Player ratings as the Reds walk to an easy win in fans’ return to Anfield

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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 …

Andy Robertson, Pedro Neto
Robertson was in good shape | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

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?

Wijnaldum scored his first goal of the season
Wijnaldum scored his first goal of the season | Pool / Getty Images

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
Salah opened the scoring in the first half | Pool / Getty Images

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
Alexander-Arnold returned from injury | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images

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
Patricio had an evening to forget | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images

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.

Jordan Henderson as Ruben Neves
Neves failed to influence the game | Sam Bagnall – AMA / Getty Images

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.

Daniel Podence, Joao Moutinho
Podence had a frustrating evening | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA / Getty Images

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 had a quiet game | JON SUPER / Getty Images

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

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