Wolves 0 Liverpool 2: Tim Spiers and Nathan Judah analysis

Elena Summers
December 22, 2018

Liverpool have guaranteed that they will sit top of the Premier League table on Christmas Day by moving four points clear with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux this evening.

And although unbeaten Liverpool moved to 48 points from 18 games, Klopp expects a January 3 showdown at the Etihad Stadium to be critical, although his side first host Newcastle United and Arsenal over the festive period.

It proved to be the final action of the match as Liverpool ensured top spot at Christmas - a position from which nine of the last 10 occupants have gone on to win the title from.

"It was flawless football", Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said of the performance, "especially on a night like tonight when it was hard to play proper football".

"We defended really well and Virgil played a proper part in that".

The hosts have taken points off Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United already this season, but they looked short of ideas in the second half and Liverpool nearly added a third when Patricio thwarted Salah from a tight angle before Mane nodded off target from the resulting corner.

"But there are other teams". If all the other guys win when they play then three or four teams have more than 40 points at Christmas.

"You will probably need 105 to be champions, you don't know!" he added.

Tottenham Hotspur, in third place, have 39 points ahead of this weekend's clash with Everton, while fourth-placed Chelsea are on 37 before their home clash with Leicester City.

"[The title] is a special achievement and one we're obviously hoping to get to but it's a long way to go and we're coming up against a lot of good teams".

It's distinctly possible if Liverpool's two signature players keep performing.

The Merseyside outfit made the breakthrough in the 17th minute thanks to Mohamed Salah's 11th goal of the season after Fabinho found the Egypt worldwide with a superb cross.

His finish against Wolves was classy, meeting Fabinho's low cross from the right byline with a first-time flick with the outside of his left foot.

"They went out and spent some on Virgil, some on the goalkeeper - by the way, two great signings". At this stage, he had 14 goals.

The home side continued to push Jurgen Klopp's side hard but their resistance was finally broken with 22 minutes remaining as Van Dijk capped a superb performance with a goal that cemented his side's position at the top of the table.

Liverpool have conceded just seven goals in the league this season with, Alisson Becker keeping 11 clean sheets.

His cross to van Dijk for the Dutch defender's goal was also the work of a master craftsman, with Salah taking one cushioned touch to kill a loose Wolves clearance before finding his teammate with his second touch.

They did not have the quality in attack that Liverpool can rely upon in such critical moments although their second from Van Dijk was worthy of any centre-forward.

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