Liverpool host Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, looking to finish a memorable 2019 with a bang.
Liverpool vs. Wolves
Sunday, December 29, 2019 – 4.30pm (GMT)
Referee: Anthony Taylor
The Boxing Day trip to Leicester was seen as arguably Liverpool’s toughest assignment of the season so far, but they produced a masterclass at the King Power Stadium.
Jurgen Klopp‘s men eased their way to a 4-0 victory, playing sublime football and looking every bit a team on the cusp of becoming champions.
There is still plenty of work to do, however, starting on Sunday, when a dangerous Wolves side make the trip to Anfield—having just beaten Man City 3-2 on Friday.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have become one of the league’s strongest outfits away from the ‘big six’, always proving capable of springing a shock.
Their excursions against Man City on Friday may have taken their toll, though, which has the ability to work in Liverpool’s favour.
While tiredness is something that could also affect the Reds, they won’t be feeling it as much as others, simply because of the winning mindset they find themselves in.
When everything is clicking, nobody wants to be rested.
This has the potential to be one of Liverpool’s trickier home games of the campaign, but they should still pick up another three points.
It would be a fitting way to sign off for 2019 – one of the most impressive years in the club’s history.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be missing until well after the turn of the year, having injured his ankle in the Club World Cup final win over Flamengo, with the boss revealing that the injured quartet are not set to return to training until mid-January.
Jordan Henderson was in pain late on against Leicester, eventually being replaced, but he has been passed fit for Sunday’s game.
Rotation is likely to be on show from Klopp, as has been the case throughout December.
Willy Boly and Morgan Gibbs-White are out for Wolves, while Nuno could make numerous changes, considering kick-off arrives less than 48 hours after the win over City.
Last 5 at Home to Wolves (All Competitions)
Won 2-0 – May 2019 (Mane x2)
Lost 2-1 – January 2017 (Origi; Stearman, Weimann)
Won 2-1 – September 2011 (Johnson OG, Suarez; Fletcher)
Lost 1-0 – December 2010 (Ward)
Won 2-0 – December 2009 (Gerrard, Benayoun)
Did You Know?
Alexander-Arnold was astonishing against Leicester, notching two assists and firing home Liverpool’s fourth goal of the night.
The 21-year-old has already registered eight assists in the league this season, leaving him just four short of the 12 he got last season.
That was a Premier League record by a defender, highlighting how good he has been this season.
This is a generational talent we are watching.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Won 4-0 vs. Leicester
Won 1-0 vs. Flamengo
Won 2-1 vs. Monterrey
Lost 5-0 vs. Aston Villa
Won 2-0 vs. Watford
Wolves – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking to the press on Thursday, Klopp spoke about Roberto Firmino‘s return to scoring form and said he was never bothered about a lack of goals, on account of the Brazilian bringing so much more to the team:
“I told him that I’m not interested in that number. Because he’s the connector for our team, he’s so important for us.
“He’s not the only one who can play the position, but he can play the position in a very special way.
“He doesn’t have to come [and celebrate with me] everyday, every goal, but this time we had this little thing where he thought I was calm enough to leave him on the pitch in these games—I never thought about it.
“He thought he had to say ‘thank you’, that’s all.”
TV & Liveblog Info
Liverpool vs. Wolves is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 4pm (GMT), with kickoff at 4.30pm.
Chris Williams is in charge of the final This Is Anfield matchday live blog of the year, guiding you through the action from 3.45pm.