Jürgen Klopp praises Liverpool’s maturity after victory at Wolves

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's first goal

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's first goal

A mature victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers meant that Liverpool extended their unbeaten start to the season to 18 games, opening up a four-point lead on Pep Guardiola's side before today's matches.

"I think if all the other boys [Tottenham and Chelsea] win 2-0 when they play, then I think three or four teams will have more than 40 points at Christmas, that is really exceptional".

"At the end of season you need 105 [points] to be champion - it could be".

"It was flawless football", Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said of the performance, "especially on a night like tonight when it was hard to play proper football".

"'So far it looks like a really special season, 48 points before Christmas is insane", the Liverpool manager told Sky Sports.

Tottenham, in third place, has 39 points ahead of this weekend's clash with Everton, while fourth-placed Chelsea has 37 before its home clash with Leicester City.

While Liverpool have struggled at times to match the attacking potency of Manchester City, their added defensive steel has made them serious contenders for their first title of the Premier League era.

The same two came up against each other again in the 10th minute as Wolves' counter-attacking game plan nearly paid off when Raul Jimenez released Traore, but once again Van Dijk stood his ground and the speedy Wolves attacker could only drill wide.

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Adam Lallana replaced the No.8 and went close to doubling his team's advantage a minute prior to Van Dijk doing just that.

Starting XI: Rui Patricio (6); Bennett (5), Coady (6), Boly (6); Doherty (7*), Saiss (6), Neves (6), Jonny (6); Moutinho (6); Jimenez (5), Traore (5).

Salah moved ahead of Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the scoring charts and isn't too far behind his incredible scoring rate from last season.

The ball found Salah on the edge of the area following an initial corner, with the forward producing a lovely clipped ball to find Virgil van Dijk, who finished well from five yards out to give Jurgen Klopp's side a two-goal cushion.

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.

Among the celebrating fans in Liverpool's vocal away end was Trent Alexander-Arnold, the team's right back who is out injured.

In midfield, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita will form a well-rounded unit, with Liverpool potentially lining up in either a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation.

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