Well, how about that for being put through the emotional wringer? Liverpool ensured they retained their 16-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table but boy did they have to work for it. The best teams always find a way to win and the champions-elect did it once again.

Jordan Henderson scored his second league goal of the season after heading home the opener from another Liverpool set-piece – that’s now 15 goals from set-pieces from the European champions this season. Raul Jiminez got a deserved equiliser for the magnificent hosts before Roberto Firmino snatched the Reds’ 22nd victory of the season. We give our Liverpool player rating v Wolves.

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Goalkeeper – Alisson Becker – 9

Phenomenal performance from the Brazilian. When Liverpool were under the cosh Alisson was there to make two world-class saves in vital moments of the game.

Right-back – Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

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The young scouser’s range of passing is out of this world. Always looking to exploit space through the usage of his killer diagonal balls. Quiet in the second half.

Centre back – Virgil van Dijk – 8

Another imperious. We are running out of words to describe this fine example of a specimen. Contained the threat of Raul Jiminez with ease. Exemplary again. The world’s best.

Centre back – Joe Gomez – 8

Another big performance from the Englishman. Gomez’s blistering pace got the Reds out of trouble on numerous occasions.

Left-back – Andy Robertson – 6

A rare off-night for the Scotland captain. A constant threat down that left-flank in the first half. Seriously struggled to contain the threat of the outstanding Adama Traore.

Defensive midfield – Jordan Henderson – 9

Flawless performance. Controlled the midfield from start-to-finish. Capped off an imperious showing with his second goal of the season and got the crucial assist for Firmino.

Centre midfield – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

Started brightly with some intelligent link-up play. Faded in the second half. Is in danger of being dropped for Fabinho.

Centre midfield – Gini Wijnaldum – 7

Elegant as ever and utilised the ball smartly alongside Henderson. The Dutchman’s industriousness was present once again in the big moments

Right-wing – Mo Salah – 7

A constant pest. Terrorised the Wolves defence from start-to-finish. All his performance needed was a goal. Should have passed to Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second half.

Firmino role – Roberto Firmino – 8

The Brazilian was everywhere. Having been forced to drop deeper to provide space for Salah and Mane in the first-half, Firmino constantly hunted down Wolves players and retrieved possession on numerous occasions. Got the all-important winner to make it 22 league victories.

Left-wing – Sadio Mane – 6

Started brightly alongside Salah but was sadly subbed early on due to a hamstring problem. A gargantuan blow for Klopp’s team.


Minamino – 6

Talk about a baptism of fire. Minamino was thrown in at the deep end and the Japan international can hold his head high.

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