Jurgen Klopp says there’s ‘no chance’ he takes any risks with Liverpool injuries vs Wolves on Sunday. The boss is right to do so.
Liverpool go into Sunday needing to beat Wolves. It’s their only shot at the Premier League title – victory at Anfield coupled with Manchester City dropping points. Their chances remain slim, then, but it’s far from impossible.
However, Liverpool can’t actually count on their best XI for the game. Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho all have issues and there’s a very good chance they don’t play.
Jurgen Klopp stressed that on Friday. The only way those three feature is if they’re completely ready to go – there won’t be any risks at Anfield. Not even to help Salah win the Golden Boot race.
“What we do with them for the weekend I have no idea,” said Klopp, per the Athletic.
“I actually understand 100 per cent the goalscoring battle with Heung-min Son but we have no chance that we take any risks. But Mo doesn’t want to take any risks, there is no doubt about that.”
It’s a brave stance but the correct one. Even if it costs Liverpool the title.
Liverpool won’t take risks with injuries vs Wolves
If this were Liverpool’s final game, you’d play them. But it’s not – there’s the Champions League final on May 28th and that’s actually the Reds’ best chance of a major trophy.
Therefore it’s the one Liverpool must prioritise. They can’t afford to risk their best players for a shot at the Premier League title when a win might not even be enough for them. Not if it could potentially rule them out of the match with Real Madrid.
And at the end of the day, Klopp must trust his squad. Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konaté are a centre-back pairing capable of beating Wolves. Jordan Henderson is a good enough holding midfielder to earn three points, too, and the Reds boast forwards capable of replacing Salah.
So this is the right decision from Klopp. He’ll have fingers pointed at him if both Liverpool and City slip up, of course, but we can’t fault his thinking.