The new year has not been a good one for Liverpool and they’ll be hoping February can bring their first league win of 2023. Having ended 2022 on a high, Liverpool lost their first two Premier League matches of the new year, beaten 3-1 by Brentford and 3-0 by Brighton and Hove Albion, both away from home.
Jurgen Klopp’s men ended that losing run with a draw against Chelsea but it leaves them ninth in the table, 10 points outside the top four. Even with a game in hand over fourth-placed Manchester United, Liverpool are facing a hard battle to qualify for the Champions League and recently tasted defeat once again in the FA Cup, knocked out by Brighton.
Wolves, meanwhile, have had an interesting start to life under Julen Lopetegui and while things aren’t perfect, they are looking positive. In the five Premier League matches since Lopetegui took over, Wolves have won two, drawn one and lost two, beating fellow relegation battlers Everton and West Ham.
More of those victories will be crucial for Wolves, meaning they’re not relying on results against the top teams — with their two league defeats under Lopetegui coming against Man Utd and Manchester City. However, a result against Liverpool will help too, with Wolves only outside the relegation zone on goal difference as things stand.
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Wolves vs Liverpool match stats
Wolves have not been good in front of goal this season with a league low 12 goals scored in the Premier League, and the club have now gone 30 Premier League matches without a striker scoring for them. Things are particularly bad in the second half, usually when teams might step up, with Wolves managing just four goals.
However, in Ruben Neves they do have a man who likes to try his luck from range this season and the Portuguese midfield may look to pull out his party piece this weekend. Only Kevin De Bruyne (33) has had more shots from outside the box than Neves’ 30 in the Premier League this season.
22 May 2022 – Liverpool 3-1 Wolves – Premier League
4 December 2021 – Wolves 0-1 Liverpool – Premier League
15 March 2021 – Wolves 0-1 Liverpool – Premier League
Liverpool are now unbeaten in nine matches against Wolves across all competitions, with eight wins. The only time they have failed to beat Wolves in that run was the 2-2 draw in the FA Cup third round last month, though Liverpool emerged victorious in the replay.