Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
| Sunday, May 12, 2019 |
Premier League | Anfield
3PM GMT/10AM EST
Well, here we are. The end of the season has arrived, and somehow it feels both like it’s arrived way too quickly and like we’ve all aged 100 years since Liverpool took the pitch against West Ham back in August.
37 games and 94 points later, Liverpool come face to face with a win-or-perish final game against Wolves — when even winning might not be enough to get them to the peak of the Premier League. But just win. Win and they have a chance. Win and they can say they did everything in their collective power to bring another title back to Merseyside. Only a win will do. If they only draw, not even Manchester City losing would their final match against Brighton would be enough to push them over the top.
Wolves, for their part, have had an excellent season. They ended up firmly in seventh, no matter what the outcome of Sunday’s match. They’ve won their last three in a row. Furthermore, both Wolves and, down south, Brighton will likely both be extraordinarily up for these matches, due to the attention on both games, and with the idea of being the deciding factor of the title race a hefty incentive on the final day. Everyone wants to leave their own imprint on history.
Mohamed Salah should rejoin the Reds after missing the Barcelona game due to a head injury. He could be on his way to another Golden Boot after this game. Roberto Firmino, however, remains on the sidelines for this one. You know what that means though, right? Divock Origi double hat trick, baby.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Origi, Mané
We heard a lot of “he was playing through the pain” talk about Jordan Henderson after the Barcelona game, so it’s possible that Klopp starts him on the bench. However, I think that the captain will do everything in his power to make it on the pitch for this crucial final game. Robertson should also return to action after being subbed out of the Barcelona game with injury.
Wolves have no fresh injuries to contend with and will likely play the same starting XI that’s been largely responsible for securing seventh place for the newly promoted side.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “They are a talented team. They have Moutinho in midfield, Ruben Neves in midfield and whoever plays with the boys there, Dendoncker or whoever, that is just quality. What they have, the quality is big. What they have they created a style of play where everybody signs in, all the players want to be part of that style of play.
Nuno Espírito Santo: “The players are aware of the game and they want to compete just as they always do. We don’t think about other things. We prepare ourselves in exactly the same way as we always do. There is no exception. There was no game that we didn’t prepare the same way with the same details and the same approach, so we’re not going to change in the last game of the season. What happens on the pitch is what you can control, anything outside of that you can’t. Of course it’s a big, big game and we want to play it – we are ready.”
Referee: Martin Atkinson Assistants: Lee Betts, Adam Nunn Fourth official: Stuart Attwell
Kickoff is set for 3PM GMT/10AM 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.