13 minutes: Mo Salah receives a cross from the right into the Wolves box, where an off-balance Diogo Jota shoots high over the crossbar.
10 minutes: Wolves went close again, with Joe Gomez having a bit of luck as a Nelson Semedo cross was whipped into the Liverpool penalty area. The Liverpool defender appeared to lose track of the ball’s trajectory but Pedro Neto failed to convert. Above the bar.
9 minutes: It was a terrific play from Neto, who collected the ball in the left inside channel and took on and beat Scoboszlaiu and Joe Gomes before squared the ball. He spotted Hwang at the far post and the South Korean scored with his side foot. Alisson found himself well behind the ball but was unable to prevent it from crossing the line.
Wolves lead to Molineux! Hwang Hee-chan has the ball placed at the far post by Pedro Neto and heads it home.
6 minutes: Mo Salah collects the ball on the right touchline and tries to cut inside but is dispossessed by Rayan Ait-Nouri, who clears the ball for Wolves.
4 minutes: Alexis Mac Allister received an early yellow card for grabbing the shoulder of Matheus Cunha, who had passed him. The Liverpool midfielder is in disbelief but it seemed fair enough to me.
3 minutes: Liverpool attack on the left flank before switching to the right. Dominik Szoboszlai collects a quick ball in the Wolves penalty area but there is no one present in the red shirt to capitalize. Jose Sa receives an early touch.
1 minute: Jean-Ricner Bellegarde gallops down the inside left, taking on and beating Joe Gomez before winning a corner. It’s an encouraging start for Wolves’ new signing. Liverpool clear Pedro Neto’s free kick.
1 minute: The wolves open the ball after a perfectly observed minute of silence following the recent tragedies in Morocco and Libya.
Not long ago now: The teams are on the field and line up on either side of referee Michael Oliver and his team of match officials. Kickoff is a few handshakes, a toss and a whistle.
Gary O’Neil: “It’s going to be a tough test,” the Wolves coach said in his pre-match press conference. “We have a good game plan in place that allows us to be aggressive when we are ready to be, allows us to have good moments with the ball, and I can’t wait to see what the boys can produce .
“We create a lot of chances. My job is to understand exactly what is happening, how and why. In terms of data and numbers, we are creating a lot of good opportunities and getting into good areas. There’s still a lot of room for improvement to get to where I think it should be.
Jürgen Klopp: “I think in the future he definitely has the potential to play as a number 6,” the Liverpool manager said when asked about his plans for new signing Ryan Gravenberch. only thing about Alexis Mac Allister – he can play this position – is: is he a classic 6, how would you draw him? Probably not. But the situation in football has changed over the years.
“He’s so talented that I don’t like to talk about the things he’s not good at yet. They all have skills and yes, they need to improve and he knows it, and he tries but the naturalness is there and everything else takes time and that’s how it is. He’s an 8, he can play a 10, definitely and yes, over time he’ll be able to play a 6. Like Curtis (Jones) could play a 6, they just have to get used to the different spaces and responsibilities. »
These teams: Arriving from Strasbourg on deadline day, Jeanricner Bellegarde moves straight into Wolves’ midfield, while their other last-minute signing, Tommy Doyle, starts on the bench. Hwang Hee-chan starts up front for Wolves in place of Fabio Silva, who drops to the bench. Nelson Semedo makes his 100th Premier League appearance for Wolves.
Jurgen Klopp makes three changes to the side that dismissed Aston Villa last time out, with Joe Gomez coming in at right-back in place of Trent Alexander-Arnold. A 20-year-old from Warrington who spent the second half of last season on loan at Bristol Rovers, Jarell Quansah starts at the heart of Liverpool’s defense in the absence of Virgil van Dijk. He will start his first Premier League match alongside Joel Matip, while Ibrahima Konate is on the bench.
Wolves: José Sa, Nelson Semedo, Dawson, Kilman, Ait Nouri, Bellegarde, Lemina, Joao Gomes, Pedro Neto, Matheus Cunha, Hwang.
Submarines: Doherty, Traoré, Silva, Hugo Bueno, Kalajdzic, Doyle, Sarabia, Gomes, Bentley.
Liverpool: Alisson, Gomez, Quansah, Matip, Robertson, Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Jones, Salah, Gakpo, Jota.
Submarines: Endo, Konate, Diaz, Nunez, Elliott, Tsimikas, Gravenberch, Bajcetic, Kelleher.
Arbitrator: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
First news from the team
Virgil van Dijk is out today as he serves the second match of the two-match suspension he received for his sending off in the Newcastle match. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcantara are also out through injury, while Darwin Nunez is slightly doubtful. Midfielder Ryan Gravenberch could make his debut after arriving from Bayern Munich just before the international break.
Alisson, Alexis Mac Allister and Luis Diaz were all on international duty in South America during the international break and only returned to Merseyside yesterday, as their manager was quick to remind reporters yesterday. Ibrahima Konate has recovered from a back injury and is expected to start.
Wolves midfielder Joe Hodge remains sidelined with a knee injury, but Tommy Doyle could feature after arriving on a season-long loan (with option to buy) from Manchester City on Tuesday the deadline. The midfielder has recovered from a knee injury but is not yet fully fit.
Matheus Cunha was on international duty with Brazil during the international break and played in the 5-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Bolivia at the Mangueirao Stadium in Belem. Hwang Hee-chan had a shorter journey home as South Korea’s friendly against Saudi Arabia was played at St James’ Park in Newcastle.
Jürgen Klopp loves to complain about Saturday lunchtime kick-offs and given his side failed to win any of the six games they had to play in that particular slot last season, it’s not hard to see why .
The Liverpool manager did it again yesterday, showing his less pleasant side as he found himself cornered by a reporter for asking a perfectly reasonable question about Liverpool’s strange vicissitudes in the early afternoon before the potentially tricky assignment of today with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
Liverpool go into this match on the back of three straight wins, while their hosts have won just one of their four Premier League matches under Gary O’Neil to date. The most recent of their three defeats was a 3-2 reverse at Crystal Palace just before the international break. Kick-off in the Black Country is at 12:30 BST, but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and team builds.