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Liverpool stretched their unbeaten home run in the Premier League to 65 games, and posted a 4-0 win over Wolves at Anfield.
After an even start, the hosts took the lead when Conor Coady’s poor mistake was taken advantage of by Mohamed Salah, who produced a clinical finish.
Just before the break, the Wolves received a penalty and Sadio Mané was tried for catching Coady in the box, only to have Craig Pawson annul his decision after a VAR control.
Just before the hour, Liverpool doubled their lead when Georginio Wijnaldum launched a great effort into the upper corner. The Reds then took a third with Joel Matip nodding to Salah’s cross.
With just over 10 minutes remaining, Nelson Semedo converted a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross into his own goal to brighten the score.
Here are the Anfield Wolves and Liverpool player ratings …
Caoimhin Kelleher (GK) – 7/10 – He made a good save in the first half, struggling to keep Podence’s cute chip out.
Neco Williams (RB) – 7/10 – He was not wrong before being replaced by the return of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Joel Matip (CB) – 8/10 – He scored his first goal in over a year, finding a cross from Salah with a bullet header. He also defended stoically.
Fabinho (CB) – 7/10 – Flawless display once again. He continues to appear unflappable, despite playing an unfamiliar role.
Andrew Robertson (LB) – 8/10 – Ran Wolves wreaked havoc in the first half, doubling down very well with Mane. Where do you get all this energy from?
Jordan Henderson (CM) – 7/10 – He kept going in midfield, registering more touches than anyone on the field before being replaced.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – 8/10 – His first goal of the season was spectacular.
Curtis Jones (CM) – 10/7 – He showed intelligence at all times, covering his sides and choosing his moments to move forward.
Mohamed Salah (RW) – 9/10 – Typically compound finish to open the score. He also provided a precise cross for Matip’s goal.
Roberto Firmino (ST) – 10/7 – He played the Wolves’ bottom line in the first half, completing two nutmegs. He seemed full of confidence. His goal against Leicester a few weeks ago is clearly working wonders.
Sadio Mane (LW) – 8/10 – He did not give Nelson Semedo a moment’s rest. His international torment with Portugal was summed up when he forced him to score an own goal at the end.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10 – Liverpool fans will be delighted to see him back. He threw an incredible ball that led to the Reds’ fourth goal.
Diogo Jota – 6/10 – He kept busy when he entered.
Near Keita – 6/10 – He continued his recovery with a brief cameo in the second half.
Rui Patricio (GK) – 5/10 – An eventful evening between the clubs. He couldn’t do much about any of the goals, particularly Wijnaldum’s.
Nelson Semedo (RB) – 5/10 – He had the unenviable task of keeping a wild mane at bay. He did well at times, but by far he came second best, committing three fouls. The own goal was regrettable.
Willy Boly (CB) – 6/10 – He bravely took an effort from Mane squarely in the face early on. He struggled to track Firmino’s runs but made four tackles.
Conor Coady (CB) – 5/10 – His poor mistake led to the Reds’ first goal. He always made up for it by winning a penalty, only for the VAR to intervene.
Marcal (LB) – 6/10 – He defended pretty well all things considered, making three interceptions and a few tackles to boot.
Leander Dendoncker (CM) – 5/10 – Threatened with some late waves in the box early on, but it seriously faded as things progressed.
Rubén Neves (CM) – 5/10 – He struggled to make a dent before being replaced by Fabio Silva shortly after Liverpool’s second goal.
Joao Moutinho (CM) – 5/10 – Clean and orderly in possession, but struggled to contain the Reds’ midfield without the ball.
Adama Traore (RW) – 5/10 – Sporadically threatened with his step but mainly he was temporary.
Daniel Podence (ST) – 6/10 – So he almost opened the scoring with a delicious chip early on. He leads the line as best he could in Jiménez’s absence.
Pedro Neto (LW) – 5/10 – He was in and out of the game. You will be disappointed not to have more impact.
Fabio Silva – 5/10 – I didn’t do anything after coming.
Rayan Ait Nouri – 6/10 – He got a save from Kelleher in the final stages.
Vitinha – N / A