The Big Match Tactical View: Liverpool v Wolves

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A win might not be enough for Liverpool, but they'll still go all out for the three points. Michael Cox and Alan Thompson preview the action from Anfield...

"Gini Wijnaldum may have played his way into the side following his brace against Barca."

Liverpool v Wolves
Sunday 15:00, Sky Sports Premier League.
Match Odds: Liverpool 1.331/3, Wolves 12.011/1, The Draw 6.25/1.

After the remarkable comeback against Barcelona on Tuesday, Liverpool go again at Anfield on Sunday, against a Wolverhampton Wanderers side guaranteed seventh place - and therefore a Europa League place if Watford fail to beat Manchester City in next weekend's FA Cup final.

Klopp to play his strongest XI

Liverpool must beat Wolves here, and hope for a miracle down on the south coast with Brighton getting a result against Manchester City. That remains somewhat unlikely, but Liverpool will feel compelled to win here, to end the domestic campaign on a high and prove that they didn't fail to win the title because of any kind of bottling - they were simply outperformed by a sensational City side.

With four days of rest since the Barcelona game and nearly a fortnight until the Champions League final against Tottenham, Klopp is unlikely to feel the need to rotate heavily here. Alisson will be in goal behind a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson. The full-backs are particularly important to Liverpool's attacking gameplan, with Alexander-Arnold's genius corner for Divock Origi's winner against Barca underlining his quality.

Salah is fit

In midfield, Gini Wijnaldum may have played his way into the side following his brace against Barca. James Milner or Jordan Henderson will probably drop out - the latter was clearly struggling physically in that game and did well to play through the pain barrier - with Fabinho deep in midfield.

Mo Salah should be ready to return after recovering from a head injury against Newcastle last Saturday, but Roberto Firmino is still out. Therefore, expect the in-form Origi to play upfront, with Sadio Mane on the left.

Coady up against his former side

Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves have an excellent record against top-six opposition this season, and they'll be aiming to spoil the party at Anfield. Sitting deep and counter-attacking in a 5-3-2 system, they could cause problems on the break.

Rui Patricio will play behind a back three of Ryan Bennett, Conor Coady and Willy Boly. Coady, a Liverpool youth team product, admits he wants Liverpool to win the league but says he'll be giving 100% here.

Matt Doherty has been arguably the division's outstanding right-sided player along with Alexander-Arnold, while on the left flank Jonny will be the man tasked with stopping Liverpool's right-back.

Dendoncker a goal threat

In midfield, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves are joined by the in-form Leandro Dendoncker, who is given most license to push forward and get into goalscoring positions. He's often left unmarked as opposition defences concentrate on Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez, who combine excellently when provided with direct passes forward. Jimenez comes short and links play while Jota sprints in behind speedily.

Wolves are at their best without the ball, however - their defensive discipline and ability to force teams to play down the flanks before boxing them in is particularly impressive. Liverpool, who rely on their wing-backs for their creativity, might find themselves having to work the ball between the flanks to try and get around Wolves' clever pressing.

I think Wolves will hold out for a decent period here, but ultimately Liverpool will probably have too much for them. I'll back Draw / Liverpool in the Half-Time / Full-Time market, at 4.03/1.

The Betfair Trader's View - Alan Thompson

After pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in European football, Jurgen Klopp and his team must now focus on beating Wolverhampton Wanderers and hoping that an out-of-form Brighton can do them a favour against Manchester City. However, after what we have witnessed this week anything is possible and Liverpool can only look after their own business.

The fixture list could have been kinder as Nuno Espirito's men can now play without any pressure after securing a superb seventh place finish and they have done well against the top six this campaign. The visitors have W6-D4-L3 against them in all competitions and both teams have scored in 11 of those 13 games. The majority of those wins though did come at home but even on the road they are W1-D3-L1.

The Reds may well have kept a valuable clean sheet against Barcelona in midweek but that has been a bit of a rarity recently, they have only kept three clean sheets (two of which came against Huddersfield and Cardiff) in their last eight league outings and they were less than impressive at the back against Newcastle last week, where they were breached twice.

I think Liverpool will get their required win here and that means they will have accumulated 22 points more than they did last season, which is a monumental effort, but I think it will see them come up short in their quest for the title.

I will be backing Liverpoo/Yes in the Match Odds and Both teams to Score market at anything around 3.211/5.

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