James Milner at right-back again: Wolves vs Liverpool match preview, confirmed teams, plus more


James Milner at right-back again: Wolves vs Liverpool match preview, confirmed teams, plus more

Liverpool will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points with a win over Wolves at Molineux tonight.

It would confirm the Reds being top of the tree at Christmas time even if Manchester City beat Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Liverpool are flying at the league’s summit

However, their hosts have proved stern opposition for the top six this season, most recently coming from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Molineux – the first of three consecutive league victories.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, currently flying high in seventh place, will be out to ruin the Reds’ unbeaten record and put a huge dent in their title bid.

Wolves have won three games in a row

What the managers are saying

Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves): “The confidence we have is that we compete the same against all the opponents. That doesn’t change (based on who we play).

“But it’s not how you perform against those clubs that can make us better against Liverpool. We have to forget what we did in the past, focus on the present. It’s a new opponent and challenge.

“It’s a big challenge for us, we’re prepared. They’re top of the league, it says we’re going to face one of the best teams in Europe, we look forward to it.

“Everybody can see what Klopp is doing and the way Liverpool plays and what they’re achieving and building. We will be facing one of the best teams in Europe at the moment. What a game.”

Jurgen Klopp is not focused on Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): “Only City can stop City, to be honest.

“We have to play our own game and get as many points as possible.

“I would say we are always motivated at the highest level so where could we put this extra portion, saying if City lost then it makes us more motivated? That doesn’t work. We are really concentrating on our situation.”

Team news

Both sides have made two changes with the visitors welcoming back James Milner and Jordan Henderson, who are in for Nathaniel Clyne and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Hero against Manchester United Xherdan Shaqiri is on the bench.

Wolves replace Morgan Gibbs-White and Jota (hamstring injury) with Romain Saiss and Adama Traore.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool academy player Conor Coady captains against the team where he started his career.

Confirmed line-ups

Wolves: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Otto, Saiss, Neves, Moutinho; Jimenez, Traore

Subs: Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Ruddy, Vinagre, Dendoncker, Bonatini

Liverpool: Alisson; Milner, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Subs: Clyne, Wijnaldum, Sturridge, Lallana, Mignolet, Shaqiri, Origi