few days.”
(With contributions from AFP)