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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 4-0 Wolves

What a way to end the week, with a four nil hammering of a team that many expected to make a real go of it, having beaten Arsenal at the Emirates last Sunday.


As it turned out, the tired legs of Liverpool did all the running, made all the play and hammered home, not just the goals, but the point that, while you may throw as many obstacles in our way as possible, we will defend our title with everything we've got.


But tonight was as much about the lads simply turning in a superb display, against genuinely tough opposition, and how displays like that can help push tired like through games of this magnitude too.


The first ten minutes were end-to-end, and it initially looked as if Adama Traore and Moutinho may present Liverpool with serious problems. But Traore quickly faded, as Liverpool got the better of him, with the winger eventually swapping sides.


By the final whistle, Moutinho's only impact on the game had been to commit a dozen niggling fouls and receive a yellow card, as Liverpool strode out four nil winners and joined Spurs on 24 points.

Caoimhin Kelleher - After a great Champions League debut in the week, young Caoimhin went on to have just as good a Premier League debut. Keeping another clean sheet to boot. It looks like we well and truly have our new number two. 7

Neco Williams - Like Kelleher, Neco had a good showing on Tuesday and he followed that up with a really solid performance tonight. He dealt well with Wolves' threat down the left before he came off for Trent. It was probably timed but he had a bit of a knock to his ankle. 7

Joel Matip - A goal for Joel, his first since last season and he continues to go from strength to strength as our - current - main centre back. Won everything in the air and played some wonderful long-range balls as well. 8


Fabinho - I honestly think this fella could play in any position, he has just seamlessly slotted in alongside Matip and looked like a seasoned centre back. He's class in any position though. He helped to stifle pretty much everything that Wolves did through the middle. 7


Andy Robertson - Has shouldered the creative burden from the flanks well in Trent's absence and was our main outlet down the left tonight, until Trent arrived after the hour mark. 7


Gini Wijnaldum - There are few better sights at Anfield than seeing a Gini smile after he's scored, and we had the privilege of seeing another superb performance from the Dutch captain capped with a goal. He ran the show in the middle, looking a class above the likes of Neves and Moutinho. His goal was a beauty, lovely curled effort from the edge of the box. 9 Man of the Match


Jordan Henderson - A couple of assist and ably assisted in keeping the clean sheet too. Was the engine in the middle. His running and pressing would overwhelm Wolves midfield at times and he came off to his first ovation in almost 10 months late on for Naby. 8


Curtis Jones - It wasn't his best night, in all honesty. He struggled to make a telling impact, giving it away a lot. An incident where he could've played Salah through in the first half, but held onto possession, looking for a chance himself before giving it away summed up his night. 6


Sadio Mane - As with Gini, it's always a delight to see Sadio grab a goal but while he couldn't score himself, he forced the OG from Semedo to round out the win. 7


Mo Salah - Since returning from his week of isolation Mo has gradually ground through the gears, he's now looking like he's approaching the sort of devastating form we've become accustomed to. A goal tonight, he could've had more and looked like he wanted to keep going all night too. A nightmare for Wolves to track. 8


Roberto Firmino - He worked hard, Bobby, that's something you can always guarantee though. He was, as always, the able support act to our attackers and hounded Coady and Boly all night. 7

Subs:


Trent Alexander-Arnold - Was barely on ten minutes before he supplied a cross that led to a goal. Magnificent return for our Trent. 7


Naby Keita - Wasn't on for all that long but it was just good to see him back after a few weeks out. 6


Diogo Jota - The final sub and got a few minutes against his old side once they were well beaten. NA



 

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