By Lewis Rooke – @LV_Rooke
Top of the league. Another win. Merry Christmas. Liverpool comfortably downed a resilient Wolves side courtesy of goals from Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk to sit Liverpool top of the Premier League pile as the festive season rolls around. Whilst Wolves offered more of a threat than some teams have this season (looking at you, Manchester United), the result never looked in any serious doubt.
Here’s how the lads rated…
Alisson: 7 – The thing is, that save against PSG has bought Alisson as many brownie points as humanly possible, to such an extent he could launch the ball in the back of his own net and I still wouldn’t be arsed one bit. Pass the ball out of play under no pressure at all? Sound lad, do it all day long. Had a few routine saves throughout as well.
James Milner: 6 – Wasn’t the easiest game the reliable Englishman has ever had in his life, but what more can you expect from someone who has been excellent all season.
Degsy: 7 – Had a few Lovren moments with a swinging air kick and the ball trickling through his legs in a threatening position, triggering my PTSD that almost caused me to send the TV remote hurtling towards the telly, but he’s the best defender in the world so we’ll let that fly. Sound for the remainder.
Big Virg: 9.5 – Outpaced the pace merchant Adama Traore on several occasions throughout the match. Beautifully taken finish to put the Reds two goals up, a goal which has been long overdue for the big Dutchman. Remained typically indestructible throughout whilst appearing to not even break a bead of sweat. Man of the match by a distance.
Andy Robertson: 6 – Far from the Scotsman’s best game in a Liverpool shirt, Robertson was still solid enough despite getting legged by Matt Doherty a few times. Uncharacteristic error presented Gibbs-White with a golden opportunity which was spurned.
Jordan Henderson: 8 – His best game of the season so far in my humble opinion. Positive, forward-thinking and decisive. A captains performance on his 300th Liverpool appearance.
Fabinho: 7 – Got away with one in the first five there, didn’t he? Wasn’t as dominant as he was against Manchester United, but the Brazilian is truly looking at home in Liverpool red. Cheeky assist as well.
Naby Keita: 6 – Lost the ball cheaply to an onrushing Matt Doherty, whose shot was safely gathered by Alisson, sparing the Guinean’s blushes. Passed to an advertising board at the end of the first half. Wasn’t terrible from Keita, but we’ve seen better and there will be much more to come from him as the season goes on.
Sadio Mane: 7 – Laid a wonderful one-two to set Fabinho free who fizzed the ball into a prowling Mohamed Salah to fire into the back of the net. The pace of the Senegalese troubled the Wolves backline all match.
Roberto Firmino: 6.5 – Had a few nifty touches here and there, but it would be nice to see Bobby amongst the goals a bit more regularly this season. Was substituted midway in to the second half.
Mo Salah: 8 – Wonderfully taken goal from a Fabinho cross, with the Egyptian regaining his rightful place at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts. Was a threat throughout the match as the Wolves defence struggled to contain him. Goal and an assist on a productive day.
Gini Wijnaldum: N/A
Adam Lallana: N/A
Nathaniel Clyne: N/A