Virgil van Dijk warns Reds against complacency over festive period

City can reduce the gap back to a point with a win over Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium later on Saturday, but Juergen Klopp's unbeaten side will now enjoy their Christmas dinner perched in first place. "It is up there, to have 48 points mid December is just insane". So we are not going to start planning the party for the summer now.

"They are really, really, really good".

"We need to have different game plans but the boys showed they are ready for that".

The Netherlands global has always had an eye for goal - he scored on his debut for Liverpool last season, for example - but this was his first of the season for the club in any competition.

"I don't think that way about us, to be honest with you, because I see us every day, every week, and I know we have to work on that".

The gap between Germany's giants, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern, in the Bundesliga has been cut to six points following Dortmund's first defeat of the season, but winning a seventh consecutive league title looks likely to be Bayern's toughest assignment yet domestically.

"In some hard times we kept the ball and sometimes we showed, like the boss said, this matureness and this readiness again when we lose the ball to be there and to stay hungry to the end of the game because we know what we are playing for".

"The start of the second half is not good".

"We don't really have options", Klopp told a press conference.

"We won, deserved, and Virg played a proper part in that". "We are consistent - the table doesn't mean anything". We have to rest now. I love the boy, but the two in front of him [Fabinho and Jordan Henderson], what they have to cover, they have to run much more to make life halfway comfortable for the centre-halves, so they did well.

He needed to save from Romain Saiss and Matt Doherty in a first half where Wolves put the visitors under pressure.

Capitalising on some neat build up play from Fabinho and Sadio Mane, the Egyptian met the former's cross with the deftest flick of his boot.

Virgil van Dijk then made it 2-nil in the 68th minute as he tapped the ball into the net from Mo Salah's cross.

The Reds pushed for a second and Rui Patricio saved well from James Milner but there were chances for Wolves, too, with Alisson forced to save from Jonny Castro Otto.

  • Stacy Allen