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

Dec 24, 2018, 01:25
Wayne Rooney claims Virgil van Dijk has turned Liverpool into title challengers

The more leaders we have got on the park the better as far as I'm concerned.

"I don't know how much any team needs this season but everybody asks me about the situation and says that the last four times the team that was top at Christmas won the league".

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool is now flying high in the Premier League as they sit at the summit of the English top division league with 45 points after 17 games.

James Milner drew one save from Patricio with a left-footed piledriver before Wolves did begin to grow back into the game towards the end of the half, with Jonny Castro testing Alisson with a low strike which the keeper held well in the hard conditions. There were a couple of moments where Wolves were risky, but we dealt with them well.

The left-back, as quoted by the Evening Standard, spoke to the Reds' official club website after the team came away from Molineux with a 2-0 victory in the Premier League.

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Goals by Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk were enough to take Liverpool four points clear of champions Manchester City who face Crystal Palace on Saturday. The heavy rain was hard for both teams tonight.

"Both goals really were nothing to do with what we did in the game". We didn't maintain the consistency through the game.

"We have Manchester City waiting and that will be really tough for the boys".

"Good game, deserved win at a hard place".

The players will train on Christmas Day before travelling down to London ahead of their game against lowly Fulham on Boxing Day.

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Van Dijk has gone a long way to marshalling a Liverpool defence which was in desperate need of a commanding centre-half and, with the summer acquisition of Alisson Becker, has been integral to the 11 clean sheets kept this campaign.

After a slow start where he couldn't force his way into the starting XI, the Brazilian midfielder is now a regular in the team and proved his importance once again on Friday night.

"We know how to grind games out, we know how to keep it tight, especially with our midfield in front of us".

"Wolves are very good, which they have shown all season".

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