Venue – Anfield, Liverpool
Referee – Craig Pawson
Date & Time – Sunday, December 6th @ 19:15
Current Odds – Liverpool 1/2, Draw 10/3, Wolves 11/2
Sunday night, Liverpool embark on a 13-day stretch where they will play five competitive fixtures. So, how many injuries do we expect to have by Christmas? All we can do is hope The Reds get through this hectic period without taking too much damage, either in terms of results or by adding to the already-at-capacity injury list.
Liverpool also have the small matter of protecting their unbeaten record at Anfield in the Premier League. A win on Sunday night will at least keep The Reds level on points with Spurs, depending on how Jose Mourinho’s side fares in the north London derby against Arsenal, earlier in the day.
Buckle up and get ready for another mad Winter schedule, Reds. One thing we’ve learned is to never write off Jürgen Klopp’s Redmen.
Liverpool have won just two of their last five competitive games (against Leicester and Ajax). Tuesday night’s Champions League win against Ajax, however, showed how a patched-up first eleven under Jürgen Klopp could still go toe-to-toe with a strong European side and win.
The Reds are currently second in the Premier League, just behind Spurs on goal difference. Klopp’s men haven’t lost at Anfield in the league since April 23rd 2017.
Wolves are just off the back of an excellent 2-1 win at Arsenal last weekend. Unfortunately, they did lose striker Raúl Jiménez to a bad head injury after his clash with David Luiz.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s team has lost three times in their 10 league games so far and are currently 7th in the table with 11 goals for and 11 against.
Liverpool Team News
Deep breath first… okay, the Liverpool injury list currently consists of the following names: Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcântara, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson are also just short of full fitness but will most likely be starting this game anyway.
Jurgen Klopp made a big statement by picking Irishman Caoimhin Kelleher to face Ajax on Tuesday night. It paid off and now the 22-year-old looks likely to continue between the sticks for The Reds this Sunday night.
Neco Williams will probably continue at right-back in the absence of both Alexander-Arnold and Milner. Joel Matip and Fabinho should again form the central-defensive partnership with Robertson continuing at left-back. Klopp will probably rest Matip and Robertson for the following game – the dead rubber – in Denmark against FC Midtjylland, next Wednesday.
Liverpool could again line out in the 4-2-3-1 formation with Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum in midfield.
Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané should form the line of three supporting the out-and-out striker Mohamed Salah.
Wolves Team News
Raúl Jiménez, Romain Saïss and Jonny are all missing for Wolves this weekend. Jiménez sustained a skull fracture in his sides 2-1 win at Arsenal last weekend. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.
Nuno Espírito Santo has changed to a 4-2-3-1 shape with Wolves these days.
Former Barcelona man Nélson Semedo will be at right-back while Fernando Marçal should start on the left of the back four. Willy Boly and Conor Coady will be the centre-halves for Wolves.
Adama Traoré could cause problems for Andy Robertson down that side while Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence are also intelligent players who can pick out a pass.
Fábio Silva, 18, is likely to lead the line for Wolves with Jiménez out injured. Despite the unfortunate circumstances of Jiménez’s injury, it’s a huge opportunity for Silva to get a prolonged run in the starting eleven.
Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Kelleher; Williams N, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Jota, Firmino, Mané; Salah
Wolves XI (5-4-1) – Patrício; Semedo, Boly, Coady, Marçal; Dendoncker, Moutinho; Traoré, Podence, Neto; Silva
WHEN THEY LAST MET
Liverpool are currently on a seven-game winning streak over Wolves in the Premier League. Wolves did manage two FA Cup victories over The Reds in recent years but haven’t beaten Liverpool in a league game since December 2010.
Last season, Liverpool won this fixture 1-0 thanks to a Sadio Mané goal just before half time.
LIVERPOOL 2 – 1 WOLVES
Liverpool showed more of the grit and determination they’ve become renowned for under Jurgen Klopp by beating Ajax on Tuesday night. They’ll certainly need more of that for this game as Wolves are no pushovers, as they showed last week, winning 2-1 at Arsenal.
I think The Reds will have enough to see Wolves off on the day. I’d love to see Caoimhin Kelleher and Neco Williams keep another clean sheet but Wolves could well bag a goal.
Liverpool to win, just…