Sitting at the third spot in the Premier League table, Liverpool will be hoping to stay in the title race ahead of a busy run of games.
Liverpool will be hoping to maintain their recent run of form when they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday. Sitting at the third spot in the league table, Liverpool will be keen to stay in the title race ahead of a busy run of games. Manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that his players are used to a “tough schedule”. In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp said that there won’t be many changes against Wolves. The Liverpool manager started by speaking about the balance of managing players’ welfare and getting results during the upcoming schedule.
“Yeah, players’ welfare is of course very important but we are used to a tough schedule, the boys are used to a tough schedule obviously. I don’t think we have to make now plenty of changes between the games now, at least not at the start of December. We have to see how it will be in the middle or the end of December. We will see. It’s a constant conversation with the medical department, the fitness department,” he was quoted as saying by their club’s website.
“We have pretty much all data we can have and use them. Looking at that, then making a line-up which gives you a big chance to win the next football game. This week it’s the same. We changed quite a lot in the last few weeks. This week we play Wolves. Wolves played Wednesday as well, so the same for both teams. So we will see what we do exactly, I didn’t make the line-up yet, but I wouldn’t expect now seven or eight changes.”
Klopp also praised Wolves’ form so far this season, explaining how difficult it will be to play against them. “First and foremost, I have to say a big compliment to the colleague there because it’s really impressive. It was not so easy to go there after the long time Nuno has been there and everything is kind of settled and I think was mostly happy, even when the last season was maybe not the best season since Wolves were back in the Premier League,” he added.
“It was still very stable, clear style of play and these kind of things. And he changed – in a good direction, unfortunately! It’s a real football-playing side with a real football-playing idea. Defending maybe didn’t change too much, it’s still a similar system that they played before.”
Klopp spoke about how impressed he has been with the workrate of the Wolves players, as he recalled the time when they were looking to sign Diogo Jota. “Everybody is involved for Wolves, that’s clear; we know that from the time when we were having a closer look at Diogo Jota. The numbers he had running-wise were incredible and that made him even more interesting for us. The offensive players still have to do the same now. It means they have counter-attacks, but they have technically good players,” he stated.
“Neves is available again, so to get him together with Moutinho is a proper, proper midfield. Whoever plays then on the wing and Jimenez up front. I’m really happy for him that he is back and that he came over all the misery, pretty much, those awful pictures. Now when I talk about it, it is still in my mind. So I’m really happy to see him back and hopefully he will score a lot of goals – apart from Saturday. It’s a good team and really difficult to play. They are not famous for conceding a lot and not even conceding a lot of shots on goal, so you have to be creative for sure.