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Dec 6, 2020 at 7.15pm UK
LiverpoolLiverpool
4-0
WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers
Salah (24'), Wijnaldum (58'), Matip (67'), Semedo (78' og.)
Williams (3')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Moutinho (89')
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How Liverpool could line up against Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Sports Mole looks at how Liverpool could line up for Sunday's Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.

Liverpool will play as Premier League champions in front of their own fans for the very first time on Sunday when they welcome 2,000 supporters back to Anfield for the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Reds sit joint-top of the table despite a crippling injury crisis and will look to extend their unbeaten home run in the league to a whopping 65th match.

However, they take on a Wolves side in the midst of their best start to a top-flight season for more than 40 years, and victory for the visitors on Sunday would take them to within one point of their hosts.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Jurgen Klopp could set his side up for the contest.



Out: Alisson Becker (hamstring), Joe Gomez (knee), Virgil van Dijk (knee), Thiago Alcantara (knee), James Milner (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Xherdan Shaqiri (muscle)
Doubtful: Trent Alexander-Arnold (calf), Naby Keita (hamstring), Andrew Robertson (ankle), Jordan Henderson (knock)

> Click here for Liverpool's latest injury and suspension news ahead of this match

Liverpool's list of possible absentees has now swelled up to a full 11, including at least seven players who would arguably make their strongest XI.

Jordan Henderson and Andrew Robertson both picked up knocks during the midweek win over Ajax and will be assessed ahead of this match as a result, potentially leaving Klopp without his entire first-choice back five.

Both the skipper and the left-back are expected to recover in time for this match, though, while there were also positive updates regarding Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita, both of whom are now back in training.

Barring any setbacks, the duo should be in contention for this weekend, although considering they have both missed time recently with muscle injuries Klopp may err on the side of caution and ease them back into things from the bench.

Alisson remains out after missing the win over Ajax, meaning that Caoimhin Kelleher will get the gloves having overtaken Adrian in the goalkeeping pecking order at Anfield.

The 22-year-old kept a clean sheet on his Champions League debut in midweek and has earned high praise from Klopp since. He will be hoping to fare better than Adrian, who conceded nine goals in his two Premier League outings when filling in for Alisson earlier this season.

Thiago, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri all remain out, although Oxlade-Chamberlain is nearing a return from the knee injury which has kept him out for the entire season so far.

Liverpool's progress into the Champions League last 16 as group winners means that they do not have to rest anyone with one eye on their midweek game against Midtjylland, while the five days since their last outing will feel like a luxury in the current schedule.

Klopp will therefore not have to worry about rotating the fit players he does have available, which means that the front four of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota could all start.

Jota netted 16 goals in 67 Premier League games for Wolves and is well on his way to smashing that total for Liverpool already; a goal this weekend would see him join Stephen Hunt as the only players to score both for and against Wolves in the Premier League era.

It would also see him become only the fourth player in Premier League history to score in each of their first five home games for a specific club - a feat only previously achieved by Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand at Newcastle United and Jermain Defoe at Portsmouth.


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