Liverpool will travel to the Molineux as they face the Wolves on Saturday in the 15th gameweek of the Premier League. Liverpool are currently in third place in the Premier League with 31 points from 14 games, while the Wolves are sitting in sixth position with 21 points from their 14 games. Wolves played out a goalless draw against Burnley, while Liverpool emerged victorious in the Merseyside derby, as they beat the Toffees 4-1 at Goodison Park.
After losing their first three games this season, Bruno Lage and Wolves’ fans would have struggled to imagine their team sitting in the sixth position in the standings after 14 fixtures. Nevertheless, despite 21 points from 11 fixtures, Lage has always made a point about the difficult period which awaits his small squad in December and January. Wednesday’s match is regarded as a tough one for the Wolves, and the pressure will be intensified with games against Manchester City and Chelsea, all coming by December 19.
Wolves have scored 12 goals in the league and have a very low overall xG. They have been performing well defensively but have been ineffective in front of the goal. In their recent games against Norwich and Burnley, they failed to convert the chances they created and ended up settling for a draw. They have failed to be lethal in the final third. As seen in the above visual, Wolves have a very low expected goal against (xGA) value.
Wolves had a total of 15 shots against Burnley but only managed to keep three of their shots on target. They were not effective in front of the goal and failed to convert the chances they got. Most of their shots were outside the penalty area and were a long way away from goal. They only had 20% of their shots on target. Wolves will not get as many chances against Liverpool and will have to try to convert the rare chances that they will get.
Henderson opened the scoring for the Reds in the ninth minute, and Salah added a second in the 19th minute before Demarai Gray pulled one back for the Toffees just before halftime. Salah bagged his second goal of the game and Jota finished it off for Liverpool with their fourth of the evening as they continue their rampant form.
Liverpool have scored 43 goals so far, the most this season. The team with the second-most goals is Chelsea, who have 33 goals, ten fewer than Liverpool. The Reds have created the highest expected goal rate of 34.17. They have a very high xG of 2.44 per 90 minutes. The reason for such a high xG is that Liverpool have high efficiency in front of the goal and keep most of their shots on target. They have a total of 90 shots on target this season, which is the most in the Premier League.
Liverpool had a total of 16 shots on goal and managed to keep seven of their shots on target. They had a total of 10 shots from inside the penalty area, which is why they managed to generate a very high xG. Mohammed Salah was on the scoresheet once again for the Reds, and he has already reached 13 goals this season.
Wolves predicted starting lineup:
Sa, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Semedo, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri, Traore, Jimenez, Hwang.
Liverpool predicted starting lineup:
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Mane.