Wolves 0 Liverpool 2: Tim Spiers and Nathan Judah analysis

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Wolverhampton

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Wolverhampton

If Klopp wants to make changes he can turn to his bench, where options available include Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge.

Liverpool FC can guarantee its Merry Christmas by leaving the Wolves' den with three points.

The ball found Salah on the edge of the area following an initial corner, with the forward producing a lovely clipped ball to find Virgil van Dijk, who finished well from five yards out to give Jurgen Klopp's side a two-goal cushion.

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.

Salah's opening goal was brilliantly converted with the outside of his left boot and he also set up the second for Van Dijk, who was outstanding at the back for Liverpool. Team news and more build-up on the way shortly.

The Egyptian winger saw his initial free kick come to nothing, but carried his run on into the box and impudently flicked his finish past Rui Patricio with the outside of his foot after Fabinho had exchanged passes with Sadio Mane and cut the ball back.

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Liverpool were far from their slick best during the first half at Molineux and were grateful for their goal advantage as they made their way in for the interval.

Liverpool's unbeaten start to the Premier League season continued tonight in Wolverhampton.

The one negative for Liverpool on the night was the sight of midfielder Naby Keita being forced off the field in the second half with an apparent lower back injury.

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.

Wolves nearly produced an immediate response to drag themselves back into the game when a mini-goalmouth scramble ended with the ball falling to Saiss, but his snapshot was straight at Alisson.

Only once in the previous nine seasons has there been a one-point gap at the top at Christmas - in 2013-14, when Liverpool and Arsenal were just ahead of City. Over the last decade, eight of the ten festive table-toppers have gone on to win the title.

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