Liverpool vs. Wolves
Saturday, January 28, 2017 – 12.30pm (GMT)
FA Cup Fourth Round
Referee: Craig Pawson
It is impossible to deny Liverpool’s current struggles.
Jurgen Klopp‘s men look a tired outfit at present, and the fizz that they played with at the start of the season is nowhere to be seen.
That being said, there is still a fair chunk of the season remaining, and Saturday represents a chance to make progress in the FA Cup and pick up some momentum.
Championship side Wolves visit Anfield hoping to inflict a third straight home defeat on Liverpool—it will be interesting to see how strong Klopp’s team is.
Although the Premier League may be the be-all and end-all for many Reds supporters, ending the five-year wait for silverware is also very important.
With Liverpool’s title challenge again looking all but done, progressing to the last 16 of the FA Cup should not be sniffed at.
An improved performance and a positive result would be the first step on the road to recovery.
Which three players should Liverpool fans look out for on Saturday?
Our star man this season has comfortably been right winger Helder Costa, who’s on course for double figures for both goals and assists this season. If anything good happens in an attacking sense, it will usually be through him.
Local academy player and defensive midfielder Jack Price is very important to how Wolves play—he screens the back four and recycles the ball to players around him. Jack will need to play well on Saturday if Wolves are to win.
Finally, another local academy player and captain, Danny Batth. No player has made more clearances in the Championship than Batth this season (311)—expect him to put his body on the line on Saturday.
As we write about the Wolves academy, keep an eye out for Morgan Gibbs-White (16), Connor Ronan (18) and Bright Enobakhare (18) who could all be involved. Gibbs-White made his professional debut against Stoke in the last round.
Read the interview in full here.
Klopp is fully expected to ring the changes, although the starting lineup may be stronger than in previous rounds.
Second-guessing Klopp is never easy, however, so he may suddenly go with key men, in order to avoid another bad day at the office.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Wolves – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking at Melwood on Friday, Klopp related the faith he has in his squad to building a house:
“It’s a little bit like building a house, if you want. You start building, and you’re full of enthusiasm, you think ‘great, in half a year, one year, I will have this house’. In the summer, weather’s good.
“Then November comes and you’re still not finished and now it’s difficult, and in this moment you stop building, it doesn’t make sense.
“You have to wait maybe sometimes for the rain to stop, but then you will live in a house when you stay [with it].”
The match was chosen as one of BT Sport’s fourth-round offerings, with coverage getting underway on BT Sport 2 at midday. Kickoff is at 12.30pm (GMT).
Our matchday live blog will be running as always, with regular content from 11.45am and minute-by-minute updates during the game.