Wolves v Liverpool this Thursday is sure to be one of The Reds’ toughest tests this season. The sixth place side have pulled off some upsets in front of their home crowd and will be hoping for another this week.
Perhaps the biggest result of the season for Nuno Espirito Santo was the 3-2 win over Manchester City.
His side were 2-0 down before a heroic turnaround saw them break City hearts and prop up the pub trade in Merseyside.
Despite Liverpool’s fine form – they’ve won all but one game this season, a controversial draw at Manchester United – pundits have been backing Wolves to spoil the party.
BBC Sport’s Mark Lawrenson tipped the hosts to hang on for a draw, saying:
“Everything about Wolves is impressive – their manager Nuno Espirito Santo, their style of play and their threat going forward. They are a very skilful outfit.”
Whilst Charlie Nicholas at Sky went one further, backing Wolves to run out 2-1 winners, reasoning:
“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?”
You’d have thought by now the pundits would have learned their lesson, particularly Charlie Nicholas.
Over the festive period we saw Liverpool play a game near enough every three days for six weeks straight. Barring a youth turnout at Aston Villa, The Reds won every one of these games.
Playing with a short turnaround suits this side – they are fitter than any other outfit in the Premier League. Four days rest is a bonafide luxury in comparison to the state of the December schedule.
Whilst Wolves have been able to upset some lofty opposition at home this season, this week they face the mentality monsters of Liverpool.
Jürgen Klopp won’t let his side lose their nerve, they will be disciplined and professional, there’s nothing for us to worry about.