Liverpool have managed to keep their Premier League title hopes alive after beating Southampton on Tuesday night and now, in their final game of the season, they will take on Wolves.
They will have to ensure they pick up all three points on Sunday and then beseech that Manchester City lose to Aston Villa because, without this said combination, Liverpool aren’t getting to the top of the table. Realistically speaking, we can’t see Man City losing to Villa but then, the Premier League is famous for its unexpected twists and dramas.
Jurgen Klopp used a second-fiddle side in midweek just to make sure there are no fresh injuries before the Champions League final and he will have to make a pivotal call on Sunday as well. Should he put his full focus on the Madrid game or does he keep the foot on the peddle in the hopes that City fumble?
Either way, this one should be a regulation win for Liverpool because Wolves haven’t won in their previous six outings and since they are eight on the table, Bruno Lage’s side don’t have much to play for in the final game of the season. Wolves are not going to push for a win so Liverpool are likely to have it easy.
Liverpool team news vs Wolves:
Van Dijk was not risked on Tuesday night because he had picked up a small knock in the FA Cup final. The manager had earlier confirmed that the injury is not serious so Van Dijk could come back into the side.
Joe Gomez left the St Mary’s Stadium in a protective boot so his season is over and if Van Dijk is not 100% fit then Konate and Joel Matip will have to pair up in central defence.
Robertson and Trent were both rested in midweek but the two first-choice full-backs will return to the side for the Wolves match.
“I wouldn’t give anyone more money than Virgil van Dijk. He should be on the most. They will find another Mo Salah but you won’t find another Van Dijk. There will always be another great striker who comes to this club.” #awlive [sky] pic.twitter.com/ndfkDoLEX2
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) May 18, 2022
Fabinho is another one of the injured players who missed the Saints game and like Van Dijk, he too might have to watch from the sidelines.
On Tuesday, the Liverpool manager had the chance to rest Henderson, Keita and even Thiago so all three will be fresh for Sunday’s game. If Fabinho is absent then Henderson will be used as the defensive midfielder.
Mo Salah picked up a muscle injury in the FA Cup final but Klopp had admitted that the forward is expected to make comeback against Wolves.
The Liverpool boss told the press: “The target is they could be involved again at the weekend. It’s very positive. We’re realistic about the Wolves game, but for [Southampton], [we’d] rather not.”
Jurgen Klopp will love to rest his regular starters keeping in mind the Champions League final but he wouldn’t dare take that gamble, just in case, Villa manage to chain up Manchester City.
Liverpool predicted line up vs Wolves:
Predicted Starting Line-up(4-3-3): Alisson; Van Dijk/Konate, Joel Matip, Robertson, TAA; Henderson, Thiago, Naby Keita; Luis Diaz, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah.