Wolves 0 Liverpool 2: Salah stars as Reds claim Christmas top spot

Wolves 0 Liverpool 2

Posted Saturday, December 22, 2018 by Goal.com

Wolves 0 Liverpool 2: Salah stars as Reds claim Christmas top spot

Liverpool will be top of the Premier League at Christmas after battling to a 2-0 win at Wolves with the help of Mohamed Salah.

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 Friday'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.

THAT. MAN. MO. #WOLLIV pic.twitter.com/tgNzJP5FZk — Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 21, 2018

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 Matt Doherty denied by Alisson before half-time.

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.



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