Liverpool host giant-killers Wolverhampton for the final day of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign, knowing only three points could see them win their first league title in almost 30 years.
The Reds produced a remarkable 4-0 comeback win against Barcelona on Tuesday night, turning around a three-goal deficit from the first leg to progress to their second successive Champions League final.
They will be praying for another miracle this afternoon, as only three points and a Manchester City slip at Brighton could see Liverpool finally win the Premier League title.
Wolverhampton have secured the seventh place on the table with a 1-0 victory over Fulham last weekend. They have proven to be real giant killers in the 2018-19 campaign.
The Wolves have already beaten Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United in the Premier League this season, drawn against Manchester City and knocked Liverpool and United out of the FA Cup back in January. Not a bad record for a newly-promoted side, right?
Top scorer Mohamed Salah is excepted to be fit for the final Premier League round, after missing the stunning comeback against Barcelona on Wednesday night as a precaution.
Andy Robertson, who suffered a knock during the Champions League clash with the Catalans is a major doubt for Jurgen Klopp, while both Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita are out through groin strains.
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 11, 2019
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo doesn’t have any injury concerns ahead of their trip to Anfield for the last game of the 2018-19 campaign.
What did the managers say
This is going to be Liverpool’s last match at Anfield this season, so Jurgen Klopp wanted to say thanks to the fans for a fantastic season.
“What we do know is that our season does not end today because of what happened against Barca. But regardless, this is our last outing at Anfield for the campaign and as such, I want to express gratitude for the amazing journey we have had together.
“I was asked in the post-match press conference on Tuesday night if Liverpool could have won the tie if we played in a stadium without any supporters. My answer was ‘no chance’ but it made me reflect on how blessed those of us who work here are.
“This season, although yet to be concluded, has been a privilege to be part of,” he said via Liverpool’s official website.
Nuno Espirito Santo said his Wolverhampton side will compete at Anfield, even though they’ve already secured the seventh place in the league.
“The players are aware of the game and they want to compete like they always do. It’s always been our idea in all of the games,” he said via Wolves’ official website.
Our final game of the season!
— Wolves (@Wolves) May 12, 2019
“It’s another game, another important game. It will be a tough challenge and even though it is the final game of the season we will want to compete as usual.
“Jurgen has been fantastic; absolutely fantastic. I like the team, I like the way they play and the intensity they put in their actions. It will be hard to find somebody who didn’t enjoy the game against Barcelona.”
Liverpool hold the edge in head to head clashes between these two, having won a total of 50 meetings, with Wolves being victorious on 35 occasions.
The Reds are in fantastic form, they’ve won 12 of their last 13 games across all competitions, losing only 3-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League.
Wolves’ points tally of 57 in the Premier League this season is the most by a newly-promoted side since Ipswich Town won 66 points and finished 5th in the 2000-01 season.
Liverpool could remain unbeaten at home in a top-flight campaign for the eighth different time, and for the first time in consecutive seasons since the 1978-79/1979-80 campaigns.