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'Outstanding' forward returns as Klopp makes seven changes: Liverpool's predicted XI v Wolves

Liverpool face Wolves on Sunday as the curtain falls on another Premier League season at Anfield.

The Reds are still in with a shout of finishing top of the pile, but will need to rely on a favour from Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

Villa take on Manchester City at the Etihad at the same time, and a win will see Pep Guardiola’s team crowned champions again. Any other result will see Liverpool finish first, if they can overcome Wolves.

With a few injury issues still to contend with and a Champions League final less than a week away, here’s how we think Liverpool will line up.

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Defence

As usual, there are no qualms about who will start in goal for Liverpool. Alisson Becker is neck and neck with Ederson on 20 clean sheets for the season. Hopefully he can win that particular battle with a shutout here and some Villa goals in Manchester.

Trent Alexander-Arnold sat out Tuesday’s win over Southampton but will surely return here.

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Joining him in the back four is likely to be Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate. It would be great to see Virgil Van Dijk but he’s unlikely to be risked.

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At left-back it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kostas Tsimikas. More likely though, is that Andy Robertson returns to take his place ahead of the final.

Midfield

What Jurgen Klopp’s thinking for his midfield options is likely to be coloured by the fitness of Fabinho. It seems virtually impossible that the Brazilian will play here. But if Klopp is confident he can play in Paris – and he seems to be – then he should go strong on Sunday.

The ‘second-string’ midfield was excellent on Tuesday night at St. Mary’s, James Milner in particular stood out. However, going strong would mean that none of that trio are likely to be retained against Wolves.

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Instead, Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara should come back in to the team.

Joining them is likely to be Jordan Henderson, who played the second-half on Tuesday. Expect to see the captain withdrawn early if things are going to plan.

Attack

As with the midfield, those chosen to lead the line at Southampton were excellent. Takumi Minamino got a goal while Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota buzzed around threateningly.

Of the three, we think Jota will be only one to go again, though. It’s always wise to select players against their former clubs and Jota has a point to prove having been in patchy form.

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With Salah still a doubt, the 25-year-old should play from the right with Sadio Mane returning to lead the line. Luis Diaz should be the third man of the attack.

The Colombian has had more than a week’s rest since his FA Cup final exploits. Now fully rested up, Liverpool will need the player who Klopp called ‘outstanding’ to be at his best in these final two games.

Liverpool predicted XI vs Wolves: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Matip, Robertson; Henderson, Keita, Thiago; Jota, Mane, Diaz

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