Liverpool vs Wolves: Liverpool travels to Wolves on Friday for Matchday 18. The Reds are 14-3-0 and area the only undefeated team remaining in the league. Wolves was a targeted attempt to terrorise Liverpool at set-pieces, the second was an exquisite example of how to catch out an inexperienced defence on the counter-attack.
Wolves vs Liverpool This might help explain the story so far. Liverpool can’t get the ball out of midfield because Wolves have dropped deep in numbers, and Wolves are just using the ball really. History will record Wolves’ victory over Liverpool as an FA Cup shock, but the most damning verdict for Jürgen Klopp is that few were surprised.
The sight of a Championship club celebrating victory over a Premier League titan is what replenishes this competition, but from the moment Klopp’s teamsheet was printed, Paul Lambert must have sensed the possibilities. How his side grasped them. Take away the name, take away the status and ignore the venue. This was a pale imitation of Liverpool.
Liverpool: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still out with his ligament injury suffered in April, while Joel Matip isn’t expected back till January. Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to miss this game but could be available for Boxing Day as he recovers from a foot injury.
Wolves: Left-back Jonny Castro has been out since mid-November with a knee injury, but there is a chance he’ll be back for Boxing Day. He’s expected to miss this one.
Liverpool will view Friday night’s game as an excellent opportunity to keep their winning run going – which will further pressure Manchester City.
If the Reds can go unbeaten into 2019 it’ll be a massive statement of intent. Newcastle are their last game of the calendar year and while Rafa Benitez has the Magpies well drilled, they should lack the quality to beat Liverpool.