Jurgen Klopp will not admit it, certainly not at this stage, but he has got something wrong and would be wise to address it.
Asked, on the eve of a trip to the Black Country, who was the biggest threat to Manchester City, Liverpool’s manager said it was Manchester City. No it isn’t. The whole country knows it is Liverpool now, especially after passing this latest assignment.
Liverpool, thanks to goals either side of half-time from Mohamed Salah and the magnificent Virgil van Dijk, will be top of the table on Christmas Day regardless of what Pep Guardiola’s side do to Crystal Palace this weekend.
Immediately they had confidence. What is the point of sitting back and trying to contain Liverpool? Nuno Espirito Santo had no inclination to be passive and he was picture of arm-waving amination, demanding his players be brave and attack.
That is what they did. The next moment arrived in the 10th minute when a long ball out from Ryan Bennett saw Raul Jiminez display some glorious close control on the halfway line to usher Adama on his way once more but, again, there was no end product as he fired wide.
The third big chance came in the 14th minute when a flowing move culminated with Matt Doherty slipping Romain Saiss into the area but the shot lacked the direction and power to trouble Alisson Becker. Nuno clasped his head in frustration yet his despair was about to be exacerbated.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-1-2): Rui Patricio 6; Bennett 7, Coady (c) 7, Boly 6; Doherty 7, Saiss 7, Neves 6, Jonny 6 (Vinagre 81); Moutinho 6 (Gibbs-White 63, 6); Jimenez 7, Traore 7 (Cavaleiro 63, 6)
Substitutes not used: Ruddy (GK); Costa, Dendoncker, Bonatini
Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo 6
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Alisson 7; Milner 7, Lovren 7, Van Dijk 8.5, Robertson 7; Henderson (c) 7, Fabinho 7; Mane 6.5 (Clyne 87), Firmino 6 (Wijnaldum 76), Keita 6 (Lallana 58); Salah 7
Substitutes not used: Mignolet (GK); Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi
Manager: Jurgen Klopp 7
Scorers: Salah 18; Van Dijk 68
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) 7
Man of the Match: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)