Liverpool - Premier League - 21 December 2018

Liverpool vs Man United

Liverpool will miss Virgil van Dijk, who is suspended for the first leg at Anfield, and they cannot allow any complacency to creep in - a lot can change in a few months after all, especially for Germany's biggest club.

Then, when Wolves managed to blunt Liverpool's attacking threat, their defence clicked into gear to silence a unsafe frontline with Van Dijk in outstanding form at the heart of Klopp's back four.

"I travelled up [north] thinking we could give a good performance", Hodgson said after Palace's 3-2 win on Saturday.

"It was clear that the whole game would be hard", Klopp said to BBC Sport after Salah starred at a wet Molineux.

It took only 18 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, with Mohamed Salah once again on target, this time courtesy of a deft flick after good work from Fabinho.

Wolves have now faced all of the top flight's big sides. Two things which are a bit painful but I don't think will be a problem for him. We will be training on Christmas morning, so it is like every other day. It is an outstanding number [of points in the league] - it is absolutely cool.

"We need to have different game plans but the boys showed they are ready for that". Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, they will probably win, then they will have 40-something points, nobody is dropping points from one down to five. Rivals were cut apart on a regular basis on their way to an incredible 100 points with 108 goals, but the best of it was done with the season finished so early.

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They go to Fulham on Boxing Day and boss Nuno Espirito Santo praised his team's performance.

Heading into this weekend of matches before Christmas, Jurgen Klopp claimed that Manchester City don't have any weaknesses. "We are consistent, but the table doesn't mean anything".

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.

Those players are all worthy contenders of course but are any of them as important as Van Dijk is for Liverpool?

Fabinho gifted Traore the ball but the former Barcelona youngster could only shoot wide after four minutes.

But they wrestled back control after the re-start. The ball went past Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio before he could react.

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