Liverpool captain Henderson: Van Dijk and Alisson transforming us

Virgil van Dijk revealed he played through illness to help Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 in Friday's Premier League clash at Molineux.

Chelsea were champions under Antonio Conte in 2016-17 but finished fifth last term and therefore missed out on a place in this season's Champions League. "Such a hard game to play, because all the things we want to do, everything you usually do, you take a bit of a risk". "He is in a good moment and very important for us and hopefully it can stay like this", said Klopp, when asked about Van Dijk's form and influence on the team.

He said: "If you want to do the headline "Klopp says we need 105 points to win the title" then do it".

"We know we are good".

"It's not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen".

The "goals against" column also makes good reading for Liverpool, who have conceded a mere seven goals, six fewer than title rivals Manchester City.

Despite feeling under the weather, Van Dijk made himself available for the match to ease Jurgen Klopp's defensive crisis, with Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold all out injured for the start of the busy festive period. "We need to have different gameplans, but the boys showed they are ready for that". "We take it game by game".

"Good game, deserved win at a hard place".

The Reds ensured they will be top of the Premier League at Christmas with a 2-0 victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Van Dijk has been a key cog in the Liverpool defence this season and has started in all 18 league games for Reds.

A fine move from Wolves nearly brought the opening goal when Conor Coady's superb pass and Doherty's neat touch release Romain Saiss, whose shot was well saved by Alisson after it had taken a deflection off Dejan Lovren.

Defender Virgil Van Dijk then added another in the second-half and completed a professional performance. Liverpool had been sloppy at the back, Alisson getting lucky after he was nearly robbed by Raul Jimenez, and Matt Doherty tested the goalkeeper as Wolves searched for a leveller.

  • Rosalie Stanley