Salah and Van Dijk ensure Liverpool will be top for Christmas after seeing off Wolves

The Reds claimed a 2-0 win away from home tonight and go four points clear of Manchester City.

Van Dijk (right) celebrates his goal with Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho close by.
Van Dijk (right) celebrates his goal with Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho close by.
Image: Nick Potts

MOHAMED SALAH SCORED one goal and made another as Liverpool won 2-0 at Wolves to guarantee they will be top of the Premier League on Christmas Day.

The leaders toiled for much of tonight’s clash at a sodden Molineux, with in-form Wolves having won their last three league games to move up to seventh.

But Salah’s 11th Premier League goal of the season, meaning the Egypt star is now leading the race for the Golden Boot, set up Liverpool’s sixth straight win in all competitions.

And when Salah crossed for Virgil van Dijk to stab home his first Premier League goal for the club in the 68th minute, Liverpool extended their lead over Manchester City to four points, although Naby Keita’s injury was a sour note on a professional performance.

Adama Traore fired early warning shots either side of Alisson’s goal as Liverpool started poorly. Alisson also made an untidy save from Romain Saiss but Liverpool led in the 18th minute.

After Wolves failed to clear a set-piece, Fabinho swapped passes with Sadio Mane and drilled a low cross that Salah flicked home with the outside of his left boot.

The hosts continued to threaten, with Jonny Castro Otto and the excellent Matt Doherty denied by Alisson before half-time.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool - Premier League - Molineux Wolves' Irish international Matt Doherty and Naby Keita of Liverpool. Source: Nick Potts

Salah fired narrowly over the crossbar after the restart, before Keita limped out of the fray with what might be feared to be a recurrence of his back injury. His 58th-minute replacement Adam Lallana was then kept out by Rui Patricio.

Liverpool clinched the points when Salah’s dipping centre from the right was finished brilliantly by a stretching Van Dijk, and although Georginio Wijnaldum shot wide in stoppage time the Reds still piled pressure on champions City.

Jurgen Klopp will be concerned about Keita as the midfielder was clearly in pain when replaced by Lallana. Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are already injured, while Trent Alexander-Arnold watched from the stands with supporters.

And while the Reds will be top at Christmas, the last team to claim that number one spot without going on to win the Premier League title were Liverpool in 2013-14.

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