Jürgen Klopp praises Liverpool’s maturity after victory at Wolves

The forward scored his 14th goal of the season before setting up Virgil van Dijk's clincher in the second half at Molineux.

Jurgen Klopp's side are four points clear at the top of the table after Manchester City slipped to a surprise defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

City were crowned champions with 100 points last season and Klopp expects that the standards being set this season mean a landmark haul may be required.

He said: "If you want to do the headline "Klopp says we need 105 points to win the title" then do it". There were chances for both teams in the first half, we could have done better in the final third and with final decisions. Exceptional. It wasn't ever such a tight race.

If Klopp's Liverpool are to buck that trend, they will need Salah - and van Dijk - to stay fit and perform to their best in the second half of the season. "It is up there, to have 48 points mid December is just insane".

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also praised Van Dijk, noting he is in "a good moment" though he also made sure to credit the entire backline and two defensive midfielders for their role in the clean sheet.

A fine move from Wolves nearly brought the opening goal when Conor Coady's superb pass and Doherty's neat touch release Romain Saiss, whose shot was well saved by Alisson after it had taken a deflection off Dejan Lovren.

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Salah drifted a ball into the box towards van Dijk and the towering Dutch defender calmly slotted past Rui Patricio from close range for his first EPL goal. "We can not start a party".

"The work rate in general is just outstanding".

"We defended really well and Virgil played a proper part in that".

Wolves competed admirably but couldn't find the back of the net and their three-game winning streak came to an abrupt halt.

"The boys showed they are ready for these hard games", he said. "Back then we were conceding too many goals".

Undefeated after eighteen games, Liverpool are nearly half-way towards matching Arsenal's Invincibles who went an entire season without a loss in the Premier League in 2004.

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  • Lawrence Cooper