Jurgen Klopp has made two changes to his starting lineup for Liverpool’s clash with Wolves tonight, with victory ensuring pole position over Christmas.
The Reds kept their place above Man City with an emphatic 3-1 win over Man United last time out, and now face another big challenge as they take on the Premier League‘s seventh-placed side.
Taking to the field at Molineux tonight, Klopp’s side will know three points are paramount, with the mentality being that any slip-up will see City leapfrog them back to the top.
The manager has again expressed his frustration at the congestion facing sides in the English top flight over the festive period, but conceded Liverpool have been handed the most comfortable schedule.
Regardless, Klopp has continued his rotational approach tonight, for the Reds’ final game before Christmas Day.
Alisson keeps his place in goal, with the Brazilian eager to respond to a rare error at the weekend that saw him spill a cross for Jesse Lingard’s strike.
Ahead of the goalkeeper are James Milner, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, with a spate of injuries in the defensive ranks limiting Klopp’s changes at the back.
In midfield, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita will form a well-rounded unit, with Liverpool potentially lining up in either a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation.
Henderson makes his 300th appearance for the Reds, alongside the player many expected to take his place this season.
And the Reds’ firepower comes from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, with Xherdan Shaqiri kept on the substitutes’ bench.
Wolves: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Saiss, Jonny; Adama, Jimenez
Substitutes: Ruddy, Dendoncker, Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Costa, Cavaleiro, Bonatini
Liverpool: Alisson; Milner, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Mane, Firmino
Substitutes: Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi