Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers is the upcoming match as Liverpool will be looking for a favour from Aston Villa against Manchester City with the Premier League trophy up for grabs.
Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Match Preview:
A one-point deficit and worse goal difference means only victory for the Reds will deliver their 20th league title to go with their Carabao Cup and FA Cup crowns, ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid later this month.
Jurgen Klopp’s side engineered a 2-1 win at Southampton in midweek to keep their hopes alive while the manager rested a number of his star players.
Standing in their way of a crack at City’s lead is a Wolves team which last won in the league at Anfield in December 2010, when Mick McCarthy’s side got the better of Roy Hodgson’s Reds.
Klopp admitted that he would like all of the players to play in this game “for rhythm reasons” ahead of the Champions League final, but he is also unlikely to take any risks, particularly over key trio Salah, Van Dijk and Fabinho.
All three could feature from the bench at best, then, with Salah seemingly the most likely to be left out completely despite now only being one goal ahead of Son Heung-min in the Golden Boot standings.
Salah has made no secret of his desire for revengers against Real Madrid in the Champions League final and is unwilling to take any risks which could see him miss the huge showdown in Paris next week.
The first-teamers without injury concerns are likely to return, though, including the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Thiago Alcantara, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane.
Mane is something of a final-day specialist too, having scored six goals in season-closing games before – only Harry Kane has more among currently active Premier League players.
Klopp may also give Divock Origi a fitting Anfield farewell at some stage of the match, having confirmed in his press conference that the club “legend” will leave when his contract expires this summer.
Wolves will still be without Max Kilman (ankle), Nelson Semedo (hamstring) and Romain Saiss (knee) for this final game of the season, but all three should be ready in time for the start of next season – should Saiss remain beyond the end of his current deal.
Daniel Podence did return against Norwich City last time out, though, while Conor Coady should start again despite being taken off at half time of that game for tactical reasons.
There has been growing speculation over the future of Ruben Neves, for whom Sunday’s game could be a final Wolves outing, while his midfield partner Joao Moutinho could also be on his way out, with his contract expiring this summer.
Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Head to Head:
The two teams have locked horns 109 times across competitions. Liverpool enjoy a 56-36 lead in wins, while the spoils have been shared 17 times. The hosts are on a ten-game winning streak in the Premier League against the Wolves, keeping eight clean sheets.
Liverpool are undefeated at home in league fixtures this season, scoring at least one goal in all of their 18 home games.
Recent performances in all competitions:
3-2 win over Villareal
1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur
2-1 win over Aston Villa
0(6) – 0 (5) win over Chelsea
2-1 win over Southampton
1-0 loss against Burnley
3-0 loss against Brighton and Hove Albion
2-2 draw against Chelsea
1-5 loss against Manchester City
1-1 draw against Norwich City
Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Predicted Line-ups:
Liverpool:Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson; Keita, Henderson, Thiago; Mane, Jota, Diaz.
Wolverhampton Wanderers:Sa; Boly, Coady, Toti; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Ait-Nouri; Jimenez, Neto.