Opposition View: Wolves vs Liverpool

Ahead of the Reds' final game before the International break, LFCTR get a Wolves perspective on the upcoming fixture.
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It is fair to say that Liverpool have hit a stumbling block in this season's Premier League. Since their 7-0 demolition job of Crystal Palace back in December, Jurgen Klopp's side have only picked up 12 points from a possible 42. 

However, following their midweek Champions League win against RB Leipzig, the Reds may feel more confident about their next league match against Wolves on Monday. 

Ahead of the game, LFC Transfer Room spoke to Ryan Leister (@MrRyanLeister) from Birmingham Live (@birmingham_live) and Dave Azzopardi (@daveazzopardi) from Talking Wolves (@TalkingWolves) to answer a few questions from an opposition perspective.

Joel Matip celebrates after scoring Liverpool's 3rd goal against Wolves. 

Joel Matip celebrates after scoring Liverpool's 3rd goal against Wolves. 

Considering Liverpool’s recent form, how confident are you that Wolves can get a result on Monday?

RyanIf it was at Anfield, I’d probably feel more confident, but with the way Wolves set up and it being away for you, I think that swings it in Liverpool’s favour.

Saying that, if Wolves are to get a positive result, I think it would come from wide areas as well as the space that Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold leave behind them when Liverpool attack.

Liverpool look vulnerable defensively, but Wolves can only exploit that if they are brave, which recently they haven’t been, especially in first half performances.

Dave: Liverpool’s league form may well be poor at the moment but Wolves just can’t seem to score goals! I think a certain percentage of Wolves fans will be confident and hoping to win but with your recent Champions League win, it’ll be tough.

How do you expect Wolves to line up?

Ryan: Willy Boly is back from injury and has been a sub for the last few games, but I would expect him to come back in.

Willian José hasn’t scored or really had much of an influence in games since his arrival, so I think Fabio Silva will start through the middle.

Lineup: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore, Silva, Neto

Dave: We have been fielding a 3-4-3 formation recently and I’d expect us to stick with the same system. We defended really deep against Manchester City a few weeks ago and I’ll be intrigued to see if Nuno goes for that again or whether he thinks we have the ability to attack Liverpool more.

Lineup: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Johnny; Traore, Willian José, Neto

Who is a bigger loss for their respective side: Virgil van Dijk or Raul Jimenez?

Ryan: Although it doesn’t feel like it, Wolves aren’t actually that far off where they were this time last year in terms of points.

Raúl has been a huge loss and nobody has missed him more than Pedro Neto and Adama Traore.

I’d have to say that van Dijk is a bigger miss though, as pre injury we were talking about the best centre back in the world. Although Liverpool have had lots of injuries, he’s the one that took Liverpool up a level when he joined from Southampton. 

Dave: I’d probably say Raul Jimenez. I know Van Dijk is huge for Liverpool but I believe they still have talent in the squad to mount a top four or title push. Our only source of goals is through Jimenez and you can see that this season. 

A lot of Wolves fans will be wondering what this season would have been like if Jimenez was available.

Where do you see Wolves finishing this season?

Ryan: I don’t see Wolves being far away from where they are now (12th). But if they were a little more positive and braver with their approach, they could move up a few places.

Wolves could also see the return of Daniel Podence and Raúl in the next few weeks, so obviously that would be a huge boost for everyone.

Dave: It looks like a bit of a nothing season for Wolves now. I think it’s too late for us to mount a European push and I don’t think we’ll be going down so I’m expecting a finish between 10th and 12th.

Match prediction?

Ryan: I have absolutely no idea how this one will go, but I’m convinced Diogo Jota will score at some stage, because that’s what football does!

Despite Liverpool’s poor run, Wolves will need to significantly up it if they are to get a positive result.

Dave: I’m going to be very brave and go with my heart, 2-1 Wolves win!

LFCTR Verdict

Firstly, LFCTR would like to thank Ryan and Dave for their cooperation, which has made this article possible.

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The game is clearly up in the air since both sides have looked a shadow of their usual selves as of late. 

Wolves' last home game may fill them with confidence, a 1-0 victory over Leeds, whilst Liverpool arrive at Molineux on the back of a midweek European triumph against RB Leipzig.

Whichever way it goes, this is set to be yet another enthralling contest between the sides. Come May, will we look back at this game as the turning point in Liverpool's Premier League season?