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5 talking points as Liverpool thrash Wolves to go joint top of the table

Liverpool moved back level on points with Tottenham at the top of the Premier League after a comfortable 4-0 win over Wolves.

The Reds took the lead after a Conor Coady howler allowed Mohamed Salah to fire home.

Gini Wijnaldum doubled the advantage after half-time with a superb curling shot in front of 2,000 delighted fans in the Kop end.

The game was effectively ended as a contest when Joel Matip headed home from Salah’s cross.

And a Nelson Semedo own goal rounded off the scoring on a thoroughly satisfactory evening for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Here are five talking points from Anfield…

Liverpool back in business

Liverpool easily saw off Wolves at Anfield

Liverpool’s disappointing draw with Brighton last weekend coupled with the superb recent form of Chelsea and Tottenham meant there was pressure on them to deliver a performance tonight.

But there was rarely any doubt over whether they would come away with the three points in what was a highly impressive display against a talented Wolves side.

The Reds were relentless tonight, putting their opponents to the sword in arguably their best league performance so far this season.

You get the sense they are continuing to grow into the season, and considering they are already joint top of the league that spells trouble for the other challengers for the title.

Next weekend’s game against Fulham looks like a banker win, before a huge match against Spurs on December 16.

The title race could be about to get very, very tasty.

Return of the Trent

Liverpool fans will be delighted to see Trent Alexander-Arnold back

After a spell of just under a month on the sidelines, Liverpool welcomed back Trent Alexander-Arnold as the right-back came on as a second half substitute.

Although young Neco Williams has performed admirably in his absence, Alexander-Arnold coming back to the fold can only be a boost to Klopp as their injury list gradually starts to shorten.

And he showed what his side had been missing almost instantly by providing one of his trademark crosses which Nelson Semedo put into his own net for the game’s fourth goal.

Naby Keita also came off the bench for a run-out, and Thaigo Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should also be back in action before too long.

The added strength in depth will be crucial to Klopp ahead of a packed Christmas period.

Bad night at the office for Coady

Conor Coady reacts after Liverpool’s opening goal

He has impressed for both club and country so far this season, but tonight is not one Wolves captain Coady will look back at with fond memories.

The centre-back, who was once on Liverpool’s books, should have dealt much better with an ambitious Jordan Henderson long ball, but he could only cushion it straight into Salah’s path for the opener.

He then went down far too easily in the box from Sadio Mane’s challenge to try to win a penalty for his side, with the initial award of the spot-kick overruled following a VAR check.

And to top it all off he missed a decent chance at the other end in the second half just seconds before Wijnaldum made it 2-0.

Oh, and he and his side shipped a further two goals.

It’s fair to say this was not the happy return to Anfield Coady will have dreamt of last night.

Kelleher has bright future

Caoimhin Kelleher was a commanding presence again

Twenty-two year old backup goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher again deputised for the injured Alisson Becker tonight.

And the Irishman barely put a foot wrong in what was another accomplished performance following his fine display against Ajax in the Champions League midweek.

Sure, he didn’t have a huge amount to do, but he dealt confidently with crosses and punched away a number of dangerous corners.

After Adrian’s less-than-convincing displays early on in the season, Kelleher looks to have usurped him as No.2 in Klopp’s plans.

And the two consecutive clean sheets cannot have harmed his chances of, perhaps, one day taking over from Alisson as No.1.

Special night for Reds fans

Liverpool fans participated in a highly emotional “You’ll Never Walk Alone”

Two thousand lucky Liverpool supporters can now say they were among the first to see the Reds play as champions since 1990.

After the run-in to their title charge last season was completed without supporters present, the cries of “Bring on the champions!” seemed especially loud tonight.

And the roar that greeted the players as they ran out on the famous Anfield turf sounded like it was coming from far more than just those who were spread out on the Kop.

A poignant “You’ll Never Walk Alone” followed, and the fans didn’t let up all night as they encouraged their team on, and clearly enjoyed what they saw.

Here’s hoping it’s not long until there are a few more of them.




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