Five areas where Liverpool improved in their performance vs Wolves

Liverpool’s win over Wolves saw five main performance-based improvements.

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A 2-0 convincing triumph against Wolves would have boosted Liverpool’s hopes of top four with a tough run of games coming up for Klopp and his men.

Liverpool now turn their attention to the weekend where they host high-flying Manchester United in a contest that will lift a lot of bums off seats.

 

Allison’s distribution

A long ball from Liverpool’s man between the sticks eventually led to Liverpool’s crushing second goal.

His high-risk approach to passing didn’t come off on every occasion, but his decisiveness was good throughout, highlighted by his involvement in the goal.

Adding to that, Alisson kept his fourth consecutive domestic clean sheet which elevates his status in net.

 

Fabinho looked much sharper

Though he has been the subject of some criticism of late, the Brazilian provided that extra defensive support behind youngsters Harvey Elliott and Stefan Bajcetic.

He received a booking but was much more on the front foot than in previous games, relieving Liverpool of any pressure and subsequently piled it on the other way.

This was a performance reminiscent of his old best, with more bite in his tackling and controlling the overall tempo of the contest.

 

Virgil van Dijk looks more like his usual self

The fan-favourite defender topped off his stellar performance with a goal last night, much to the delight of the Liverpool supporters.

His 73rd-minute goal calmed some Liverpool nerves as he towered above the Wolves’ defence to turn in a dink from former Wolves’ man Diogo Jota.

Lauded with the possibility of being named man of the match, his passing was tidy and he finished the game with an 89% pass success rate.

His absence is shown greater since he has returned to action.

 

Darwin Nunez was a handful

Though the Uruguayan failed to score or assist on the night, Nunez was given heaps of praise from his boss for his display at Anfield.

The stalemate appeared to be broken when the man playing off the left opened the scoring, only for it to be chalked off due to a Diogo Jota foul in the build-up.

His defensive output was also brilliant, which included a tantalising switch of play to right-back Alexander-Arnold as he temporarily found himself in the left-back position.

 

Both full-backs impressive going forward

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kostas Tsimikas proved their attacking prowess on the night, with both playing significant parts in goals.

A vintage Trent ball caused Wolves all sorts of problems as it unleashed a van Dijk header, which Sa was equal to, but the delivery from Trent was exemplary.

A quick one-two with Cody Gakpo saw Tsimikas in acres of space on the left hand side where he picked out Mohamed Salah to extend the Red’s lead and put the game to bed.

Their deliveries into exploited spaces were good throughout and were instrumental in both goals.

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