With first place in the Premier League on the line, Liverpool travels to Wolves on Friday for Matchday 18. The Reds are 14-3-0 and area the only undefeated team remaining in the league. While the attack has been great, the key has been in defense. In the 17 games played so far in the league, Liverpool has allowed just seven points. Wolves, meanwhile, are looking good after going winless in four straight games. Wolves have won three in a row, beating Chelsea, Newcastle and Bournemouth and now sit in seventh place at 7-4-6 and 25 points.
Liverpool: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still out with his ligament injury suffered in April, while Joel Matip isn’t expected back till January. Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to miss this game but could be available for Boxing Day as he recovers from a foot injury.
Wolves: Left-back Jonny Castro has been out since mid-November with a knee injury, but there is a chance he’ll be back for Boxing Day. He’s expected to miss this one.
Avoiding complacency is Liverpool’s task at Molineux, to ensure big wins over Napoli and Man United are followed by three more vital points.
There’s also a first proper chance to put pressure on Man City—with the opportunity to open a four-point gap on Pep Guardiola’s side—which the Reds must take.
Fresh minds and legs will be needed to keep performance strong after two huge back-to-back displays, and Klopp is sure to make changes in an attempt to ensure it happens.
But the boss faces some vital calls in how many alterations to make and, more importantly, who to rotate as the relentless schedule continues.
Thankfully there are no fresh injury concerns, meaning Klopp has near enough the same squad as against Man United at his disposal.
In fact, the group has been boosted as James Milner confirmed he is back after sitting out Sunday’s win with a minor hamstring issue.
All else is as it was before with defenders Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold all still out.
Klopp’s rotation policy is likely to be in operation again and there are several options available to bring in.
Super-sub Xherdan Shaqiri is pushing for a start after his heroics against United, while Jordan Henderson will hope to be restored to midfield.
Nathaniel Clyne could continue at right-back after an impressive display on his return from injury.
The likes of Alberto Moreno, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi all provide further alternatives.