Liverpool travel to Wolves on Friday night looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.
Victory would see Jurgen Klopp’s men develop a four-point lead over rivals Manchester City, who face Crystal Palace on Saturday.
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.
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 (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.”
Wolves striker Diogo Jota (hamstring) is the only absentee for the home side.
Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of James Milner (hamstring), while they remain down to the bare bones in defence.
Centre-backs Joe Gomez (leg) and Joel Matip (collarbone) are out until the New Year, and the game comes too soon for right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold (foot).
Wolves: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Costa, Jimenez, Cavaleiro
Liverpool: Alisson; Clyne, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Shaqiri; Salah, Firmino, Mane
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