WOLVERHAMPTON, December 22: Liverpool passed another stringent test of their Premier League title credentials as Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk gave them a 2-0 victory at Wolverhampton on Friday that guarantees top spot at Christmas.
Salah’s 11th goal of the season was a classy one and helped subdue a dangerous Wolves side who had made a lively start.
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 with 48 points.
Manager Jurgen Klopp said: “The first goal was brilliant, it was cool. And the second goal – yes, well done. I’m completely happy with the result and it is big for us.”
“We will be training on Christmas morning so it is like every other day. It is an outstanding number (of points), it is absolutely cool.”
While Liverpool have struggled at times to match the attacking potency of Manchester City, who they face on January 3, their added defensive steel has
made them serious contenders for their first title of the Premier League era.
In the first half at a wet, windy Molineux they showed signs that some of the swagger that marked them out as the league’s great entertainers last season is returning.
Salah linked up impressively with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack and Klopp’s side might have added to their tally earlier than they did. (AFP)