Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has made a bold prediction ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Molineux on Thursday evening.
The Premier League leaders will be welcomed by Nuno Espirito Santos’ impressive Wolves outfit as the two sides lock horns just three weeks since their Anfield affair in December.
Sadio Mane’s goal settled the Christmas clash despite Wolves impressing at the home of the European champions. The Midlands outfit have already claimed a league double over Premier League holders Manchester City and are currently just five points off of the top-four.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are 16 points clear at the top of the table following their 2-0 victory against Manchester United on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s team have claimed 64 points from a possible 66 this season and are unbeaten in their previous 39 league matches.
However, despite being over a year without a league defeat, Charlie Nicholas has predicted Wolves to finally hand the champions-elect their first significant setback since January 3, 2019.
Speaking in his weekly column, Nicholas said: “This is a cracking game and Liverpool will be on such a high. I genuinely thought Liverpool looked tired and leggy, especially at the end, against Manchester United.
“Have they enough to come in and cover this one up? Jurgen Klopp took Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino off in the latter stages, but it was a case of hanging in there and going a bit more defensively.
“I have never really seen that from Klopp but some of those players were dead on their feet. As cool as Virgil van Dijk and the back four have been, there was a vulnerability there.
“It was a massive game and they got the result. That being said, I see Liverpool’s first defeat of the season coming on Thursday, but it will not change the destiny of the Premier League title.
“Wolves relish the games against the top-six sides. Wolves looked assured at Anfield but got nothing from it. Klopp may make some changes and it could disrupt them a little bit.”
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Nicholas is of course entitled to his opinion as an away trip to Wolves is certainly one of the biggest hurdles to clear in the club’s pursuit of a first league title since 1990.
However, Klopp’s Liverpool have uncovered a relentless approach to matches that refuses to see themselves beaten. The Reds have dropped just two points since March and are off the back of seven consecutive clean sheets.
The Reds haven’t lost to Wolves in the league since December 2010 and the club recently secured their 13th consecutive league since October.
Whilst Wolves could certainly throw a spanner in the works for Klopp and co, Liverpool should have enough in their armoury to leave the Midlands with their unbeaten record still in-tact.