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Player ratings from Liverpool’s emphatic win over Wolves

Liverpool ran riot to treat their 2,000 returning fans at Anfield with a 4-0 demolition job over Wolves.

Strikes from Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, plus a Joel Matip header and a Nelson Semedo own goal were enough for the Reds to join Tottenham on 24 points at the top of the Premier League.

Salah’s ninth strike of the season opened the scoring before Wijnaldum curled home from the edge of the area after the break.

Matip’s bullet header made it three, then Sadio Mane got on the end of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross and his strike deflected in off Semedo.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita made their comebacks from injury from the bench on a good night for Jurgen Klopp.

Here’s how the players rated on Merseyside…

Mane caught the eye at Anfield

Liverpool

Kelleher 7

One fine save early on settled nerves and another great display

Williams 7

Looking stronger again with runs down right

Matip 7

Calm as ever in the centre, and delivered a goal to cap a good night

Fabinho 7

Looks like a top class centre back with perfect timing in his tackles

Robertson 8

Never tires, never relents. Brilliant all night and delivery magnificent

Henderson 8

Huge influence on his side and such a massive role in the middle

Wijnaldum 8

Controlled tempo in middle with ball retention and brilliant goal too

Liverpool put Wolves to the sword at Anfield

Jones 7

Has real awareness, which is why Klopp trusts him so much

Salah 8

Fine finish for goal, danger all night and turned provider too

Firmino 7

Seems to have a bit of the Si Señor swagger back, with class on ball

Mane 9

MOTM. Skills are sublime, nightmare to mark and astonishing trickery

Subs

Alexander-Arnold 6 (Williams 68)

Jota (Firmino 73)

Keita (Henderson 81)

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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.

But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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Wolves

Rui Patricio 6

Such a solid keeper, and could do little about deluge around hm

Boly 6

Took smash volley to face with barely a blink, but struggled to contain Reds

Coady 5

Mistake for goal, and unlike him to try to con ref – a night to forget

Marcal 6

Difficult job trying to track Firmino movement and poor display

Semedo 6

Didn’t get forward as Salah a handful, and own goal made miserable night

Dendoncker 6

Worked hard in the middle but always up against it as outnumbered

Neves 5

Couldn’t get on ball in first half and a real disappointment in middle

Moutinho 6

Quiet as midfield got overrun and never really in the game

Traore 5

Seemed to work back rather than use pace in danger areas

Podence 6

Some classy touches on ball but never really showed enough

Neto 6

Starved of service but showed flashes of instinct around box

Subs

Fabio Silva 5 (Neves 62)

Ait-Nouri (Podence 71)

Vitinha (Neto 79)




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