Analysis: Reds romp to stunning victory
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Fans got a glimpse of Liverpool as champions for the first time in 30 years on Sunday and were entertained by a convincing 4-0 defeat of Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves

Mohammed Salah was able to clinically punish a Conor Coady defensive mishap just 25 minutes in.

Goals from the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and a Nelson Semedo own goal in the second period helped Liverpool on their way to their biggest league win of the season.

Some rare good news in terms of those sidelined saw the return of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita, finally clearing some space on a rather extensive injury list.

  • King returns to the throne

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A goal, an assist and a five-star performance will do just nicely for Mohammed Salah.

The winger at times looked unstoppable when attacking the right flank as his aforementioned returns, if anything, undervalued his overall contribution.

This was by far Salah's best appearance since the international break and coronavirus diagnosis; getting the ball rolling by striking across Rui Patricio and into the net after snatching the ball from a clumsy Conor Coady on the edge of the area. 

The goal ended a three-game dry spell, and he could have had another but he refrained his boot from Trent Alexander-Arnold's wicked cross, and the ball was eventually scrambled home by Nelson Semedo.

Along with some adept passing with the outside of the boot, arguably the Egyptian's crowning moment resulted not in a goal, but rapturous applause after a mazy solo move that tricked multiple defenders, coming to an abrupt conclusion when Salah's claims for a spot-kick were dismissed.

  • Stockley Park drama

The Reds have fallen victim to an inglorious seven overturned decisions via the Video Assistant Referee this campaign alone.

Sunday, nonetheless, was a welcome correction for Jurgen Klopp and co. after Conor Coady looked to have been brought down by Sadio Mane in the area.

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Craig Pawson went to the video monitor and rightly noticed that the winger executed a rather expert last-ditch retreat of his boot and made no such contact, potentially altering the course of the game.

Pawson did however spare Coady's evening from going bad to worse by not distributing a yellow card to the former Red for the dive. 

  • Second half procession

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Starting out as the midfield anchor, Gini Wijnaldum was able to briefly possess some of his international goal scoring exploits in what was his seventh game in 22 days. 

In a form of compensation for his work ethic of late, a counter initiated by Jordan Henderson was completed with an excellently placed strike, with the visitors' defence at sixes and sevens.

Joel Matip was then able to get on the end of Mo Salah's gorgeously weighted ball after a corner kick routine. 

The cross put it on a plate for the big Cameroonian and epitomised how professionally and frankly, under the radar the two involved went about their business on the night. 

Nelson Semedo, after being caught out of position for Liverpool's second, couldn't help but turn home a primed Alexander-Arnold cross to cap off an arduous 90 minutes for the summer acquisition.

  • Supporting cast

Well, you would be hard-pressed to identify those who didn't put in a solid performance for the Redmen.

Mane rightly remained the centre of attention throughout and was unlucky to not walk away with at least another goal to his tally of four this term.

The Senegalese star's delicate touch and venomous hit begged for the ball to be directed anywhere but straight into the breadbasket of Patricio, while conventional one-touch build-up play with Salah and Robertson eventually led to a ball that fell a stride in front of Mane, who couldn't strike home.

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Ever-present defensive stars such as Fabinho and Andy Robertson did all that was asked of them and more, such is their level of performance of late which seldom dips below the standards set by Liverpool's first-choice backline.

Caoimhin Kelleher's distribution of the ball was impressively very much in a similar vein to that of number one Alisson. This, combined with the youngster's presence in the box on crosses, resulted in yet another game with no complaints.

Kelleher was tested early on, moving to snuff out a clever chipped effort from Daniel Podence and win acclaim from the crowd.

  • Signs of things to come

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Now unbeaten in their last five league games against Wolves, Liverpool finally enjoyed the rub of the green with more reinforcements added and a kind week ahead.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita took to the field in the games closing stages, and in typical fashion, the former turned provider with a sumptuous cross for Semedo's blunder that truly allowed the fans to welcome back the young Scouser in the team.

Looking ahead, a throwaway tie against Midtjylland in midweek, after securing progression to the next stage of the Champions League, combined with a trip to 17th-placed Fulham, looks likely to give the squad a much-needed rest ahead of the visit of league leaders Tottenham.

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