Liverpool 4-0 Wolves: Player Ratings as Reds Stroll to Easy Win on Fans' Return to Anfield

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Dec 6, 2020, 10:30 PM GMT
Liverpool welcomed fans back to Anfield with a 4-0 win
Liverpool welcomed fans back to Anfield with a 4-0 win | Pool/Getty Images
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Liverpool stretched their unbeaten home run in the Premier League to 65 games, strolling to a 4-0 win over Wolves at Anfield.

After an even start, the hosts took the lead when Conor Coady's poor error was seized upon by Mohamed Salah, who produced a clinical finish.

Just before the break, Wolves were awarded a penalty with Sadio Mane adjudged to have caught Coady in the box - only for Craig Pawson to overturned his decision following a VAR check.

Just before the hour mark, Liverpool doubled their lead when Georginio Wijnaldum bent a fine effort into the top corner. The Reds then grabbed a third with Joel Matip nodding home Salah's pinpoint cross.

Just over 10 minutes from time, Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross was turned into his own net by Nelson Semedo to add some gloss to the scoreline.

Here are your Wolves and Liverpool player ratings from Anfield...

LIVERPOOL

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Robertson was in fine form
Robertson was in fine form | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Caoimhin Kelleher (GK) - 7/10 - Made one fine save in the first half, scrambling to keep out Podence's cute chip.

Neco Williams (RB) - 7/10 - Did not put a foot wrong before being replaced by the returning Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Joel Matip (CB) - 8/10 - Scored his first goal in well over a year, meeting Salah's cross with a bullet header. Also defended stoically.

Fabinho (CB) - 7/10 - Faultless display once again. He continues to look unfazed, despite playing in an unfamiliar role.

Andrew Robertson (LB) - 8/10 - Ran Wolves' ragged in the first half, doubling up with Mane very well. Where does he get all this energy?

2. Midfielders

Wijnaldum scored his first goal of the season
Wijnaldum scored his first goal of the season | Pool/Getty Images

Jordan Henderson (CM) - 7/10 - Kept things ticking over in midfield, registering more touches than anyone else on the pitch before being replaced.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) - 8/10 - His first goal of the season was a spectacular one.

Curtis Jones (CM) - 7/10 - Showed intelligence throughout, covering for his full-backs and choosing his moments to drive forward.

3. Forwards

Salah opened the scoring in the first half
Salah opened the scoring in the first half | Pool/Getty Images

Mohamed Salah (RW) - 9/10 - Typically composed finish to open the scoring. Also provided a pinpoint cross for Matip's goal.

Roberto Firmino (ST) - 7/10 - Toyed with the Wolves backline in the first half, completing two nutmegs. Looked full of confidence. His goal against Leicester a few weeks back is clearly working wonders.

Sadio Mane (LW) - 8/10 - Did not give Nelson Semedo a moments rest. His torment of the Portugal international was summed up when he forced him him into scoring an own goal late on.

4. Substitutes

Alexander-Arnold returned from injury
Alexander-Arnold returned from injury | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7/10 - Liverpool fans will be delighted to see him back. Laid on an incredible ball which led to the Reds' fourth goal.

Diogo Jota - 6/10 - Kept himself busy when he came on.

Naby Keita - 6/10 - Continued his recovery with a brief second half cameo.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Patricio had an evening to forget
Patricio had an evening to forget | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Rui Patricio (GK) - 5/10 - A busy evening between the sticks. Not a lot he could do about any of the goals, particularly Wijnaldum's.

Nelson Semedo (RB) - 5/10 - Had the unenviable task of keeping a rampant Mane at bay. He did okay at times but largely came off second best, commiting three fouls. Own goal was unfortunate.

Willy Boly (CB) - 6/10 - Bravely took a Mane effort straight in the face early on. Struggled to track the runs of Firmino but did make four tackles.

Conor Coady (CB) - 5/10 - His poor error led to the Reds' first goal. Always made up for it by winning a penalty - only for VAR to intervene.

Marcal (LB) - 6/10 - Defended pretty well all things considered, making three interceptions and a few tackles to boot.

6. Midfielders

Neves failed to influence the game
Neves failed to influence the game | Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images

Leander Dendoncker (CM) - 5/10 - Threatened with some late surges into the box early on but seriously faded as things wore on.

Ruben Neves (CM) - 5/10 - Struggled to gain an foothold before being replaced by Fabio Silva soon after Liverpool's second goal.

Joao Moutinho (CM) - 5/10 - Neat and tidy in possession but struggled to contain the Reds midfield without the ball.

7. Forwards

Podence had a frustrating evening
Podence had a frustrating evening | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Adama Traore (RW) - 5/10 - Threatened sporadically with his pace but was mainly a passenger.

Daniel Podence (ST) - 6/10 - So nearly opened the scoring with a delicious chip early on. Lead the line as well as he could in Jimenez's absence.

Pedro Neto (LW) - 5/10 - Drifted in and out of the game. Will be disappointed not to have more of an impact.

8. Substitutes

Fabio Silva had a quiet game
Fabio Silva had a quiet game | JON SUPER/Getty Images

Fabio Silva - 5/10 - Did nothing after coming on.

Rayan Ait Nouri - 6/10 - Forced a save out of Kelleher in the closing stages.

Vitinha - N/A

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