Premier League: Liverpool 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Struggling Wolves won away for the first time since March to stun Anfield and pile the pressure on Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson.
Wolves had a spark that was missing from a Liverpool side that hadn't played in the league for 18 days and Mick McCarthy's men ended a run of six successive defeats away from home thanks to Stephen Ward's first Premier League goal.
The last time Wolves won at Anfield was 27 years ago next month when Steve Mardenborough scored the only goal of his Wanderers career.
Wolves boss McCarthy felt his side were full value for their win, after losing at home to Wigan on Boxing Day.
"I thought we were the better team and deserved it," he said. "I think most people's perception of Wolves is that we are going down after being beaten by Wigan and being bottom of the league.
"They probably thought we would come here and sit back and get our backsides slapped and go home with nothing.
"We decided we weren't going to have that and we were going to come here and have a go.
"I guess fortune favours the brave."
But there could be no complaints from the home side who welcomed back Steven Gerrard after six weeks out. They did not do nearly enough to extend a six-match unbeaten home record stretching back to their fateful loss to newcomers Blackpool on October 3.
Those were the dark days of the Reds' campaign, when they were lingering in the relegation zone after their worst start for 57 years.
Roy Hodgson cannot afford a return to those times with his side 12th in the table and owners New England Sports Ventures still deciding how much money they are willing to give the manager to strengthen the squad in next month's transfer window.
There was a lack of cohesion and fluidity which Wolves were only too happy to take advantage of.
The minute's applause for former Liverpool defenders Avi Cohen, who died aged 54 after a motorbike accident, and Bill Jones - grandfather of Reds right-back Rob Jones - who passed away aged 89 - had barely faded away before Raul Meireles had a chance to put the hosts ahead.
Fernando Torres' quickly-taken free-kick left George Elokobi floundering but the Portugal international shot straight at goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and Richard Stearman cleared the loose ball.
Liverpool's strikers fed on scraps throughout - Torres did not have one opportunity - as Wolves pressurised the man in possession and defended solidly.
David Ngog's left-footed shot from 25 yards was easily claimed by Hennessey as Liverpool struggled to break down Wolves, who were enjoying plenty of possession themselves.
In the second half the Reds could have taken an early lead as Dirk Kuyt's pass to Glen Johnson inside the penalty area set up Ngog but he hooked wide from six yards.
Wolves defender Ronald Zubar was slightly closer with his shot on the turn as he at least forced Jose Reina, on his 200th Premier League appearance, into a low save.
It was an omen of things to come as in the 56th minute the visitors took the lead after a mix-up between Skrtel and Kyrgiakos allowed Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's through-ball to squeeze between them.
Ward raced in behind to poke home the first goal conceded at Anfield in 478 minutes in all competitions.
Ngog was replaced by Ryan Babel just past the hour, a decision met with derision by the Kop - who not for the first time this season briefly chanted the name of Kenny Dalglish.
Liverpool were wobbling and only a last-gasp block by Johnson prevented Jarvis making it 2-0.
Two minutes from time Skrtel headed in Gerrard's free-kick but he was well offside.