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Friday, 21 December 2018

Salah wipes Wolves as Reds stay unbeaten


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Liverpool will be top of the English Premier League at Christmas after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 thanks to goals by Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

Salah became the league leading scorer on 11 when he produced a deft flicked finish to turn in a driven cross by Fabinho in the 18th minute at rain-hit Molineux on Friday.

Salah also provided the cross that was guided in left-footed from close range by Van Dijk, capping a brilliant overall display by the Dutch centre-back at both ends of the field.

Liverpool extended its unbeaten start to the league season to 18 games and ensured it cannot be toppled by Manchester City before Christmas.

Second-placed City, the defending champion, trails Liverpool by four points ahead of its home game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Eight of the last nine champions in the Premier League were top at Christmas.

"It was perfect football, especially on a night like tonight when it was difficult to play proper football," said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp.

With Liverpool looking so solid at the back - this was an 11th clean sheet so far - and increasingly lethal going forward, questions will be asked if Klopp's team can go through the campaign undefeated to match Arsenal's feat in the 2003-04 season.

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

Salah seemed slightly short of confidence in the early months, particularly when he snatched at chances in front of goal, but he looks back to the kind of form that saw him finish last season as the league's top scorer on 32.

He has moved ahead of Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the scoring charts and isn't too far behind his incredible scoring rate from last season. At this stage, he had 14 goals.

Then there was Van Dijk who was majestic at the back in clearing high balls into the box and, at one stage in the second half, even outpacing Wolves' jet-heeled forward, Adama Traore, as they raced down the right wing.

The Netherlands international has always had an eye for goal - he scored on his debut for Liverpool last season, for example - but this was his first of the season for the club in any competition.

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

Liverpool will be top of the English Premier League at Christmas after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 thanks to goals by Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

Salah became the league leading scorer on 11 when he produced a deft flicked finish to turn in a driven cross by Fabinho in the 18th minute at rain-hit Molineux on Friday.

Salah also provided the cross that was guided in left-footed from close range by Van Dijk, capping a brilliant overall display by the Dutch centre-back at both ends of the field.

Liverpool extended its unbeaten start to the league season to 18 games and ensured it cannot be toppled by Manchester City before Christmas.

Second-placed City, the defending champion, trails Liverpool by four points ahead of its home game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Eight of the last nine champions in the Premier League were top at Christmas.

"It was perfect football, especially on a night like tonight when it was difficult to play proper football," said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp.

With Liverpool looking so solid at the back - this was an 11th clean sheet so far - and increasingly lethal going forward, questions will be asked if Klopp's team can go through the campaign undefeated to match Arsenal's feat in the 2003-04 season.

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

Salah seemed slightly short of confidence in the early months, particularly when he snatched at chances in front of goal, but he looks back to the kind of form that saw him finish last season as the league's top scorer on 32.

He has moved ahead of Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the scoring charts and isn't too far behind his incredible scoring rate from last season. At this stage, he had 14 goals.

Then there was Van Dijk who was majestic at the back in clearing high balls into the box and, at one stage in the second half, even outpacing Wolves' jet-heeled forward, Adama Traore, as they raced down the right wing.

The Netherlands international has always had an eye for goal - he scored on his debut for Liverpool last season, for example - but this was his first of the season for the club in any competition.

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

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