Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves showed lack of focus in Liverpool loss

Posted December 23, 2018

Virgil van Dijk put the game to bed with a second-half goal and Liverpool are now four points clear of City ahead of their fixture against Crystal Palace later on Saturday.

"Forty-eight points before Christmas, it's just insane, but there are other teams there as well", said the Liverpool manager, whose side's lead will be cut back to one if Manchester City win at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

He said: "There's a long way to go yet". Today only a couple of moments were unsafe'.

"I'm not so happy with the way we conceded but I'm proud of the work of the boys and we keep going".

Wolves had not lost in matches against Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal having also upset Chelsea at Molineux and will feel they deserved something. "One of the most hard games of the season and we won it".

Van Dijk was signed by Liverpool from Southampton for a reported £75million in January, putting him under pressure to deliver.

Liverpool's win against Wolves was also their 11th clean sheet of the season, the highest in the league so far this term.

Liverpool clinched the points when Salah's dipping centre from the right was finished brilliantly by a stretching Van Dijk, and although Georginio Wijnaldum shot wide in stoppage time the Reds still piled pressure on champions City.

"Was it a penalty or not, because he had a proper cut on the foot and everyone said 'diver"! but you don't get a cut form a dive I would say.

"But these nights are very important for us and we won here".

"All my [defensive] partners are very good and it is a joy to play with all of them".

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

Wolves, without Diogo Jota due to a hamstring injury, threatened throughout but two of their best chances came in the first 10 minutes and Traore failed to test Alisson with either effort.

Nuno Espirito Santo was frustrated by a "lack of focus" from Wolves as they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool on Friday Night Football. So we are not going to start planning the party for the summer now. We thought before the game that could be decisive, we analysed and saw we would not have six, seven, eight chances. "We are consistent, but the table doesn't mean anything".