MatchWolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool: Team news
Jürgen Klopp reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Reds’ packed fixture schedule continues with a visit to Molineux on Saturday and while they will again be without Joe Gomez (calf) and Naby Keita (hamstring), the boss did not reveal any new fitness worries during his pre-match press conference.
Indeed, Klopp indicated that he will not make wholesale changes from Wednesday night’s 4-1 Merseyside derby win at Goodison Park.
“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,” said the manager.
“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. 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.”
Regarding Gomez and Keita, Klopp is optimistic they will be available again soon after both took part in team training on Thursday.
He continued: “[They were involved in] big parts [of the session]. It was really nice to see.
“We didn’t let them do the full session because medical told us not to do that, but they looked brilliant.
“They now use the next two or three days to do the stuff they have to while being part of team training – and then I think from Sunday on, if nothing happens between now and then, they should be in contention again.”
Roberto Firmino (hamstring) and Curtis Jones (eye) remain sidelined, along with Harvey Elliott (ankle).
Inside Training: Gomez and Keita involved in Thursday session
Wolves boss Bruno Lage, meanwhile, will make a late decision on the involvement of Daniel Podence, after the winger missed his side’s last two games due to COVID-19.
Marcal is definitely out after testing positive for COVID-19, but midfielder Ruben Neves is back in contention after serving a one-match suspension.
Willy Boly, Yerson Mosquera, Jonny Castro Otto and Pedro Neto are all unavailable.
Lage told reporters: “Everything is normal. We have Ruben back, that’s the big news. Let’s see if Podence can join us tomorrow.
“When you look at our bench in the last game, we don’t have too many solutions. We try to manage the game in a different way. Usually I finish the games with three midfielders but we couldn’t because Ruben was out.
“It’s a good challenge for us, I’m not making excuses. My job is to find solutions.”
Wolves 0-0 Burnley (December 1): Sa, Coady, Kilman, Saiss, Ait-Nouri, Semedo, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Jimenez, Hwang, Traore.
Everton 1-4 Liverpool (December 1): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson, Mane, Salah, Jota.