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Patricio was treated and taken away on a stretcher, while Jota, who scored the game-winning goal against his former club on the stroke of halftime, had mixed feelings after the final whistle.

With a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, Liverpool kept their Premier League title hopes alive, but the match was marred by a serious-looking head injury to the home team’s goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Patricio collided with teammate Conor Coady in the 89th minute when they attempted to close down Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who scored but had the goal disallowed due to slight offside.

Patricio was treated and taken away on a stretcher, while Jota, who scored the game-winning goal against his former club on the stroke of halftime, had mixed feelings after the final whistle.

“Life is more important,” Jota told Sky Sports.

“We wish Rui Patricio a speedy recovery. You have to take advantage of these kinds of teams when they’re unbalanced, as they were at the time. It was a good target and a good movement.

In this competition, we need to change a lot, and hopefully, this will be the start of a great run to the end of the season.”

Liverpool moved up to a sixth-place with 46 points from 29 games, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, and two points behind fifth-placed West Ham, who have a game in hand. Wolves remained in 13th place with 35 points from 29 games.

Nelson Semedo had an early chance for the hosts when Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker parried his near-range shot before Sadio Mane came close twice for the visitors, who seemed toothless in the first 30 minutes.

After a fluid transfer by Salah and Mane, who fed the scorer with a sublime pass, Jota beat Patricio with a swerving low shot from inside the penalty area in first-half stoppage time.

In the 49th minute, Wolves’ Coady headed over the bar from a good spot, and Patricio tipped away a Salah shot from a close angle at the other end before colliding with Coady on the edge of the six-yard box.

Jota had no qualms about sinking his former club in Liverpool’s search for a Champions League berth.

He told the BBC, “It’s a unique game. I spent over three years here. Almost everybody in that dressing room is familiar to me. I just wish that the fans could be there to make it even more memorable. I believe we have a chance to finish in the top four if we continue to play as we have here.”

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