Wolves vs Liverpool – Team News, Predicted XI & Preview
Only couple of weeks on from defeating West Midlands counterparts in FA Cup, Liverpool are ready to travel back to Molineux once again to meet Wolverhampton Wanderers in Saturday’s Premier League match.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side will be very much ready for this match as they saw the defense of their FA Cup crown end at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend, the Reds will be looking for a comeback at the Molineux stadium.
Wolverhampton vs Liverpool: Preview
The Reds have won each of their last 11 Premier League games against Wolves while in their league history, they’ve only won more consecutively against West Bromwich Albion.
In the last three away games of the Merseyside giants in Molineux, The Reds have had 1-0 victories. This includes a FA Cup match last month.
Julen Lopetegui’s side were the latest victim of Erling Braut Haaland. The Man City number 9 scored a hat-trick against Wolves. The Norwegian took 40 minutes to head home the opening goal of the contest, and he completed his fourth treble of the season early in the second half, crashing home a penalty before tapping home to round off the scoring with 54 minutes on the clock.
Reds are currently out of the EFL and FA Cup. Now the Merseyside club is entirely focusing on the Premier League and Champions League. Liverpool are on a miserable three-game winless run in the top flight leaves them mired in mid-table. They are currently sitting in ninth place and 10 points off the top four, with a game in hand on Newcastle United and Manchester United.
The point of concern is Liverpool have lost five of their nine away PL games this season (W2 D2), as many as they had across the previous two campaigns combined (W23 D10 L5).
Failure to bring more than one player in the January transfer window means the pessimistic approach will be visible in the Reds playing style. The Merseyside giants are not able to create any intensity in the game. The counter-pressing of Liverpool is now very much not at all effective due to a lack of firepower in the midfield.
The Wanderers and the Reds played out a 2-2 draw at Anfield in the opening FA Cup third-round game last month, but Kopp’s men edge the replay 1-0 thanks to a stunner from Elliott, and the Reds have won each of their last six Premier League games at Molineux. Although Liverpool are not looking that great at the moment but stats say they might see this game through.
Liverpool’s injury situation is going from bad to worse, as Ibrahima Konate is reportedly facing a three-week layoff due to a hamstring injury that he picked up against Brighton in the FA Cup.
Virgil van Dijk, Arthur, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, and Roberto Firmino are out due to injury. Meanwhile, Fabio Carvalho and Nat Phillips will both need assessment.
Phillip’s deadline-day exit was reportedly blocked due to Konate’s injury. Joel Matip and Joe Gomez partner up at the back for the time being, and Darwin Nunez will surely return to the tip of the attack after a brief spell among the substitutes.
Liverpool’s form in the last five matches (PL)
W | W | W | L | L
Liverpool’s form in the last five matches in all competition
D | D | L | W | L
Liverpool possible lineup
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Matip, Robertson; Thiago, Bajcetic, Elliott; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo.
What Anfield Home predicts?
Liverpool may have got the better of Wolves at Molineux in the FA Cup, but their recent losses do make a worrying sign. Jurgen Klopp will be optimistic before this game as they hold a good record against the Wanderers.
The Reds are looking for a comeback. So a crucial 1-0 victory is expected from the English giants at the Molineux Stadium. Darwin Nunez is expected to be on the score sheet.
Wolverhampton 0-1 Liverpool