It feels like an age since Liverpool’s last game. Right now, that’s probably a good thing, as the memory of another defeat slips away.
Hopefully Jurgen Klopp’s team haven’t forgotten the pain of that last-gasp defeat at Brighton last Sunday, though. They desperately need to use the hurt to put things right.
Another chance to do just that arrives in the form of a trip to Molineux on Saturday evening.
Already, the third meeting between the two clubs in 2023, there won’t be too many surprises for either side. Here’s how we think Liverpool will line up in search of their first league win of the year.
No question about the goalkeeper here. Caoimhin Kelleher was between the sticks on Liverpool’s last visit to Wolves, but Alisson Becker will return for this one.
Klopp doesn’t have too many options in-front of the big Brazilian. Without Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate because of injury, it’s virtually certain that Joel Matip and Joe Gomez will start whenever possible in the meantime.
Despite being hauled off against Brighton, Trent Alexander-Arnold will surely line-up at right-back tomorrow. At left-back, there’s no need to swap Andy Robertson, who’s been one of the better performers of late.
What to do with his midfield must have been keeping Klopp awake for most of this season. Thankfully, the manager does now seem to have stumbled on a more cohesive unit to take into the rest of the year.
On paper, two thirds of the three he’s been going with of late isn’t a surprise. When everyone is fit and well, Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara are probably Liverpool’s two best roaming midfielders. Having started the last three games together, we think they’ll make that a quadruple tomorrow.
If those two are the Reds best ‘8’s,’ then Fabinho is traditionally Klopp’s most accomplished ‘6.’ Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case at all this season – the Brazilian has been dreadful.
As a result, he’s lost his place in the team to 18-year-old Stefan Bajcetic. For the last few games Bajcetic has justified that decision. There’s no reason for Klopp to take him out of the side here.
Just like the defence, Liverpool’s attack is still a little shorn of options for now. They should benefit from the fact that Darwin Nunez is back to full fitness, though. It would be nice to see him through the middle at Molineux.
The 23-year-old got injured exactly at the wrong time for Liverpool. They need him back to his ‘outstanding’ best as soon as possible.
Either side of him should be Mohamed Salah and Cody Gakpo. These three have started just once together so far, but they have a relatively fearsome look to them. Again, on paper at least.
Liverpool’s predicted XI vs Wolves: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Bajcetic, Keita, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo