A struggling Liverpool side will look to bounce back to form when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) at the Anfield Stadium on August 10, 2022, in the Premier League. The Reds have lost and drawn their last two games in all competitions and Jurgen Klopp is under tremendous pressure to get his going during a crunch time.
Wolves have also had a shaky start to their English Premier League 2022/23 campaign, winning just one of their last four matches. However, their staunch defence has conceded just four goals in the league so far, two lesser than Liverpool.
Six-time UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool saw a 1-4 thrashing at the hands of Napoli in midweek with the team looking seriously out of form at the moment. With their new big-money signing Darwin Nunez yet to find his footing, Kloop has had to fall back to Roberto Firmino in the centre-forward role.
Liverpool’s biggest loss came against rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford, where the resurgent Red Devils won 2-1. The Reds bounced back with a massive 9-0 win against Bournemouth in the league, before securing three points against Newcastle United as well.
Wolves’ only win in the Premier League has come against Southampton so far. Apart from that, they have drawn against Bournemouth, Fulham and Newcastle United to sit 14th in the points table. Wolves have also won against Preston NorthEnd in the EFL Cup second round. Their defeats have come against Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur.
LIV vs WOL, Premier League 2022/23
Date: 10th August, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Anfield Stadium, Liverpool
Liverpool Premier League form:
Liverpool form (all competitions):
Wolves Premier League form:
Wolves form (all competitions):
Liverpool wins: 57
Wolves wins: 36
Liverpool vs Wolves Team News:
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool have struggled to replace an injured Ibrahima Konate at the back with Joe Gomes not up to speed alongside Virgil Van Dijk, as was evident against Napoli in midweek. The high backline that Liverpool prefers needs its defenders to be consistent and flawless at all times. Klopp benched Joel Matip against Napoli and paid the price as Liverpool were 3-0 down at half-time. Konate is expected to return by the first week of October.
However, it is in the midfield that Liverpool are reduced to their bare bones. Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are all out with injuries and won’t be returning anytime soon. Fabio Carvalho is also unlikely to start the game against Wolves as Klopp could stick to Fabinho and Thiago Alacantara against Wolves.
Wolves Team News
Compared to Liverpool, Wolves are strong with most of their players fit at the back. Midfielder Chiquinho is out with a knee injury for the long term and is likely to return some time in January.
Wolves, however, are sweating to get both their strikers Raul Jimenez and Sasa Kalajdzic fit for this massive fixture – both of whom are a doubt.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Elliott, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Diaz
Wolves possible starting lineup:
J Sa; Castro, Collins, Kilman, Ait-Nouri; Nunes, Neves, Mooutinho; Neto, Podence, Jimenez
Given Liverpool’s proclivity to bounce back from losses, as was seen in Bournemouth’s 9-0 drubbing following a 2-1 loss to Manchester United, Jurgen Klopp’s side is definitely the favourites coming into this fixture. With Luiz Diaz in mercurial form, the wingers is expected to be the star of the match for the Reds.