News From Liverpool: 10 key things to know ahead of Liverpool vs. Wolves

Premier League (38) | Anfield
Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 4pm (BST)

The Reds have taken the title race to the final day of the season, having scrapped their way to a 2-1 win at Southampton in midweek.

Wolves head to Anfield on Sunday, and while victory is imperative for Jurgen Klopps men, attention will also be on events at the Etihad. It makes for an intriguing final day ahead!

Here are 10 things to know ahead of the final league game of the season.

With goal difference almost certain to play no part in proceedings now Liverpool would need to draw and City lose the task is very straightforward for the Reds.

They must see off Wolves by any scoreline necessary and then hope that the Gerrard narrative goes into overdrive in Manchester.

A draw or a win for Villa would be enough to seal title glory for Liverpool, assuming they get the job done on Merseyside.

It could be a thriller, or both the Reds and City could win easily whatever happens, this has been a remarkable effort by Klopp and his players.

Wolves have enjoyed a positive season overall, with Bruno Lage coming in and making them an expertly-drilled defensive outfit.

At one point, a top-four finish wasnt completely out of the question, but things have gone flat in recent weeks, following no wins since April 2.

The Wanderers now look nailed-on to finish eighth in the Premier League, meaning they will miss out on the last European spot to West Ham.

With the likes of Ruben Neves and Conor Coady potentially moving on this summer, it could be tough to repeat this feat next season.

Wolves havent had a game since their 1-1 draw at home to Norwich last Sunday, meaning Lages players are well-rested.

It means the Portuguese should be able to field his strongest-possible starting lineup, with no new injuries to report.

Nelson Memedo and Max Kilman are still out, though.

Neves could be playing his last game for the club in midfield, as could Coady and Romain Saiss, both of whom could start in a back-three.

Predicted Wolves XI: Sa; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri; Hwang, Neto, Jimenez

Fabinho is still missing from Liverpools midfield, but he has confirmed that he will be fit for the Champions League final.

Joe Gomez may also miss out after injuring his ankle in the win at Southampton, although the issue isnt thought to be serious, thankfully.

Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah could return after brief absences with Klopp eager to restore some rhythm ahead of Paris, but the Reds will take no risks.

There is sure to be one eye on the Real Madrid clash, but Sunday is still potentially a huge day one that could end with Liverpool as Premier League champions.

For that reason, a far stronger team will be fielded than the one at St Marys on Tuesday, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane all likely coming back in.

Van Dijk and Salah are harder to predict and they will surely only feature if Klopp believes they are at absolute full fitness.

Possible Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson; Henderson, Thiago, Keita; Salah, Diaz, Mane

Speaking to the media, Klopp confirmed Divock Origi would leave Liverpool this summer, adding that he would receive a special reception on Sunday:

Yes, I expect Div to get a special reception, farewell. He is and will be, for me, forever a Liverpool legend.

One of the most important players I ever had, that sounds completely strange with the amount of games he had but it was, and is, a pure joy to work together with him.

Its not over yet just because its the last Premier League game, but, yes, he deserves all the good thoughts we can generate for his future.

Wherever he will go he will be successful, 100 percent. An outstanding player, an outstanding boy. Everybody in the team absolutely loves him because hes just a relaxed, loveable guy.

A 94th-minute winner to clinch the title, is it? Oh, go on then

Liverpool have every reason to feel positive going into Sundays match, not least their record against Wolves at Anfield.

In fact, the Wanderers havent tasted success there in the league since way back in December 2010, during the dire Roy Hodgson era.

Since then, Liverpool have won all four league clashes at Anfield, although Wolves did win 2-1 on the Reds home soil in the FA Cup in 2017.

Liverpool must beat Wolves this weekend and that is exactly the same scenario they found themselves in on the final day of the 2018/19 campaign.

Similarly, Klopps side were hoping for a favour from another team, with Brighton looking to take points off City at the Amex Stadium.

For a brief minute literally! it looked as though glory may be coming Liverpools way, as the Seagulls took a first-half lead.

Pep Guardiolas side responded immediately and went on to win 4-1, though, rendering the Reds 2-0 win over Wanderers meaningless.

Can we all take those emotions again?!

It has been confirmed that Anthony Taylor will referee Sundays game, with Stuart Attwell on VAR duty.

This will be Taylors fifth and final Liverpool match of the season, with the other four games all Premier League fixtures.

The 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea was followed by the legendary 5-0 win away to Man United, before he oversaw the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in January.

Taylor was also in charge of the 2-2 draw at City last month quite why he gets so many big games, I dont know!

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool vs. Wolves (4pm BST) is one of Sky Sports matches of choice, with coverage getting underway on Sky Sports Premier League at 3pm.

If you are unable to watch the action, a pensive Dan Clubbe will be guiding you through proceedings on TIAs matchday live blog, as well as keeping you up-to-date with the City game.

Come on you Reds!

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