Virgil van Dijk denies handling the ball before Mane's goal against Wolves

Virgil van Dijk denies handling the ball before Mane's goal against Wolves

- Virgil van Dijk denies handling the ball in the build-up to Sadio Mane's goal

- Liverpool beat Wolves 1-0 in their last Premier League match in 2019

- The Dutchman after the match also showered praises on their visitors

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has denied handling the ball in the build-up to Sadio Mane's goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last 2019 clash.

The Reds wrapped the outgoing year up with a slim victory over Wolves in a match that was marred with so many controversies as reported by the Mirror.

Referee Anthony Taylor had ruled Mane's goal out saying Adam Lallana handled the ball but a review by VAR allowed the goal to stand.

Jurgen Klopp's men maintained their 14 points gap over defending champions Manchester City who are third on the table with 41 points after 20 matches.

The Merseyside outfit has played one match less than other teams so far this campaign despite winning 18 and drawing one of their last 19 games.

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Wolves believe Van Dijk handled the ball before throwing that long pass which found Lallana in the first place, after which his teammate smashed the ball into the bottom corner of the post.

Nuno Espírito Santo's men got angrier after Pedro Neto's equaliser was cancelled by VAR shortly before half-time. It was claimed that Jonny had been found slightly offside in the buildup.

When asked by Sky Sports about the handball incident, Van Dijk said: "I need to see it back. I can't remember it,"

"I heard from you guys about handball. I thought it was complaints about the handball for Adam Lallana. The game is over. What can we do? The goal stood."

The Dutchman added: "Wolves are a fantastic side who play good football and you have to give them credit because it was going to be difficult. Today was going to be the same,"

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"We want to keep continuing what we are doing and we will see where we are at the end of the road where were can be.

"We feel we can improve but cannot complain about where are. 2019 was promising and hopefully, we can keep it going and enjoy the ride."

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Liverpool kick off the new year when they welcome Sheffield United to Anfield as they hope to continue their unbeaten run in the Premier League this season.

They will also hope to end their almost three decades wait for the English topflight title having missed out narrowly last campaign.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Liverpool moved 13 points clear in the Premier League after a 1-0 win against Wolves at Anfield stadium on Sunday, December 29.

Sadio Mane scored the only goal of the game in the 42nd minute from a Lallana assist.

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Mane's goal was initially ruled out for handball but VAR was called into the frame, as the technology correctly overturned the Senegalese's disallowed goal, after Anthony Taylor had wrongly deemed that Adam Lallana handled the ball.

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