Liverpool 4-0 Wolves: Player Ratings from commanding Reds win as fans return to Anfield

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Liverpool beat Wolves 4-0 in the Premier League, as fans made their return to Anfield, for the first time in nine months. The 2000 that were inside the Reds’ fortress saw a dominant display.

The Reds got some help for the first goal, as Conor Coady miscontrolled a long ball from Jordan Henderson, for Mohamed Salah to pounce and belt a finish past Rui Patricio. Henderson got himself an assist for the second Liverpool goal on the night, after he found Gini Wijnaldum, only for the Dutchman to find a sensational finish.

Joel Matip scored a header from close range, after a superb Salah cross, and then the rout was completed by a Nelson Semedo own-goal, which was as a result of a sensational Trent Alexander-Arnold cross just about 10 minutes after his return from injury.

Here’s how the Reds fared on a terrific night at Anfield.

Caoimhin Kelleher – 7/10

His Premier League debut was just as memorable as the Champions League one a couple of days ago. He kept out a Podence chip in the first half, and denied Ait-Nouri in the second half with a superb reaction save. Distribution was top class again.

Neco Williams – 7/10

The young man was walking a tightrope after getting booked in the third minute, but he walked it well. Wolves might have felt like they should’ve attacked him more, but he dealt well with what was thrown at him, which frankly, wasn’t a lot.

Joel Matip – 8/10

Immense. Didn’t put a foot wrong defensively. Also scored a goal at the Kop end. Also gave the meme-makers some priceless content. Good day’s work for Joel.

Fabinho – 8/10

Just before Wijnaldum scored the Reds’ second goal, Fabinho made a critical intervention to deny Coady a chance to equalise for Wolves. His reading of play from centre-back was magnificent.

Andy Robertson – 6/10

That engine on him! He just kept going on and on, and produced a couple of superb crosses into the box, in addition to dealing with Traore as well as Traore could be dealt with.

Gini Wijnaldum – 9/10

Machine! There aren’t enough words left to praise Wijnaldum and his importance to this Liverpool team. His goal was a beautifully taken one, with superb technique to control the strike, and put it past Patricio and in the corner.

Jordan Henderson – 9/10

The skipper was outstanding once again at Anfield. He controlled the tempo superbly, provided adequate cover for Williams, and his forward passing was expansive and mostly precise.

Curtis Jones – 7/10

After scoring his first Champions League goal in midweek, Jones produced another excellent midfield performance. His quality on the ball was excellent, but he produced the work-rate to match that too, and made some important recoveries.

Mohamed Salah – 8/10

Punished Coady for the mistake with an unerring finish. Then went on to produce an absolute dream of a cross that invited Matip to run onto it and power a header past Patricio.

Sadio Mane – 6/10

VAR bailed him out after the referee wrongly gave a penalty against him. It was frankly miraculous that he managed to pull out of an overhead kick while he was mid-air. He gave Semedo a torrid evening when he dribbled forward with the ball.

Roberto Firmino – 6/10

No goals or assists, but some of the old Hollywood Firmino Football was on show. There was one pass to Mane in particular in the first half from his own half, which showed that Firmino was tuned in to the rhythm of the game.


Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

It took him about ten minutes after coming on to create his first chance of the game, with a sensational cross towards Mane, that went in off Semedo eventually.

Diogo Jota – 6/10

His Anfield scoring streak has ended, but he’ll be better for the rest he got in this game.

Naby Keita – N/A

Came on for the last 10 minutes to mark his return from injury.

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