Prediction: Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Rating: Total home goal over 2.5

Best odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Betfair

The last day of the Premier League season 2021-22 is approaching and it will be exciting at both ends of the table. At Anfield, Liverpool will welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers and while watching their heroes in action, their supporters will certainly keep an eye on developments at the Etihad.

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The Merseysiders have won Carabao and the FA Cup, both by beating Chelsea on penalties in the final, and their journey against the fabled quadruple now depends on what happens on Sunday. As things stand ahead of the final round, they are one point behind Manchester City and the defending champions will host Aston Villa at the same time. Six days later, Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Liverpool fans will of course hope that their former captain Steven Gerrard, along with a couple of their former players in Philippe Coutinho and Danny Ings, can do them a favor and stop Pep Guardiola’s machinery on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s team won four of their last six matches over 90 minutes in all tournaments. They beat Newcastle away 0-1, Villarreal away in the Champions League semi-final with 2-3, draw 1-1 at home against Tottenham Hotspur, beat Aston Villa away with 1-2, played the goalless draw that went ahead for the penalty shootout in the FA Cup final against Chelsea, and eventually beat Southampton 1-2 at St. Mary’s earlier in the week.

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Liverpool have a couple of injury problems ahead of this showdown, and although no one has been ruled out so far, midfielder Fabinho, center-back Virgil van Dijk, versatile defender Joe Gomez and striker Mohamed Salah are all in doubt.

If Fabinho is not ready, captain Jordan Henderson is the most likely candidate to take his place in front of the back line. Trent Alexander-Arnold will certainly take his place on the right defensive flank with Gomez not 100% ready. Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate will start in the heart of the defense if Van Dijk can not cope, and if Salah is out, it will be either Diogo Jota or Roberto Firmino along with Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz in advance.

Thiago Alcantara is also likely to return to the ranks after making room for Curtis Jones against Southampton.

After announcing Divock Origi’s departure from the club this summer, Klopp is also likely to give Liverpool’s indisputable cult hero a runout at some point to give him a chance to say goodbye to Anfield loyalists, provided the situation on the pitch allows it.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Wolves come to Anfield without any pressure to deliver a result at all, sitting in eighth place and unable to climb further with a five-point gap that separates them from West Ham in seventh place. However, that does not mean that they will not do their best to say their opinion in the title race and ruin the fun for their hosts, just like Aston Villa over in Manchester.

A place just above the middle of the Premier League table is likely to be realistic for this Wolves team and they are likely to be happy at the club for the way the season, the first under Bruno Lage, has gone. Still, they might feel a little disappointed not to book a place in one of the European competitions.

On the other hand, Lage should not be too happy with the results his team achieved in their last six matches, which consist of two draws and four defeats. They lost 1-0 away to Newcastle, 1-0 away to Burnley and 0-3 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion before getting a surprising 2-2 draw away to Chelsea. They were then beaten 1-5 at home by Manchester City, and eventually got a 1-1 draw at home against bottom side Norwich City.

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There are no new injury concerns or good news for that matter for Lage. Defenders Max Kilman, Romain Saiss and Nelson Semedo are all out. Striking midfielder Daniel Podence returned to the final 15 minutes of the Norwich match after a foot injury and he could get a start this time.

Conclusion

Whatever happens in this match, the Wolves players will probably remember that they had a role to play in the Premier League title race on the last day of the season. That role, however, is likely to only lose to a high-quality team with everything to play for. Whether that proves enough for Liverpool to win the title remains to be seen, but winning this match should not really come into question and there should be plenty of chances, several ending up as goals.

Rating: Total home goal over 2.5

Best odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Betfair



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