Win bold, keep a clean sheet, rise to the top of Tottenham‘s group and do not suffer any more injuries, Liverpool welcome 2,000 spectators back to Anfield with a match that approaches perfection. Jurgen Klopp’s army seemed accustomed to the absence of defensive pillars like Alisson, Virgil van Dijk or Joe Gomez.
Wolves are expected to cause difficulties for the home club Anfield, but in fact that prediction only took place in the first half of the first half. The visitors create a more dangerous shot during this time, with Podence’s technical kick to the high corner. But, the goalkeeper was shaking hands with Caoimhin Kelleher, who moved quickly and pushed the ball away with his fingertips.
While Wolves showed better signs of playing, they conceded from the wrong defense. Midfielder Conor Coady missed the ball, giving Mohamed Salah the opportunity to sink in the corner from close range, beating goalkeeper Rui Patricio. After the defeat, Coady pulled up his shirt to cover his face, as he gave gifts to the club where he grew up.
Since the opener, Liverpool no longer turned their head. They were blown away at the end of the first half, but VAR intervened, resulting in the penalty being cleared. Sadio Mane did not work enough to make Coady fall in the Liverpool penalty area. The Senegal striker is wise when he pulls back just before interacting with the opponent.
Mane was ungainly in this match when he missed a series of opportunities, but his teammates were different. In the 58th minute, Gini Wijnaldum scored the first goal of this season with a shot from outside the box, bringing the ball to the top corner. Nine minutes later, Matip decided the match with a scorched header from Salah’s cross. The Cameroon midfielder’s fifth headed goal scored for Liverpool.
The host also scored one more goal from a counter-kick from Nelson Semedo. The first attack belonged to Trent Alexander-Arnold, with a horizontal cross that put both Salah and Mane in a favorable finishing position, but Semedo in an attempt to return the ball to home net.
Liverpool and Tottenham will decide the top war in the 13th round on Wednesday night 16/12. Before that, Klopp’s teachers and students will be guests at Midtjylland on Wednesday, and Fulham on Sunday, December 13.