• Liverpool defeated Wolves 1-0 at home
  • Sadio Mane scored the winner
  • A VAR controversy once again struck Liverpool's match in Premier League

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted that he was surprised to see Sadio Mane’s goal was initially ruled out before The Reds defeated Wolves 1-0 Sunday.

Mane’s first-half goal was enough to earn Liverpool three more points as they are 13 points clear on the top in the Premier League table.

The on-field referee and Wolves players believed that Liverpool defender Adam Lallana used his arm before Mane stuck it past Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio in the 42nd minute. However, after a lengthy VAR check, the goal was given to the hosts.

Toward the end of the first half, an equalizer from Wolves was ruled out by VAR for offside.

Speaking about the VAR controversies after the match ended at Anfield, Klopp said, "Then we scored the goal and I think Nuno [Espírito Santo] wasn't happy with the VAR procedure. What can we say about the decision? For me, I was surprised when the whistle came for the handball. I thought it was a clear shoulder from the first second. But how can you be sure? So it took a while.”

“After three minutes the decision was done. I saw immediately this kind of relief for a second, we are human beings so that's normal. But the next long ball we weren't there for the second ball, Adam makes a foul. Free-kick, corner, goal."

"It didn't count obviously but it brought the momentum to their side. They were really aggressive and really angry with us as well, we had nothing to do with that situation but sometimes that's how it happens. They came out of their dressing room I'd imagine what Nuno said at half-time, everybody is against us so let's fight back. Easy motivation,” the German manager told reporters after Liverpool’s 50th straight Premier League win at Anfield.

Sadio Mane (left) celebrates the only goal as Liverpool beat Wolves 1-0
Sadio Mane (left) celebrates the only goal as Liverpool beat Wolves 1-0 AFP / Paul ELLIS

The victory against Wolves meant, Liverpool have won all but one of their nine matches in all competitions across December and Klopp couldn’t have been happier with the effort his boys have been putting in but he also realizes that the job has not been done yet.

“Who cares about points in December? We just created a basis which we will work with from now on, that’s all. We are halfway there. We still have 19 games to play and probably 18 or 19 of them will be like this tonight, for different reasons. We will now face teams who fight for the league with all they have, then the fight for the Champions League and European spots is reopened again so they will fight with all they have and we have to be ready,” Klopp added.