Two of the Premier League’s form teams meet at Molineux on Friday when Wolves entertain unbeaten Liverpool.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have recovered from a spell when they lost five out of six Premier League games to win the last three – a sequence that has lifted them to seventh in the table.
The West Midlanders have a good record against the leading teams, beating Chelsea earlier this month and drawing with both Manchester City and Arsenal, although in contrast they have contrived to lose to struggling Huddersfield and Cardiff.
However, they have shown since securing promotion last term that they are far too good to be involved in a relegation battle and look set to clinch a top-half spot this term.
They could be without Diogo Jota on Friday as he has a hamstring injury and Wolves may not be quite good enough to hold the Reds in a low-scoring encounter.
Liverpool have been excellent recently and won their last six league games since drawing 1-1 at Arsenal in early November. They brushed Manchester United aside 3-1 on Sunday in a match that proved to be Jose Mourinho’s last in charge.
Jurgen Klopp’s team have scored 10 goals in their last three games and the 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Anfield in October was the only time they have failed to find the net this season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are all set to miss the match but Liverpool have enough strength in depth to edge to victory at Molineux.
With Liverpool set to play four top-flight games in less than a fortnight, including crunch matches against Arsenal and Manchester City, Klopp may opt to rest several players, so Xherdan Shaqiri is good value at 21/4 to score the first goal on Friday.
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