Liverpool ensured they will be the Premier League’s Christmas number one by beating Wolves 2-0 at Molineux on Friday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side produced an impressive performance over the course of the 90 minutes, securing all three points thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk either side of half-time.
Van Dijk was responsible for a masterful performance at the heart of Liverpool’s defence and even netted his first Premier League goal for the Reds midway through the second half.
Liverpool now temporarily find themselves four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
However, Pep Guardiola’s side will reduce the deficit back to one point if they defeat Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
While Van Dijk was Man of the Match in the eyes of most Liverpool fans - and deservedly so - there was also a lot of praise reserved for the much-maligned Jordan Henderson.
The midfielder produced a superb performance in the middle of the park, showing exactly why he’s regularly selected by his manager.
Henderson was interviewed by Sky Sports after the match and was involved in a funny little exchange with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.
Asked about Van Dijk by Gary Neville, Henderson said: “He’s unreal, to be fair.”
Carragher then said: “Better than me?”
Henderson couldn’t resist burning Carragher, responding: “Just a little bit!”
They all then cracked up laughing.
Watch the video here…
While Carragher was a terrific defender for the Merseyside outfit, Van Dijk looks in a class of his own right now.
More and more football fans now regard the Dutchman as the world’s best centre-back, while the £75 million Liverpool paid Southampton almost 12 months ago now looks a bargain.
Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool broke their transfer record for Van Dijk, but he’s been worth every penny.
Kenny Dalglish, however, said on Sky Sports before the Wolves game that Van Dijk is currently “just behind Carra”.
Give it another few seasons, though, and there’s every chance that Van Dijk will be regarded as one of the best defenders in Liverpool’s history if he continues producing imperious performances on a weekly basis.