Liverpool host Wolverhampton Wanderers on matchday 38, as the Reds look to move on from their Anfield miracle in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona . To ensure they still have a minor chance of winning the Premier League, Liverpool need to ensure that they get all 3 points from a tricky Wolves side.
Here are three things to look forward to in this fixture.
3. The importance of scoring early
Scoring early doesn't just help win three points in this situation, but also helps create pressure on title rivals and league leaders Manchester City. It's pivotal for Liverpool to get off to a good start, preferably within the first 15 minutes.
A good early goal would worry Pep Guardiola's team and a reckless mentality can cost them the game against a side like Brighton and Hove Albion .
2. Salah and Robertson fitness boost
While not living up to the ridiculous standards he set last season, inside forward Mohamed Salah has done justice to his reputation, scoring 22 goals and assisting 11 times in the league, and is primed to win the Golden Boot for a second consecutive season. W
ith Jurgen Klopp confirming that the head injury he sustained against Newcastle United will not affect his presence against Wolves, Liverpool fans can breathe a sigh of relief to see their talisman back.
On the other hand, left-back Andy Robertson went off at half-time against Barcelona at Anfield, presumably injured, but Klopp confirmed that the Scottish captain would start against Wolves.
1. Van Dijk and co. need to be wary of Wolves' bite
While the Reds will be ordered to attack and will look to penetrate as far as possible, Jurgen Klopp will be wary of how the giant-killing Wolverhampton Wanderers side operate.
Employing a low block against the sides he perceives as bigger than his own, Nuno Espirito Santo's side will wait patiently for a mis-pass or a giveaway and then counterattack ruthlessly with pace and vigour using their two floating forwards Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez.
Despite being given a license to attack, Liverpool need to ensure that they have men back to cover as well.