Match Preview: Liverpool vs Wolves
Date & time: December 6th, 2020 - 7:15pm
Is it on: Amazon Prime Sport
Ref: Craig Pawson
So the qualification for the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday, and the subsequent extra day's rest, has eased the burden on the Reds squad somewhat.
For those questioning Jurgen Klopp's intentions when mentioning the early kick-off times: make no mistake about how immensely important this later time is for preparation tonight.
Wolves come into the game on the back of a full week's rest, with few injuries and a much less hectic calendar leading up to Christmas. They'll be well up for this.
On the back of their win at Arsenal last week, they will very much be in the mood to cause another away upset today.
But Liverpool will have also been buoyed by the win at home to Ajax in the week, with another much changed backline, and will know victory today could well return us two points clear at the top of the table, with the London derby at Spurs this evening.
Perhaps the most important aspect of tonight's game though, in terms of any advantages, is the return of fans to Anfield for the first time since March. Only 2000 at this point, but if those boys and girls are in the mood, it could give Liverpool a real boost on their return tonight.
Injuries & Suspension
At last some good news from Klopp regarding injuries on Friday, as he announced that both Trent and Naby had returned to the squad's full training sessions.
Of course, it's highly unlikely that either will start on Sunday night, but they could both be on the bench, or at least pushing for that anyway. A start mid-week is probably more likely.
Elsewhere, the usual suspects are out: Van Dijk, Gomez, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner and Shaqiri. Both Henderson and Robertson also trained after it looked a bit ropey for them at times on Tuesday.
For Wolves, the shocking clash involving Raul Jimenez last Sunday and his subequent hospitalisation and surgery means that he will obviously not be involved. Nor will Jonny.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): D-W-L-D-W
Wolves (all comps): D-W-L-D-W
Predicted Line up
I don't think we'll see any surprises tonight, with many of those that started in the week retaining their places.
The need to rotate at this point is totally understandable, but it can't be at the risk of dropping points with so many teams so close in the table.
But the sixth and final group game in the Champions League this week will allow Jurgen Klopp to make wholesale changes, with Liverpool already confirmed as group winners, so his key players should be given a good rest mid-week.
I'd expect young Williams and Kelleher to retain their places, with Fabinho alongside Matip. Jones' performance on Tuesday should have also earned him a start again. Whilst I'd expect Firmino to come back into the starting XI in place of Diogo.
Predicted starting XI: Kelleher, N. Williams, Fabinho, Matip, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Jones; Mane, Salah, Firmino.