Liverpool will look for one final chance at winning the Premier League when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Sunday.
The Reds are coming off the back of the greatest comeback in a UEFA Champions League semifinal where they overcame a 3-0 first leg deficit against tournament favorites Barcelona, to emerge 4-0 winners. The fact that 2 out of Liverpool’s feared front 3, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, were out injured makes that victory even more special.
Now, Jurgen Klopp’s men are set to face fellow PL side Tottenham in the final but will have to focus on the league before that. The Merseyside club are currently second in the table, with 94 points from 37 games. They are one point behind Manchester City, who travel to Brighton for the last game of the season.
Thus, the Reds will look to pick up all 3 points and hope Pep Guardiola’s men drop points, thereby securing a first Premier League title for Liverpool. However, their opponents are not ones to be taken lightly.
Wolves are easily the best side outside the top six, and the league table proves the point. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are currently 7th in the table, 4 points clear of Leicester in 8th. Thus, the promoted side harbor a decent chance of playing in Europe next season.
Wolves will gain entry into the Europa League if Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final next weekend. This is because Guardiola’s side have already qualified for the Champions League, thereby providing the team finishing 7th an entry to participate in Europe’s second-tier competition.
Nuno could look to rotate a few players considering their position is relatively secure while Liverpool have more at stake going into the final game of the season.
In terms of team news, Mohamed Salah is fit to play and will look to clinch the Golden Boot. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be fit while Firmino is a doubt for the game. Andy Robertson’s injury midweek seems to be less severe, but Sunday’s match could come too early for him.
Naby Keita is ruled out for the season while Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana are doubts for the game as well.
Coming to Wolves, Nuno’s side have been one of the luckiest teams this season in terms of injuries, and the gaffer once again has a fully-fit squad to choose from.
Liverpool vs Wolves Prediction
Liverpool are in red-hot form for the past two months. The Reds have won 12 of the last 13 games, with the only loss coming against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Meanwhile, Wolves have won their last three games in a row and will look to spoil the party.
The visitors have won 2 out of their last three visits to Anfield. However, Klopp’s men did win the reverse fixture 2-0 and will look to end the league season on a high irrespective of Manchester City’s results.
Thus, Liverpool are slight favorites going into the match with Wolves having enough quality to dampen proceedings. None of the last seven meetings between the sides has ended in a draw, and it looks likely to continue.
Liverpool Predicted XI: Alisson; Trent, Matip, Van Dijk, Milner; Fabinho, Chamberlain, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Origi
Wolves Predicted XI: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jimenez, Jota