Liverpool vs Wolves Live Football Match Score 7/1/2023
New Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui is getting used to the congested January schedule in England, and is unhappy that Liverpool will have had two extra recovery days than his Wolves team. “I don’t understand how we play in one competition with two days less [recovery] than the opponent,” he told reporters this week. Liverpool’s defeat to Brentford took place on Monday evening whereas Wolves visited Aston Villa on Wednesday night. In theory, this should be an advantage for the Reds as the team will have had two more days to rest and prepare for the opposition. The Reds suffered a blow with the news that Virgil van Dijk will spend time on the sidelines, after coming off at half-time on Monday with a hamstring problem.
Jurgen Klopp has said that he could be out for “more than a month.” On a more positive note, Jordan Henderson has recovered from the concussion that kept him out against Brentford – however, Roberto Firmino won’t be involved. Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Arthur remain out injured, while there are doubts over James Milner and Naby Keita. New signing Cody Gakpo could well be in line for a start given Liverpool’s injury problems in attack. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabio Carvalho have been filling in on the left wing, but Gakpo’s abilities suit the position better and Klopp has spoken about how well the Dutch international is settling. The manager said: “Cody has been in for two full training days and is a joy to watch, to be honest.
“In our situation, it’s really nice to have a player who is pretty natural in a lot of things and knows where the goal is. “He is obviously full of joy and enjoying each second at the moment.” Liverpool are in the middle of an unusually quiet couple of weeks for January. There will have been five days since the Brentford match come kickoff at Anfield and Liverpool aren’t in action again for a week. At his press conference, Klopp spoke about how Monday’s defeat hasn’t affected his team selection for this fixture. He said: With Champions League qualification essential to the club’s transfer strategy, though, some of Liverpool’s key figures could be rested for this FA Cup fixture.
Untarnished by the Reds’ poor start to the season, Ben Doak and Bobby Clark were the two academy players who impressed most in the Dubai mid-season friendlies, and could be rewarded with involvement on Saturday. Curtis Jones and Fabio Carvalho are also likely to play a part with the former getting his first minutes since November on Monday. Klopp needs to balance rotation with the need to get back to winning ways. While he will want to rest some key names ahead of a crucial run of fixtures – including Chelsea, Everton, Newcastle and Real Madrid – Liverpool need to build some momentum and give the supporters cause for optimism. With plenty of young fans in the crowd, a good performance against Wolves could bring back some of the positivity felt before the Brentford defeat.
Preston North End host fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon at Deepdale, with both teams looking to improve on inconsistent festive periods in the second tier. These two historic clubs have three FA Cups between them but have both struggled to reach the latter stages of this famous competition in recent times. Preston have started to struggle after a solid start to the Championship season, but an FA Cup win this weekend against a Huddersfield side that are poor travellers is very plausible. The Terriers may opt to rotate their XI heavily as they look to focus on securing their second-tier survival, and if that is the case then they should fully expect to exit the FA Cup at this early stage.