Liverpool's Christmas lead in Premier League no title guarantee - Jurgen Klopp

Ruben Holloway
December 22, 2018

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

Not only do Van Dijk help his side earn another shutout, but the Liverpool FC record signing got on the score sheet in the second half to secure three points.

Salah clipped a cute ball over Wolves' defence after they'd cleared a corner and Van Dijk was on hand to tap-in.

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho admits it took him time to adapt to the intensity of the Premier League
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho admits it took him time to adapt to the intensity of the Premier League

Van Dijk was handed the man of the match after a commanding display that culminated in him bagging his first Premier League goal for the club.

Liverpool had been sloppy at the back, Alisson getting lucky after he was nearly robbed by Raul Jimenez, and Matt Doherty tested the goalkeeper as Wolves searched for a leveller. Team news and more build-up on the way shortly.

Despite an encouraging start from the home side, Liverpool took the lead in the 18th minute as Fabinho's cutback - following some smart play with Sadio Mane - was comprehensively finished with the outside of the foot by Mohamed Salah for the Egyptian's 11th league goal of the season.

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Fabinho went on to add that he had to work a bit harder to understand his teammates but now he can play his passes faster, "Obviously in the first games I didn't have that automatic understanding with the rest of the team, so I had to work a bit harder to understand other players' runs, but I can do this faster now".

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Klopp made a decision to utilize the preferred midfielders that have been with him since taking over the club in the form of James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson ahead of Fabinho.

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Mo Salah opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a smart finish but in an entertaining first half Wolves created a number of chances through Adama Traore, Jonny Castro Otto and Matt Doherty.

"Dejan [Lovren] as well, playing after he had not a ideal pre-season and all that stuff, but now having game after game and that's all good". More chances went begging via Romain Saiss and Morgan Gibbs-White as Wolves couldn't find a way back into the game.

Both sides return to action on Boxing Day as the fixtures come thick and fast during the festive period, as Wolves travel to London to face Fulham.

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