After what feels like an age, Liverpool are once again taking centre stage, aiming to maintain their pristine start to the 2023/24 Premier League season. As they prepare to face Wolves, we delve into the latest updates, key stats, and interesting tidbits to get you prepped for the big game.
Liverpool’s Intrepid International Icons
Fresh from the international break, Liverpool’s star-studded lineup returns from various corners of the globe. The Reds have shone early this season, taking third place with a single point keeping them away from Manchester City’s top spot. Even during the break, there was no stopping Liverpool’s finest:
- Cody Gakpo: His double goals are making headlines.
- Diogo Jota: Contributed to Portugal’s crushing 9-0 victory against Luxembourg.
- Dominik Szoboszlai: Mesmerised fans with his impeccable passing.
- Wataru Endo: Played a pivotal role in a historic win in Germany.
With their eyes set on Saturday’s clash, the players are bursting with energy for the upcoming away trip.
Journey through Time: Liverpool vs Wolves
Historically, the 114 matches between Liverpool and Wolves have been a rollercoaster. With Liverpool taking victory in 59, drawing in 18, and tasting defeat in 37, it’s always a spectacle.
The last ten clashes have seen the Reds’ dominance, winning eight times. Yet, memories of Klopp’s previous visit to Molineux linger, as Wolves triumphed with a 3-0 scoreline. Despite their recent form divergence, both teams carry the weight of their storied pasts into this fixture.
Where to Catch the Action
- UK Enthusiasts: Tune in to TNT Sports, the successor of BT Sports.
- European Fans: DAZN’s got you covered.
- Across the Pond: USA Network, NBC Sports, and Universo are your go-to channels.
Officiating the Face-Off
Overseeing the clash will be Michael Oliver, supported by assistants Stuart Burt and Dan Cook. With Tim Robinson as the fourth official, VAR duties fall to Paul Tierney and his aide, Mark Scholes.
Liverpool’s Line-Up Lowdown
Uncertainty clouds the Liverpool camp:
- Virgil van Dijk: The captain will be absent, facing both a ban and a hefty fine after his recent red card.
- Trent Alexander-Arnold & Ibrahima Konate: Injury concerns abound; their participation remains a mystery.
- Kostas Tsimikas: Missed Greece’s recent fixture, but, thankfully for Reds’ fans, due to a humorous administrative error, not an injury.
With multiple injuries, Liverpool might enter with a limited first-team defence. However, there’s a silver lining – Ryan Gravenberch could be making his much-anticipated debut. But, with the South American players rejoining late, some might be benched.
Wolves’ Roster Rundown
All seems calm in the Wolves camp with no new injury woes. Gary O’Neil’s squad is primed to host Liverpool. But a summer exodus, including departures like Conor Coady and Ruben Neves, means this Wolves side has a point to prove.