Liverpool will host Wolves at Anfield on Sunday (16;30) to conclude their ninth match during the December period.

The European champions are currently 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table following their 4-0 thrashing of title rivals Leicester City.

Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo’s team produced a miraculous comeback against Manchester City to win 3-2 and move one point behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

The Portuguese manager became the first head-coach since Antonio Conte to complete a Premier League double over Pep Guardiola with the Catalonia boss now trailing Jurgen Klopp by 14 points and having played a game more.

A win for Liverpool would see them finish 2019 having claimed 55 points from a possible 57. If the Reds avoid defeat it would see their unbeaten run in the league extended to 37 matches.

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This is RTK’s predicted line-up to face Wolves:

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Goalkeeeper Alisson of Liverpool celebrates after his team scored a goal to make it 0-1 during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool FC at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker

One of the most comfortable evenings of football the Brazilian will have had against Leicester on Boxing Day. The 4-0 victory helped ensure the Reds made it three consecutive league clean sheets.

Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold

One of the great Liverpool performances of the season. The England international was utterly irresistible against the Foxes having scored and registered two assists. Simply has to start.

Centre back: Joe Gomez

Is starting to replicate the devestating form of last season. Gomez excelled once again alongside Virgil van Dijk to help claim Liverpool’s 17th league win of the season. With Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip still injured the Englishman will surely start.

Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk

Imperious once again to keep Jamie Vardy quiet. The Netherland’s captain continues to impress and will certainly maintain his place once again come Sunday.

Left-back: Andy Robertson

Another standout performer against the Foxes, Robertson doesn’t understand the concept of the word ‘rest’ so the Scotland captain will also surely make Sunday’s starting XI.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: James Milner of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool FC at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Centre-midfield: James Milner

Came off the bench to score with his first touch against Leicester. Both of his league goals have come against Brendan Rodgers’ side and the former Manchester City player will prove adequate cover for Jordan Henderson who was withdrawn due to injury on Thursday evening.

Centre-midfield: Gini Wijnaldum

One of the most selfless performers in the team. Wijnaldum went under the radar against Leicester but his contributions should not have gone unnoticed. The Dutchman’s ability to recycle play whilst elegantly manoeuvring through midfield is one of Liverpool’s most underappreciated assets in the team.

Centre-midfield: Naby Keita

Another start for the Guinean who is finally being entrusted with the consistency required to vindicate his £52 million price tag. Keita has three goals in his previous five matches and is beginning to form a devastating partnership with Mohamed Salah.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool FC at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Right-wing: Mohamed Salah

Withdrawn earlier than he would of liked against Leicester. Salah wasn’t at his recent best at the King Power Stadium but the Egypt international has been one of Liverpool’s stand-out players throughout December.

Left-wing: Sadio Mane

Wasteful but still largely effective against the Foxes on Boxing Day. Mane is another who will surely start but is currently without a league goal in his previous three league matches – his longest drought this season.

Striker: Roberto Firmino

Unplayable as of late. The Brazilain striker has four goals in his previous three matches including the winning goal in the FIFA Club World Cup final. Another who surely has to start?

 

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