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Liverpool received some respite from their dismal season midweek as they completed a 4-0 aggregate victory over Leipzig in Budapest.
Jurgen Klopp will have been pleased with the number of chances his side created, if not the lack of clinical finishing that could have seen a larger margin of victory than the 2-0 scoreline on the night, but his side need to pick up points fast domestically if they’re to land a top-four finish.
The Reds have now lost an incredible six of seven league outings, including defeats in each of their past five at Anfield following a 68-game unbeaten streak there. Away from home, they’ve won four of seven matches, which although not strikingly brilliant, represents a decent return nonetheless.
Although it’s at the back where Liverpool have suffered horrendously with injuries, the misfiring attack has been the main source of concern in recent weeks as they’ve drawn a blank in three of four league appearances.
Failure to land a blow hosting Fulham last time out was particularly concerning, but they have still registered nine goals across their past four road trips as they scored at least once in each.
Wolves aren’t exactly enjoying a fine campaign either and after back-to-back seventh-place finishes, they’re languishing down in 12th this time around.
They too have had their problems at the sharp end as they’ve failed to score in five of 10 appearances in all competitions since late January, with all of these fixtures coming against top-flight clubs, including a goalless stalemate with Aston Villa last time out as they were guilty of wasting several gilt-edged chances.
Under 2.5 Goals
The long-term absence of star striker Raul Jimenez has clearly had a detrimental impact on their fortunes. Wolves have scored 43% more goals with the Mexican in the starting line-up over the course of their current top-flight stay, losing 48% of the 21 matches he’s missed, compared to just 28% of the 83 games he’s started.
In a further frustration for Nuno Espirito Santo, he’s also been without fellow attacker Daniel Podence in recent weeks, so we’re unconvinced that his side will be able to take advantage of Liverpool’s depleted backline.
Fabinho has spent the majority of the season as a makeshift centre-back, but he underlined his importance in midfield midweek against Leipzig. With Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips registering a clean sheet at the back, it would be a surprise if Klopp altered with that formula.
Liverpool have won all five league meetings with Wolves since the latter returned to the top flight, conceding just the solitary goal across these fixtures, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if they were to register another shutout.
Liverpool To Win 1-0, 2-0, 2-1
This may well not be a game full of chances. Across all competitions, each of the visitor’s last six have finished 1-0 or 2-0 to one side or the other.
Meanwhile, eight of Wolves’ past 11 appearances have also featured fewer than three goals. The return of Fabinho to the centre of the park should see the Reds’ fortunes improve, and they should just shade this encounter.