WOLVES VS. LIVERPOOL
| Monday, March 15th |
Premier League | Molineux Stadium
8PM GMT/3PM EST
Liverpool won the last football match they played against RB Leipzig in the Champions League, and progressed to the quarter finals. Back home in the Premier League, things have been rough, and the European royalty currently sit eighth in the league table.
The consolation perhaps is that Wolves is having an even rougher season and sit thirteenth. It’s also an away game, and we’re relieved of the possibility of losing a seventh successive home game for a couple of weeks.
We might see the return of the successful center-back pairing of Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips, who delivered an earnest performance in the game against Leipzig. However the pace of attackers like Adama Traore may prompt Jurgen Klopp to deploy Fabinho in the backline once again, to offer some experience, and play more conservatively.
Wolves have failed to win their last three Premier League games, and will be looking to stay afloat in the Premier League, while Liverpool will continue to fight for a top four spot. Both teams have had poor first half performances this season, resurrecting games in the second half.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum, Fabinho; Salah, Mane, Jota
On Liverpool’s injury list are captain Jordan Henderson, and all the senior center-backs. Bobby Firmino missed the last two games due to a knock, and the medical team assessed his condition following Jurgen Klopp’s presser, so his availability is still a question mark.
Diogo Jota however is back to full fitness, and will be available to partner with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in a front three against his former club, as he did against Leipzig.
Wolves are without Daniel Podence, and are still missing star playmaker Jimenez, although he has returned to light training.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “I have a lot of sympathy for what Nuno is doing because he is doing an incredible job. This is just a strange year and you cannot replace one to one a player with the quality of Raul Jiminez. That’s clear.”
Nuno Espirito Santo: “The quality, the talent and the achievements that the club and Jurgen have done is amazing and we’re going to face a very talented squad, a very good football team who have a fantastic approach and idea on the game.
Referee: Craig Pawson. Assistants: Lee Betts, Harry Lennard. Fourth official: Mike Dean. VAR: Andy Madley. Assistant VAR: Darren Cann.
Kickoff is set for 8PM GMT/3PM EST on Monday, 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.