Thu. Oct 22nd, 2020

LIVE: Liverpool vs Wolves

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16′ Wolves can barely get out of their half so far. Liverpool have had 69% possession in these opening minutes.

15′ It’s all Liverpool at the moment. Vinagre concedes a corner to Liverpool and the home side take it quickly. The ball lands to Wijnaldum in the box but the Dutchman snatches at the chance and balloons his shot over the bar.

13′ Neves looks up and tries to find Jota but Gomez has it covered. Liverpool go up the other end and Lallana tries to wing a cross across goal, to no avail. 

11′ Henderson pings the ball wide to Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool get a throw down their right. Salah plays a clever one-two with Lallana and bears down on goal from a tight angle. His first cross is blocked, and Wolves defenders dive in to stop his shot at goal too.

10′ Coady booms the ball forward for Jota but it lands straight through to Alisson. Wolves are struggling to keep the ball for more than a few seconds at a time with Liverpool players on them like a flash.

8′ Wolves get a spot of luck as Jonny’s fluffed clearance bounces straight into Salah, only for a foul to be given for handball. Shortly after, Lallana also handles as he jumps over Coady’s challenge.

6′ Neto knocks the ball forward and gets into a footrace with Gomez which the Liverpool defender wins. It’ll be a Wolves corner. Moutinho delivers an outswinger towards the far post. Liverpool don’t fully clear it but win a free-kick in the scramble.

5′ Wolves knew they were in for a hard game before they arrived. Coady nods the ball out for a Liverpool throw. Liverpool lose possession and Wolves try to counter, but Neto is offside.

4′ The first chance of the game comes Liverpool’s way! Alexander-Arnold rolls the ball across the face of goal for Salah to tap in but Liverpool’s talisman somehow fires over! One senses there’ll be plenty more opportunities to come for the home side.

3′ Robertson lofts the ball over the top for Salah to chase onto. The Egyptian holds the ball up in the box and plays it right to Alexander-Arnold, whose thumping shot from distance is blocked.

2′ Liverpool gain possession early on and go on the attack down their left through Robertson. Jonny, who’s switched from left wing-back to right wing-back today, shepherds the ball out for a goal-kick.

1′ Off we go, then! Wolves get the two teams’ final game of the 2010s underway!

The two sides are out on the Anfield pitch! Liverpool are wearing their iconic all-red home kit, complete with a new FIFA Champions Badge. Wolves will play in their usual old gold shirts and black shorts.

Anfield has long been a formidable fortress for Liverpool. The Reds are unbeaten in their last 49 Premier League home games and have won their last 16 in a row, scoring at least twice in each of those games. Wolves have won just one of their ten Premier League visits here – will the effort of having overturned Man City sap them or spur them on?

There’s no let-up from their Liverpool side. Klopp names an almost identical team from the one that dismantled Leicester, making just the one change as Lallana replaces Keita in midfield. Wolves make four changes to the side that beat Man City at Molineux as Bennett, Kilman, Vinagre and Jota come in.

SUBS: Romain Saiss, Patrick Cutrone, Raul Jimenez, Owen Otasowie, Adama Traore, Matt Doherty, John Ruddy.

WOLVES (3-5-2): Rui Patricio; Ryan Bennett, Conor Coady (c), Max Kilman; Jonny, Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Vinagre; Pedro Neto, Diogo Jota.

SUBS: Adrian, Curtis Jones, Divock Origi, Naby Keita, James Milner, Harvey Elliott, Neco Williams.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joseph Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson (c), Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

Wolves arrive at Anfield after an astonishing late win over Manchester City which showcased their own tenacity and talent. They’ve already proven they can test the best teams in this league – but can they do it away to the world champions?

Two days on from their thumping win away to Leicester City, Liverpool aren’t arrogant enough to believe they’ve won the Premier League yet. With the games coming thick and fast at this time of year, Jurgen Klopp’s men will want to keep their distance from their nearest challengers.

Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Wolves at Anfield.

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