Liverpool return to Premier League action on Sunday evening as they face Wolves at Anfield, hoping to keep the pressure on at the top of the table.
Chelsea went top of the league following their win against Leeds on Saturday night but the Reds could go back top on Sunday, depending on the Tottenham Hotspur result earlier in the day.
Jurgen Klopp still has a long injury list to contend with ahead of the visit of Nuno Espirito Santo’s side but was boosted by the news earlier this week that both Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold have returned to first-team training.
The England international has been sidelined since picking up an injury against Manchester City before the international break but we feel that he could be straight back into the Reds’ first-team on Sunday evening.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Klopp to line his side up against Wolves, with two changes from the starting XI that beat Ajax in midweek…
Caoimhin Kelleher should keep his place in goal after an impressive display in the midweek win against Ajax, with Fabinho and Joel Matip unsurprisingly selected ahead of him at centre-back.
Andrew Robertson should be fit to face Wolves despite picking up a knock against the Duch side, as he went on to complete 90 minutes against Erik ten Hag’s side.
There’s one change in defence, as Alexander-Arnold, who earns £40k per week at Liverpool, returns from injury to reclaim his spot at right-back, with Neco Williams dropping to the bench after struggling in recent fixtures, most notably against Brighton when he gave away a penalty.
The academy graduate was heavily praised by talkSPORT pundit Ray Parlour earlier this year, as he said:
“If he continues putting in those stats, like Cafu says, he will be up there for a Ballon d’Or, there’s no question about it.
“The amount of assists he gets is an absolute weapon to have for any side.”
He will certainly have to be at his best if he wants to help keep this dangerous Wolves side quiet, with Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence and Adama Traore all likely to be a threat on Sunday.
There’s one other change to Klopp’s side, as Curtis Jones drops to the bench, despite scoring in midweek, in order to accommodate Roberto Firmino back in the Liverpool attack, with the front four likely to cause problems if they interchange throughout the match, whilst Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum mop things up in midfield.
It will be interesting to see how Klopp opts to set his team up for what will undoubtedly be a tough game against the Old Gold, with the Reds hoping to continue their impressive home run.
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