Liverpool vs. Wolves
Premier League (38) | Anfield
Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 4pm (BST)
The Reds have taken the title race to the final day of the season, having scrapped their way to a 2-1 win at Southampton in midweek.
Here are 10 things to know ahead of the final league game of the season.
1. Simple scenario for Reds
With goal difference almost certain to play no part in proceedings now – Liverpool would need to draw and City lose – the task is very straightforward for the Reds.
They must see off Wolves by any scoreline necessary and then hope that the Gerrard narrative goes into overdrive in Manchester.
A draw or a win for Villa would be enough to seal title glory for Liverpool, assuming they get the job done on Merseyside.
It could be a thriller, or both the Reds and City could win easily – whatever happens, this has been a remarkable effort by Klopp and his players.
2. Wolves’ season fizzles out
Wolves have enjoyed a positive season overall, with Bruno Lage coming in and making them an expertly-drilled defensive outfit.
At one point, a top-four finish wasn’t completely out of the question, but things have gone flat in recent weeks, following no wins since April 2.
With the likes of Ruben Neves and Conor Coady potentially moving on this summer, it could be tough to repeat this feat next season.
3. Possible Wolves XI
It means the Portuguese should be able to field his strongest-possible starting lineup, with no new injuries to report.
Nelson Memedo and Max Kilman are still out, though.
Neves could be playing his last game for the club in midfield, as could Coady and Romain Saiss, both of whom could start in a back-three.
Predicted Wolves XI: Sa; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri; Hwang, Neto, Jimenez
4. Who’s out for Liverpool?
5. Predicted Reds lineup
There is sure to be one eye on the Real Madrid clash, but Sunday is still potentially a huge day – one that could end with Liverpool as Premier League champions.
For that reason, a far stronger team will be fielded than the one at St Mary’s on Tuesday, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane all likely coming back in.
Van Dijk and Salah are harder to predict and they will surely only feature if Klopp believes they are at absolute full fitness.
6. Farewell to a Liverpool legend
Speaking to the media, Klopp confirmed Divock Origi would leave Liverpool this summer, adding that he would receive a “special” reception on Sunday:
“Yes, I expect Div to get a special reception, farewell. He is and will be, for me, forever a Liverpool legend.
“One of the most important players I ever had, that sounds completely strange with the amount of games he had but it was, and is, a pure joy to work together with him.
“It’s not over yet just because it’s the last Premier League game, but, yes, he deserves all the good thoughts we can generate for his future.
“Wherever he will go he will be successful, 100 percent. An outstanding player, an outstanding boy. Everybody in the team absolutely loves him because he’s just a relaxed, loveable guy.
A 94th-minute winner to clinch the title, is it? Oh, go on then…
7. Liverpool’s home record vs. Wolves
Liverpool have every reason to feel positive going into Sunday’s match, not least their record against Wolves at Anfield.
In fact, the Wanderers haven’t tasted success there in the league since way back in December 2010, during the dire Roy Hodgson era.
8. Did You Know?
Liverpool must beat Wolves this weekend and that is exactly the same scenario they found themselves in on the final day of the 2018/19 campaign.
Similarly, Klopp’s side were hoping for a favour from another team, with Brighton looking to take points off City at the Amex Stadium.
For a brief minute – literally! – it looked as though glory may be coming Liverpool’s way, as the Seagulls took a first-half lead.
Pep Guardiola’s side responded immediately and went on to win 4-1, though, rendering the Reds’ 2-0 win over Wanderers meaningless.
Can we all take those emotions again?!
9. Taylor confirmed as referee
It has been confirmed that Anthony Taylor will referee Sunday’s game, with Stuart Attwell on VAR duty.
This will be Taylor’s fifth and final Liverpool match of the season, with the other four games all Premier League fixtures.
Taylor was also in charge of the 2-2 draw at City last month – quite why he gets so many big games, I don’t know!
10. Follow on TIA’s live blog
If you are unable to watch the action, a pensive Dan Clubbe will be guiding you through proceedings on TIA’s matchday live blog, as well as keeping you up-to-date with the City game.
Come on you Reds!