Football Predictions

Liverpool vs Wolves preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 12:18, 29 December 2019 | Updated: 10:37, 15 January 2020

Liverpool go into this game knowing that, before the turn of the new year, they already have one hand on the Premier League trophy.

They brushed aside yet another one of their title rivals at the King Power on Thursday with an emphatic 0-4 victory over Leicester, meaning they are a whopping 13 points clear with a game in hand over the Foxes and Manchester City.

A big reason for City being so far behind Klopp’s side is their displays against Wolves this season. Nuno’s men came from 0-2 down to dramatically defeat the champions 3-2 on Friday, meaning that they became just the second side ever to complete a league double over Pep Guardiola.

Wolves’ form has significantly improved since the start of the season, but can anyone stop Liverpool at the moment?

When is Liverpool vs Wolves and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Anfield

Date: Sunday, 29 December 2019

Kick-off: 4:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Live on Sky Sports Premier League

Last five meetings: Liverpool vs Wolves

12 May 2019: Liverpool 2-0 Wolves (Premier League)

7 January 2019: Wolves 2-1 Liverpool (FA Cup)

21 December 2018: Wolves 0-2 Liverpool (Premier League)

28 January 2017: Liverpool 1-2 Wolves (FA Cup)

31 January 2012: Wolves 0-3 Liverpool (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Liverpool (WLWLW) 9-4 Wolves (LWLWL)

Ones to watch

Liverpool: Divock Origi

Liverpool’s outrageously busy December is in full swing and, following their crucial win at Leicester, don’t be surprised to see Klopp rest some of his star players. Divock Origi is very much the first reserve when it comes to Liverpool’s attacking options and he invariably delivers when called upon.

Key stat: Origi has as many goals has he does starts (three) in the Premier League this season.

Wolves: Adama Traore

Very few men in the Premier League are playing as well as Adama Traore is currently. The winger has finally added some end product to his game, meaning that he is now a near-perfect winger. Against fatigued legs on the counter-attack, he could be absolutely devastating if on song at Anfield.

Key stat: Adama Traore has scored more goals this season (four) as he has in his previous three combined (one).

Team news

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp is likely to rotate his side after a remarkably busy month for his side. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Fabinho are all unavailable.

Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner; Shaqiri, Origi, Mane.

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Wolves

Nuno’s men have been afforded a day less rest than Liverpool, so are also likely to rotate. Willy Boly and Morgan Gibbs-White remain long-term absentees.

Predicted XI: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Vallejo; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Vinagre; Jiminez, Traore.

Squawka prediction

Very few sides are better against the top sides than Wolves, but one simply cannot envisage Liverpool losing to anyone given the form they’re in. They’ll be given a good game, however.

Scoreline prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Wolves

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