Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves showed lack of focus in Liverpool loss


The win extends Jürgen Klopp's side's unbeaten start to the top-flight campaign to 18 matches and takes them further ahead of Manchester City at the summit of the table - at least temporarily, with Pep Guardiola's team meeting Crystal Palace on Saturday.

"Somebody said the last four times, the team who was first in the table at Christmas won the league, but was it ever such a tight race?"

A loan exit looks inevitable but the Liverpool Echo claim that Jurgen Klopp is keen to delay any decision on the centre forward and will hope to see more from the striker to convince the coach that he has a role to play.

"But there are other teams".

"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".

"If all the other teams win tomorrow, then I think three or four teams have more than 40 points, which is really exceptional".

Tottenham, in third place, has 39 points ahead of this weekend's clash with Everton, while fourth-placed Chelsea has 37 before its home clash with Leicester City.

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Friday's impressive victory at Molineux was kick-started by Salah's inventive 18th-minute finish, before the No.11 - an irrepressible presence in the Reds' attack throughout - turned provider for Van Dijk, who volleyed in his second goal for the club midway through the second half.

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.

"This schedule now is going to be tough for all the team".

Liverpool had been on the back foot but there was no denying the quality of their opening goal, scored by Salah on 18 minutes. The ball went past Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio before he could react. At this stage, he had 14 goals.

Salah's 11th goal of the season was a classy one and helped subdue a risky Wolves side who had made a lively start. "It gives them a great chance".

Georginio Wijnaldum and Nathaniel Clyne were named on the bench, with Milner again deployed at right-back.

The one negative for Liverpool on the night was the sight of midfielder Naby Keita being forced off the field in the second half with an apparent lower back injury.