LIVERPOOL entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup at lunchtime on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are reeling from last Saturday’s 3-2 Premier League loss to lowly Swansea and Wednesday’s EFL Cup 2-0 aggregate semi-final defeat to Southampton.
Before that the Reds had struggled to squeeze past Division Two minnows Plymouth, who took them to a replay in the third round of the FA Cup.
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In the end they thanked Lucas Leiva for his first goal in six years as they put plucky Argyle out of the competition.
The Reds can ill-afford to be beaten by Paul Lambert’s Championship side Wolves to prevent a season that promised so much fall into disrepair.
Klopp’s men look to be running out of steam. The German coach’s all-action game may well be better suited to the continent where players enjoy a winter break to recover from their exertions in the first half of the season.
Given the current situation at Anfield, Klopp may be sorely tempted to field a near full-strength team to see off the visitors first time around.
Wolves, though, will definitely be hoping Liverpool struggle to find the net again.
This is the big moment in their season, having seen off Premier Leaguers Stoke City 2-0 in round three.
Helder Costa and Matt Doherty’s stunning free-kick gave Wolves their first win in the competition for almost six years.
That result was away from home and Lambert said: “The whole performance from start to finish was terrific and we could have been two or three up before we even scored.
“We look like a team that’s full of confidence at the minute.”
What time is it on?
Liverpol face Wolves at Anfield on Saturday, January 28, with the match kicking off at 12.30pm
What channel is it on?
Fans can watch the game on BT Sport 2, BT Sport 2 HD and BT Sport 4K UHD
Any team news?
Defender Nathaniel Clyne missed the EFL Cup semi-final loss to Southampton with a rib injury and could be doubtful again for Saturday’s FA Cup tie.
Liverpool have badly missed midfielder Sadio Mane throughout January but he’s still at the African Nations Cup.
But Joe Matip and Daniel Sturrdige (not withstanding the extreme criticism of his performance by Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher) both started against Southampton and will be hoping for another chance to impress.
So, too, will many the youngsters Klopp sent out to face Plymouth with Ben Woodburn, Kevin Stewart, Ovie Ejaria and Trent Alexander-Arnold likely to start.
Wolves midfielder-cum-right-back Conor Coady can’t wait to face his old club. He is a former Reds youth player who spent 15 years on Merseyside.
The Scouser says: “I’m demanding my family support Wolves! To be fair, I’ve got a few family members who go to Liverpool games as well.
“As you can imagine I’ve been asked for a few tickets as well.”
What are the latest odds?
The Reds kick off as Skybet’s 3/10 favourites with Wolves’ 10/1 with bet365. Shybet make the draw 9/2.
Liverpool are 1/5 with 888sport to score the opener (Wolves are 7/2 in the same market) and William Hill chalk 7/4 about it arriving inside the first 15 minutes.
Paddy Power offer 9/1 against Wolves leading 1-0 at half-time
The teams haven’t met in the FA Cup since February 1952 when Liverpool won 2-1.