Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
| Sunday, December 29th |
Premier League | Anfield
4:30PM GMT/11:30AM EST
Liverpool will kick of their last match of 2019 a full 13 points ahead of the nearest competition, with a game in hand. It’s a good place to be, especially considering the punishing schedule they’ve faced in December. But the Reds have refused to be daunted by petty trivialities like the limits of the human body. They’ve pressed on, winning all of their league games, including a blowout against their nearest rivals Leicester City on Thursday at the King Power Stadium.
But now they’re coming home to Anfield to close out a breathtaking year by taking on Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are fresh off of a come-from-behind victory against Manchester City. Wolves will be looking to take down another giant in the form of the league leaders.
While bigger teams like Manchester United and Arsenal are struggling this season, Wolves are taking full advantage. They’re sitting in fifth place at the moment, a mere two points off of a Champions League spot. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo has done an excellent job getting the best out of his players, and in particular Raul Jimenez, who already has seven goals this season.
Liverpool, meanwhile, hope to make it 10 wins on the bounce. And continue to just...be Liverpool. It’s hard to come up with goals for this team to achieve when they are already the best team on the planet. Keep doing that.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Lallana, Wijnaldum, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Jordan Henderson went off with a knock on Thursday, and so if Klopp has intentions to rotate anyone 72 hours later, it’s surely the captain. The heavy rotating will probably be saved for next Thursday’s game against Sheffield United.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the ranks of the injured, along with Fabinho, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, and Joel Matip.
For Wolves, Willy Boly and Morgan Gibbs-White will be missing from the line-up. Nuno’s men only have 48-hours turnover between this game and their last one against Manchester City, so we’ll see what kind of toll that takes on them on Sunday.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “I really think the job Nuno is doing there is incredible with all the Europa League stress. I think at the beginning of the season they realised a little bit, ‘Oh, that’s different’. But now they are settled completely there, they are there again, Jimenez and Jota are scoring again.”
Nuno Espirito Santo: “I told [my players] to keep doing the same things and finding solutions. More important is that we stayed in the game. We didn’t do that, we conceded the second goal and made it hard for ourselves but it was a fantastic reaction. It was very good, the goals were nice, just very good!”
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Mike Dean. VAR: Simon Hooper. Assistant VAR: Andy Garratt
Kickoff is set for 4:30PM GMT/11:30AM EST tomorrow, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.