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Xherdan Shaqiri dazzles again: Liverpool player ratings from 4-1 Cardiff win

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Liverpool moved three points clear at the top of the table with a 4-1 win over Cardiff City. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the 10th minute.

The Reds dominated the away side but couldn’t get clear shots on goal. It was becoming a frustrating afternoon at Anfield before Sadio Mane hammered home the second goal.

Things got tense when Callum Paterson scored via a deflection, but Xherdan Shaqiri calmed nerves with his first Liverpool goal in the 84th minute.

Mane wrapped up the points with a smart chip over the Cardiff keeper. There were some quality performances at Anfield, and here are the player ratings from the game.

Alisson – 6/10

The keeper didn’t have much to do in the game and will be disappointed that he couldn’t keep another clean sheet.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

The Englishman did a decent job for the Reds as he played high up the field supporting the attack in the first half.

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

Lovren didn’t make too many errors at the back and it was great seeing the Croatian get more minutes under his belt.

Virgil van Dijk Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

The Dutch defender was having an incredible game until he deflected a cross for Paterson to score.

Alberto Moreno – 7/10

Moreno didn’t have too many moments of madness at the back, but he will have tougher games in the days to come.

Fabinho – 7/10

The Brazilian was slow to a couple of tackles but this was another quality display after the Red Star game.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

Wijnaldum was great in midfield as he ran from box to box and kept Liverpool ticking.

Adam Lallana Liverpool training

Adam Lallana – 6.5/10

Lallana got another start under his belt but didn’t do much worth noting. The Englishman did have a header cleared off the line.

Mohamed Salah – 7.5/10

It was a strange game for Salah as he scored our opening goal and assisted a couple more, but he never got out of second gear.

Roberto Firmino – 6.5/10

The Brazilian didn’t have a great game against Cardiff. Firmino had his usual tricks and flicks but that was about it.

Sadio Mane – 7.5/10

Mane got the second and fourth goals of the game and both were typical goals. One was a rocket with his left foot and the other was a clever finish over the keeper.

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Xherdan Shaqiri – 8/10

The Swiss was excellent once he came on and he was rewarded with a well-taken goal.

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James Milner – 6.5/10

Milner shored up the midfield and didn’t really make any mistakes.

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Injury updates on two Liverpool stars that missed 3-1 win over Manchester United

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Joe Gomez (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate

Liverpool continue their Premier League journey with a tough trip to Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Wolves will not be easy opponents for the Premier League leaders on Friday as they held Manchester City and defeated Chelsea earlier this season.

Liverpool come off a comfortable 3-1 win over Manchester United, and Jurgen Klopp shared some injury news ahead of the clash.

The German revealed that Trent Alexander-Arnold is looking good after missing the win over United but won’t be ready for the clash against Wolves (h/t Liverpoolfc.com).

“It actually looks surprisingly good.

“I think Wolves will still be a bit too early but after that, they told me we can think about him.

“But for that, he needs to train. So far he didn’t train but the pain goes down second by second, which is good, and then in the moment when he can deal with it, he is on the pitch, and in the moment he is on the pitch we’ll make a decision.”

The Reds played with Nathaniel Clyne as the right-back on Sunday and we James Milner missed the United game too.

The Englishman was not risked by Klopp on Sunday, and Milner shared an update on his injury.

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Hopefully, we get Trent back quickly as the games come thick and fast in the festive period.

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(Photos) Liverpool players train hard ahead of testing Wolverhampton Wanderers clash

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Liverpool players in training

Liverpool face another tough game in the Premier League on Friday as the leaders face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

The Wolves might be newly promoted but also have a win over Chelsea and a draw against Manchester City at home.

The Reds are in fantastic form going into the game with a huge win over Manchester United at the weekend.

Sadio Mane in training

Sadio Mane scored the opening goal of the game against United, and the Senegal star was pictured in training. Mohamed Salah would also want to score a goal or two against the Wolves, and the pair seemed to be ready for the clash.

Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Mohamed Salah in training

Our defence wasn’t tested much by the Red Devils on Sunday, but Alisson would want to forget about the mistake that cost us a goal.

Alisson and Salah in training

The Brazilian should be joined in the starting XI by Virgil van Dijk, and the Dutch defender certainly looks up for another battle on Friday.

Virgil van Dijk in training

James Milner and Adam Lallana did not play in the win over United, but the pair could join Jordan Henderson in the first-team action as Jurgen Klopp could mix things up ahead of a crazy run of games.

Naby Keita was also pictured training and the Guinea midfielder is slowly coming into his own in his first season at Anfield.

Keita was great in the win over United but his midfield partner, Fabinho, was the best performer in that win.

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Liverpool can extend their lead at the top to four points before Manchester City play Crystal Palace on Saturday, and that pressure could see the Cityzens crack, as they did against Chelsea recently.

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James Milner to return? – Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Wolverhampton Wanderers

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James Milner celebrates

Wolverhampton Wanderers host the Reds on Friday as we look to extend our lead at the top of the Premier League to four points.

Liverpool come off a couple of huge wins over Napoli and Manchester United but the Wolves will not be easy fodder given their exploits this season.

They have already defeated Chelsea and drawn with Manchester City, so the Reds have to be wary of their opposition.

Liverpool were incredible in the win over United, but Jurgen Klopp could make some changes in the starting XI as we look to keep the players fresh.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a doubt for the game with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip recovering from injuries, and here is our predicted line-up for Klopp’s men.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

The Brazilian made an error in the 3-1 win over United, but that shouldn’t faze him as we look for all three points on Friday.

James Milner (RB)

Nathaniel Clyne did a decent job in defence, but it is unlikely he will start two games in five days for us, and we could see Milner coming into the right-back slot.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

Possibly the best defender in the world, Van Dijk has barely put a foot wrong at Liverpool and the centre-back needs to be vigil against a crafty Wolves team.

Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren in training

Dejan Lovren (CB)

Lovren was barely threatened at the back by United, but the Croatian will face a tougher test at Molineux.

Andy Robertson (LB)

The best left-back in the league should start on Friday as the games keep on coming.

Jordan Henderson (CM)

It was a surprise seeing Henderson not starting against United, but the captain should make a return on Friday.

Fabinho of Liverpool

Fabinho bossed Manchester United

Fabinho (CM)

The performance against United was possibly Fabinho’s best since joining the Reds, and the Brazilian should continue in the team.

Naby Keita (CAM)

The Guinea midfielder had a great game for us on Sunday and hopefully, plays more down the middle against Wolves.

Xherdan Shaqiri (RAM)

Roberto Firmino ran his socks off against United, and the Brazilian could get a rest with super-sub Shaqiri being the third man in our attack.

Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane celebrate a goal

Sadio Mane (LAM)

Mane found his scoring boots against United, and the Liverpool forward seems set to score more on Friday.

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Mohamed Salah (ST)

Salah was marshalled well by the United defence on Sunday, and we could see a similar tactic being used by the Wolves.

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