Fans will be seen at Anfield for the first time in the 2020/21 season when defending champions Liverpool host Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend in the league. Owing to the pandemic, the Reds have played most of their games this year in front of an empty stadium, but with regulations being relaxed, around 2,000 fans are set to be present at Anfield on Sunday evening.
Since Wolves returned to the top flight in 2018, Liverpool have won all four league clashes between the two sides. Two of those victories were by single goal margins (2-1 and 1-0) while the others saw the Reds prevail by identical 2-0 scorelines.
Liverpool go into this game on the back of a draw against Brighton at the Amex last weekend- normally a disappointing result, but perhaps a decent point given the state of their injury-hit squad. They also ground out a 1-0 win in the Champions League against Ajax on Tuesday to seal their passage into the next round.
Wolves will be full of confidence after their fine 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend. Not many teams go to North London and come away with all three points against Mikel Arteta’s men, so this was a fine result for the Midlands outfit.
Liverpool are second in the league table going into this weekend’s round of fixtures while Wolves are in 7th but only four points separate the two sides in the league standings. Given Liverpool’s impressive home league record (they are on a 64 game unbeaten streak), it perhaps come as no surprise that the Reds are 5/9 favourites in the pre-game odds courtesy the sites here. Wolves are being quoted at 6/1 at the time of writing.
The visitors will be without Raul Jimenez, who suffered a nasty head injury in a collision with Arsenal defender David Luiz. Adama Traore was a real handful for the Gunners and could potentially be in line for another start this weekend as Wolves aim to break their opponents’ unbeaten run. The Reds are also likely to have an inexperienced keeper under the sticks in the form of Caoimhin Kelleher, and Wolves will be keen to test him as much as possible.
Diogo Jota has been in excellent form for Liverpool this season, and will be looking to put one across his former employers. He also turned 24 this week, and there’ll be no better birthday present than a goal to help his side win this crucial league fixture. While Liverpool had European commitments in midweek, Wolves had no such issues and therefore come into this game as a better rested team. However thanks to their win over Ajax, Liverpool’s next Champions League game is not a must-win to qualify, and Jurgen Klopp can instead focus his entire attention on this clash against Nuno Espirito Santos’ men.