Liverpool will walk out at Molineux on Thursday prepared for a big fight. Wolves are trying to get their mojo back after a difficult start to 2020 and nothing would kickstart the hoorah-cycle like being the first team to take maximum points from an unbeaten side sitting high atop the league table.
In light of the punishing task Jürgen Klopp and his team have ahead of them in Wolverhampton, here’s five questions with which to burden your mind.
- Saying Wolves for Wolverhampton Wanderers is one of those colloquialisms that get passed on effortlessly through the years. It’s easy to see why. Wolves is a much more direct name than Wanderers, for a start. Wolves. You get right to the action of it. It’s also a more interesting word to say. Wolves. It’s almost fun. Wanderers is just as it sounds. It meanders, and then it lingers. It’s hardly the kind of word you would use to characterize Nuno Espírito Santo’s side. What word would you use to describe Nuno’s beard?
- Which Liverpool player, besides Dejan Lovren, would use your chapstick without telling you?
- Adama Traoré and Raúl Jiménez. João Moutinho and Rúben Neves. Wolves are a good attacking side. Goals are spread around the team but Jiménez himself has a total of ten this season, along with six assists. On a scale of 1 to grapefruit spoon, how dangerous do you expect Wolves to be at Molineux?
- In the reverse fixture at Anfield, Wolves caused Liverpool’s defense a fair bit of problems. Virgil van Dijk had his pocket picked by Diego Jota, then fell over while in hot pursuit, leaving Alisson to make a save. Trent Alexander-Arnold also ended up rolling on the grass while chasing after a long ball with Rúben Vinagre. Thankfully, the resulting shot was hit wide of the post. Alisson, as ever, had it covered, though. In many matches this season, Alisson has been the difference for Liverpool when something dangerous slipped through Liverpool’s defense. Against Manchester United last Sunday, however, Alisson made a difference at the opposite end of the pitch by launching a perfect ball out to Mohamed Salah after recovering a late corner. Salah scored and the place went wild. Liverpool 2-0 winners. Alisson ran the length of the pitch to celebrate, sliding on his knees for the final five yards to a shirtless Mo. Predict the final score at Molineux. Who knocks them in?
- With Manchester City finding themselves in the news again due to a new trove of information regarding their FFP shenanigans, and also with United magnificently losing by two to Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday, how good is everyone feeling right now?