Wayne Rooney claims Virgil van Dijk has turned Liverpool into title challengers


Jurgen Klopp's side are four points clear at the top of the table after Manchester City slipped to a surprise defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The hosts have taken points off Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United already this season, but they looked short of ideas in the second half and Liverpool nearly added a third when Patricio thwarted Salah from a tight angle before Mane nodded off target from the resulting corner.

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

Klopp claimed this week that the only team that can stop Guardiola's men from defending their title are City themselves.

"Everybody asks me about the situation, first in the table and all that stuff and that the last four times a team was first in the table at Christmas they won the league, but was it ever such a tight race?"

"Forty-eight points before Christmas, it's just insane, but there are other teams there as well", said the Liverpool manager, whose side's lead will be cut back to one if Manchester City win at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

"So far, it looks like a real special season - honestly", the Liverpool manager said. "It is up there, to have 48 points mid December is just insane".

In front of the highest Molineux crowd since 1981 - 31, 358 - Wolves gave the Reds a scare but ultimately fell short after Van Dijk added a second with 20 minutes left.

He needed to save from Romain Saiss and Matt Doherty in a first half where Wolves put the visitors under pressure. He can pass the ball, Calm as you like, He's Virgil Van Dijk, Virgil Van Dijk!

"It was clear that the whole game would be hard", Klopp said to BBC Sport after Salah starred at a wet Molineux.

"I think we have had a good relationship, we work together. Virg is the player we saw in him, so that's cool".

Wolves next travel to Fulham on Boxing Day, live on Sky Sports.

"The boys showed they are ready for these hard games", he said. We lost the ball too easily a couple of times in the first half and they did well.

"We started the game well, chances for both teams".

Robertson went on to explain how the array of "leaders" throughout Jürgen Klopp's team is helping their bid for the top-flight title.