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Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick destroys Bournemouth – Liverpool player ratings from 4-0 win

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Liverpool went to the top of the Premier League after their resounding 4-0 win over Bournemouth. The Reds will stay on top should Manchester City lose, but the performance was fantastic from the first minute.

Mohamed Salah got the first goal of the game before adding a second a couple of minutes after half-time. Lewis Cook scored into his own net before Salah completed his hat-trick by showing his composure in front of goal.

The Reds now prepare for a tough clash against Napoli in the Champions League, and should we play in the same manner, the Italians will be in for a hammering.

There were many other stars on show alongside Salah, and here are the player ratings from the win.

Alisson – 7.5/10

The Brazilian had a couple of quality saves from the tie and did well in tough conditions with the ball swirling around in the air.

James Milner – 7.5/10

The Englishman was played as the right-back and didn’t look comfortable in the first half. He did much better in the second but some of his crossing wasn’t great.

Virgil van Dijk – 7.5/10

A solid display from the Dutch defender but there were a few iffy moments at the back for Liverpool. 

Joel Matip – 8/10

Matip was brilliant at the back and even had a few foraging runs into the Bournemouth half during the second 45 minutes.

Andy Robertson – 8.5/10

The Scot was excellent at the back and his crossing was brilliant too. It was his ball that helped us get the third goal and he provided more for us than Alberto Moreno did in the previous tie.

Fabinho – 7.5/10

The Brazilian broke up a number of Bournemouth attacks and was solid in midfield. He did pick up a yellow for a slightly late tackle in the second half.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

Wijnaldum returned to the side and did a pretty good job in the midfield. Nothing out of the word but kept things simple with a few darting runs.

Naby Keita – 7.5/10

Keita was great in the middle of the park as he tried to link up with our attack. Another decent game under his belt this season.

Mohamed Salah – 9.5/10

Salah was brilliant in this tie as he scored from a Roberto Firmino shot in the first half. His second goal was like he was back to his best as he dribbled and shot well despite getting clipped, and the third was incredible. The old Salah is back!

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7.5/10

Shaqiri often dropped deep to pick the ball up and help create an attack. He didn’t have much luck in front of goal but this was a decent showing.

Roberto Firmino – 8/10

A much better outing this time around too. Firmino’s saved shot helped Salah open the scoring, and he looked bright in the attack too.

Substitutes

Adam Lallana – 6/10

The Englishman had some nice flicks but was busted open and had to be patched up late in the game.

Sadio Mane – 6/10

It was great seeing Mane back in the team and we should see him play against Napoli.

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Jordan Henderson – NA

Came on late in the game.

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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.

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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.

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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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