Liverpool are back in Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to Molineux to face Wolves.
The Reds smashed Aston Villa 3-0 in gameweek four to enter September’s international break with three consecutive Premier League wins, which also includes victories over Bournemouth and Newcastle United. They are third in the Premier League standings and could temporarily go on top with a win over Gary O’Neil’s Wolves, who have struggled in the opening weeks of the new season.
Jurgen Klopp has plenty to ponder when it comes to team selection, with injuries, suspension and late returns from international duty to play a big role in his final decisions.
Liverpool Team News
Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to miss the game at Wolves due to a hamstring injury suffered in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa, Klopp confirmed in his pre-match presser. Offering an update on other injury concerns ahead of the game, the German tactician said that both Darwin Nunez and Ibrahima Konate are available for selection.
Thiago Alcantara is back on grass but is not available, while Virgil van Dijk has been slapped with an additional one-match ban for his angry reaction towards the match officials after being dismissed against Newcastle.
Predicted Liverpool lineup vs Wolves (4-3-3)
Alisson Becker continues to be an important figure in goal for the Reds. The Brazilian will be hoping to keep back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League when Liverpool travel to Wolves on Saturday.
In front of Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury absence should see Joe Gomez deputise at right-back. Ibrahima Konate has recovered from his muscle injury and is ready to start in central defence, where he will be able to partner Joel Matip in the absence of suspended Virgil van Dijk. Meanwhile, Andy Robertson is an easy pick at left-back.
Summer signings Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai have started the campaign very well, adding much-needed energy, gusto and creativity to the Liverpool midfield that was lacking for large parts last term. They will operate as the No.8s, with another summer recruit Wataru Endo tasked with the responsibility of holding things together from the No.6 position.
Deadline-day acquisition Ryan Gravenberch was spotted in training on Thursday and he could be involved in the travelling squad against Wolves.
Despite coming off at half time in Uruguay’s 2-1 loss to Ecuador, Darwin Nunez is fit and available for selection. However, Klopp is unlikely to risk Nunez from the start, meaning Diogo Jota could lead the Liverpool attack at Molineux.
Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah will start on either flank for the visitors as they look to link up with Jota and create chaos for the Wolves’ defence. Nunez and Gakpo will be on the bench, vying for their opportunities to make an impact in the second half.
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