Liverpool are looking to end their Premier League season on a high note against Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men, buoyant following their incredible Champions League turnaround at the expense of Barcelona – which saw the Reds reach a ninth European Cup final, can potentially go to Madrid next month as English champions.
They will, however, need leaders Manchester City to slip up at Brighton & Hove Albion whilst simultaneously beating this season’s surprise package Wolves at Anfield.
Read on for Liverpool v Wolves TV channel info, stats, predicted XIs and team news.
When is Liverpool v Wolves?
Competition: Premier League
Date: Sunday, May 12
Kick-off: 3:00 PM BST
Where can I watch live?
Liverpool v Wolves can be viewed on Sky Sports in the UK. Viewers can watch the game on Sky Sports Premier League, channel 402 on Sky, and 512 for Virgin Media users.
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This will be the 103rd meeting between the clubs and first at Liverpool’s home since September 2011; back then a Roger Johnson own goal coupled with Luis Suárez gave The Reds a 2-1 win, Steven Fletcher getting one back for the visitors. You have to only go back a season prior for the last time Wolves left Anfield with all three points; a second-half Stephen Ward goal on that occasion gave Mick McCarthy’s side a rare win.
Liverpool wins: 49 Draws: 17 Wolves wins: 36
Wolves travel to Merseyside having secured their best ever Premier League finish. Nuno Espírito Santo’s side, who last season escaped the Championship, can no longer drop below seventh place. It means they’ve achieved their best top-flight position for 39 years. Much of their success has been down to a mean rearguard, Wolves currently have the joint fourth best defence, having conceded 44 goals across 37 matches.
But whoever Espírito Santo fields on Sunday will be under the cosh. Only Manchester City (91) have scored more Premier League goals than Liverpool (87), and Klopp’s charges failed to score once in their last 19 home league games. And goals they must bag, as things are there’s an outside chance of Liverpool ending a 29-year championship wait, but unlike Tuesday’s miracle, their fate on Sunday is not in their hands.
Can Wolves spring another surprise?
Liverpool will be wary this weekend. If they could personally handpick an opponent for their final game, knowing a win could lead to gold, it’s doubtful they would have gone for Wolves who this season been making a habit of blooding the nose of England’s ‘big six’.
In their previous 11 matches, they’ve claimed four wins and three defeats. Of those victories, just one (at Tottenham Hotspur) has come away from home. That being said, they’ve suffered one loss on the road (at Manchester City).
Could we get another Anfield party?
The events of May 7, 2019, will forever be etched in Anfield folklore. Liverpool did the unthinkable and overturned a 3-0 Champions League semi-final first leg deficit to dump competition favourites Barcelona out. And believe it or not, something even bigger, say historic, could take place just a few days later.
The Reds are still in this compelling Premier League title race with Manchester City and if Pep Guardiola’s defending champions misfire at the Amex then expect Klopp’s heroes to pick up the pieces thus subsequently ending a long 29-year wait to be England’s first team. Even if they only manage to delay winning a 19th league crown then supporters must be proud as focus immediately switches to lifting a sixth European Cup at Tottenham Hotspur’s expense.
Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita are missing for the hosts. Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson should be fine according to Klopp who could have Mohamed Salah available following last weekend’s head injury at Newcastle United. Meanwhile, Wolves have no injury doubts heading into the final weekend and Espirito Santo is expected to field his strongest eleven.
How everyone thinks Liverpool and Wolves will line up
1. Salah in, Shaqiri out
In the end, Liverpool didn’t need their most valuable player, not when they had Divock Origi waiting in the wings. But, in all seriousness, this is a game tailor-made for Mohamed Salah, who couldn’t feature against Barcelona due to a head injury sustained in the win over Newcastle United last weekend. He’s back and that means a return to the bench for Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Guardian‘s predicted Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Origi, Mane
2. Coady completes perfect season
The former Liverpool youth player has enjoyed a fantastic first season in the Premier League with Wolves who go into this match with a full-strength squad. If Coady plays 90 minutes, he would have played every second of this season.
The Football Expert‘s predicted Wolves XI (3-5-2): Rui Patricio; Ryan Bennett, Conor Coady, Willy Boly; Matt Doherty, Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Jonny Castro; Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota
3. Robertson rested, Milner remains
After a prolonged clash with former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez across the two Champions League legs, Robertson was forced off the pitch with an injury, with substitute Wijnaldum coming on to steal the headlines. Milner reverted to left-back and could remain there for the last league outing of the season.
The Express‘ predicted Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Milner; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Mane, Salah, Origi.
Liverpool are so close to ending their top-flight trophy hoodoo and will be fired up to sign off on a memorable campaign in style.
Wolves will surely be in the mood to ruin the party – but we’re backing Manchester City to do that, meaning Klopp’s men will fall agonisingly short.
Liverpool 2-1 Wolves