Wolves 1 Liverpool 3
Liverpool are a team in transition but the so-called ‘old guard’ are leading the way for the young bloods.
On Saturday at Molineux, manager Jurgen Klopp was without his captain Virgil Van Dijk and vice-skipper Trent Alexander-Arnold through suspension and injury respectively. It needed another experienced hand to set an example.
Step forward Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian forward has put all the talk of a move to Saudi Arabia behind him to once again be a player of such importance to Klopp that it’s impossible to see this team functioning as efficiently without him.
The 31-year-old set up the Reds’ first two goals and only the boot of Wolves' sub Hugo Bueno diverting in Harvey Elliott’s shot prevented him claiming a hat-trick of assists.
It was the 11th game in a row that Salah has been involved in a goal for Liverpool, taking that tally to 201 – 139 goals and 62 assists – in the Premier League. Steven Gerrard is the only other player to have broken the 200 barrier for the club.
It’s almost as if the departures of Sadio Mane and Robert Firmino have allowed an unselfish area of Salah’s game to flourish.
At 20, midfielder Elliott says learning from Salah is the stuff of dreams.
“His creativity is out of this world and I don’t think it’s appreciated by people as much as it should be,” said Elliott. “It’s not hard to see why he’s one of the best in the world. It’s a dream to play with him and learn from him. You see it in training. It might surprise the public because they see him for his goals but he’s up there. He’s so hard to defend against.
“We see it week-in, week-out with Mo – he’s unbelievable, as a player and a guy. Not only does he have the finishing ability, he’s the same with his creativity.Read on irishexaminer.com