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The Opposition Lowdown: Wolverhampton Wanderers

As Liverpool FC prepares for their final Premier League match of the season against Wolves Wanderers at Anfield, fans and pundits alike are eager to see how both teams will perform. This match is more than just another fixture; it’s a culmination of a season’s worth of effort, strategy, and resilience. Here’s a comprehensive look at Wolverhampton Wanderers, their recent form, key players, and what to expect from this crucial game.

Wolves Recent Form

Wolverhampton Wanderers, managed by Gary O’Neil, currently sit 13th in the Premier League table. However, their recent form has been less than stellar, with only one win in their last ten games across all competitions. This victory came against Luton Town on April 27th at Molineux, but since then, Wolves have faced consecutive defeats: a 5-1 thrashing by Manchester City and a 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace.

Despite their struggles, Wolves remain a team with considerable talent and the potential to upset higher-ranked teams. Their recent performances may not reflect their capabilities, making them a dangerous opponent for Liverpool, especially in a high-stakes final game of the season.

Ones to Watch

Wolves boast several players who can significantly impact the game. Matheus Cunha and Hwang Hee-chan, their leading scorers with 14 and 13 goals respectively in all competitions, are key threats. Cunha’s ability to find the back of the net consistently and Hwang’s versatile attacking prowess make them formidable adversaries.

Pedro Neto, who has provided 10 assists this season despite injury setbacks, adds another layer of danger. His return to training this week means he’s likely to feature in the squad, bringing creativity and flair to Wolves’ attack. Additionally, wing-back Rayan Ait-Nouri and captain Max Kilman are integral to Wolves’ strategy, providing stability and experience both defensively and in transitioning play.

Squad News

Heading into the match, Wolves have some injury concerns. While Pedro Neto is expected to be available after returning to training, fellow winger Pablo Sarabia remains a doubt due to a minor injury. This could affect Wolves’ attacking options and their ability to stretch Liverpool’s defense. Moreover, the absence of centre-back Craig Dawson, sidelined with a groin issue, may weaken their defensive solidity, giving Liverpool’s prolific attack more opportunities to exploit.

Previous Meetings

History favors Liverpool in this fixture. When the two sides met at Molineux in September, Liverpool emerged victorious with a 3-1 win, thanks to second-half goals from Cody Gakpo and Andy Robertson, plus an own goal by Hugo Bueno. This victory was one of several in recent years, highlighting Liverpool’s dominance in this matchup.

Last season, Liverpool faced Wolves four times, winning two of those encounters. Memorable moments include goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah securing a 2-0 win at Anfield in March 2023, and Harvey Elliott’s stunning strike sealing an Emirates FA Cup third-round triumph. In the Premier League, Liverpool have won 15 out of 19 matches against Wolves, drawing two and losing only two. Notably, Liverpool have won seven of the eight clashes at Anfield, including each of the last six, emphasizing their home advantage.

Pre-Match Stats

Several intriguing statistics set the stage for this encounter. Liverpool are seeking their sixth league double over Wolves in the last seven seasons, a testament to their consistent superiority. Of the last 42 league goals scored in this fixture, Liverpool have netted 33, underscoring their offensive prowess.

Interestingly, Liverpool have not been awarded a league penalty against Wolves since December 1977, when Phil Neal scored from the spot. This quirky stat adds a layer of historical context to the match.

Sunday’s game marks Mohamed Salah’s 250th league appearance for Liverpool, in which he has scored an impressive 155 goals. It’s also the 1,080th match of Jürgen Klopp’s managerial career. Klopp could become the first Liverpool manager to win his final game in charge of the club since Matt McQueen in February 1928.

Additionally, the Reds are four goals short of reaching 400 in all Anfield league games under Klopp. Since a 6-1 loss at Stoke in 2015, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight final day fixtures of the league season, winning six and drawing two, a streak they’ll look to extend.

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What They Said…

Wolves manager Gary O’Neil acknowledged the challenge ahead: “There’s still a chance we can finish in the top 10 mathematically, and if you’d have said that to me at the start of the season, that we could win the last game and potentially finish top 10, I’d have definitely signed up to it. We go there with that as our real focus. We’re desperate to win another game. We’ve worked really hard to keep ourselves in a position where we still have an opportunity to finish in the top 10.

“It’s a tough test, so we’ll need everyone available to us. Anfield’s a tough place to go at the best of times, so the atmosphere and emotion around Sunday will be extremely tough. We’re going to need everybody to put in one hell of a performance to give us a chance.”

The Stakes for Liverpool

For Liverpool, this match is more than just about finishing the season on a high note. The Reds have had a season of ups and downs, with moments of brilliance interspersed with bouts of inconsistency. This game offers a chance to end on a positive note, providing a morale boost going into the summer break and the next season.

Salah’s milestone of 250 league games is a testament to his importance to the team, and adding to his goal tally would be a fitting way to celebrate this achievement. Klopp’s potential milestone of becoming the first Liverpool manager since 1928 to win his final game in charge adds another layer of significance to the fixture.

Liverpool’s attack, featuring the likes of Salah, Gakpo, and Darwin Núñez, will look to exploit Wolves’ defensive vulnerabilities, particularly with Craig Dawson’s absence. The midfield battle will be crucial, with Liverpool’s dynamic trio expected to dominate possession and create scoring opportunities.

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The Tactical Battle

Tactically, this game will be a fascinating contest. Liverpool’s high pressing and fast-paced attacking style will be pitted against Wolves’ resilience and counter-attacking potential. Klopp’s side will likely dominate possession, seeking to break down Wolves’ defense with quick passing and movement. The presence of full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson will be pivotal in providing width and delivering crosses into the box.

Wolves, on the other hand, will need to be disciplined defensively and make the most of their opportunities on the counter. Players like Neto and Ait-Nouri can be instrumental in transitioning from defense to attack quickly, catching Liverpool off guard. The midfield battle will also be key, with Wolves needing to disrupt Liverpool’s rhythm and deny them space to operate.

Klopp’s Final Match: Liverpool FC


As Liverpool and Wolves prepare to clash at Anfield, the stakes are high for both teams. Liverpool will aim to secure a convincing win, ending their season on a high and setting the stage for future successes. Wolves, despite their recent struggles, will be motivated to pull off an upset and potentially finish in the top 10, a respectable achievement given their season’s trajectory.

The history, statistics, and player milestones all add layers of intrigue to this final Premier League fixture. Fans can expect a thrilling encounter, with both teams leaving everything on the pitch. For Liverpool, a victory would not only reaffirm their dominance over Wolves but also serve as a fitting tribute to the milestones of Salah and Klopp.

As the players take to the field, the atmosphere at Anfield will be electric, with supporters cheering their team on one last time this season. Whether it’s the attacking prowess of Salah and Cunha, the midfield battles, or the tactical maneuvers from both managers, this match promises to be a memorable end to the Premier League campaign.

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By Abdulkadir Salim

Abdulkadir Salim Is content writer for Liverpool FC Times

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