Wolves v Liverpool: Match Preview & Predicted Lineup

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Liverpool return from the international break with the dreaded early kick-off and a trip to face Wolves at Molineux. This fixture last season encapsulated everything that was once broken with Jurgen Klopp’s side and the German manager will want this experience to act as further proof of a side on the mend again. 

Moreover, if Klopp’s charges are going to be genuine contenders this term, picking up wins on the road is going to be pivotal to accompany what is normally almost unwavering Anfield form.

The Reds will be without Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold for the trip to the Midlands due to suspension and injury respectively. That means with the captain and his vice absent, Scotland skipper Andy Robertson will likely take the armband.

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Despite a slow start to the season for former Liverpool coach Gary O’Neil’s Wolves, there have been positive signs from the Old Gold and Klopp knows nothing can be taken for granted in the Premier League.

A 12th early start for The Reds – a timeslot often viewed as a banana skin – has all the hallmarks of a nervy curtain raiser to the opening weekend and one that will hopefully pass by with little alarm.

Predicted XI

With the South American contingent back on Merseyside and travelling with the rest of the squad, the need for a major rotation may have eased somewhat for Klopp, however, with Alexis Mac Allister in particularly undergoing a tiring exertion during the international break, it remains possible that we will see some changes for this one. 

Ibrahima Konate’s return to training has provided a timely boost to the plans, whilst confirmation that Jarell Quansah is available should mean that the strength in depth remains as it has been on the bench in the defensive department. 

In attack there remains the biggest headache for the manager and new signing Ryan Gravenberch will be hoping to make his Liverpool debut this afternoon.

If anything, the biggest change could come in the system as opposed to the personnel as with Alexander-Arnold absent it seems almost certain The Reds will revert to a more recognisable 4-3-3.

My XI: Alisson; Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson; Wataru Endo, Dominik Szoboszlai, Curtis Jones; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo.

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Albeit Liverpool’s strong start to the campaign combined with Wolves’ own disappointing points return should mean Klopp’s side emerge victorious with little to no fuss, O’Neil has extracted a lot from his men as he previously managed at Bournemouth prior to his dismissal. 

Likely to see a more conventional system with no obvious full-back to join and make a box midfield, this could well be a ‘old school’ type Reds’ performance and hopefully one akin to the side that became all-conquering not so long ago.  

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