Virgil van Dijk issues Liverpool FC rallying cry ahead of crunch games


Wolves saw their three-match winning run come to an end after goals in either half from Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

'From the outside, he just looks like a manager who all the players love. "We can not start a party", said Klopp.

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.

Eight of the last nine champions in the Premier League were in first place at Christmas.

"Very mature", Klopp said of Liverpool's performance.

"We have spoken together as a team". Exceptional. It wasn't ever such a tight race.

"But there are other teams". Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, will probably win, so then they have 40-something points, nobody is dropping points down to fifth or sixth.

"If you want to do the headline "Klopp says you need 105 points to become champion" then do it, but we don't think about it".

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The world's most expensive defender has been key to a Liverpool backline that has kept 11 league clean sheets so far this season.

The same two came up against each other again in the 10th minute as Wolves' counter-attacking game plan nearly paid off when Raul Jimenez released Traore, but once again Van Dijk stood his ground and the speedy Wolves attacker could only drill wide.

The "goals against" column also makes good reading for Liverpool, who have conceded a mere seven goals, six fewer than title rivals Manchester City.

His finish against Wolves was classy, meeting Fabinho's low cross from the right byline with a first-time flick with the outside of his left foot.

Salah opened the scoring against Wolves in style. At this stage, he had 14 goals.

After the game with Wolves, Klopp hailed Van Dijk for his assured display and claimed that he thinks he is an even better player than he thought.

Klopp had rotated his squad ahead of the festive fixtures with Georginio Wijnaldum starting on the bench and Jordan Henderson given the start in central midfield while Adam Lallana made an appearance in the second half as a substitute for the injured Naby Keita.