Salah takes part in Liverpool training, ahead of Premier League title decider
Liverpool face Wolves this afternoon on the final day of the Premier League season knowing they must win to keep their title – and quadruple – hopes intact, but even that might not prove enough.
A win for Man City against Aston Villa means the Reds’ result won’t matter in terms of who ends this season on top, but all Jurgen Klopp’s side can do is focus on securing another three points. Liverpool are on a 17-match unbeaten streak in all competitions but if they can’t better City’s result then it will be another year of more than likely 90-plus points which doesn’t yield a title, though the forthcoming Champions League final could still put a cap on a very successful season.
In their way stand Wolves, who after a great first few months of the season have gone entirely off the boil in the closing weeks. It’s six without victory now for Bruno Lage’s side, they have dropped out of contention for a European spot and are set to finish between eighth and tenth this term.
Follow all the action from a crunch Liverpool vs Wolves clash below:
Manchester City vs Aston Villa
Steven Gerrard has lost 11 of his 26 Premier League fixtures as Aston Villa manager, equaling his total number of defeats in 118 league games in charge of Rangers
Villa have also won just one of their 21 Premier League away games against the league leaders – three draws, 17 defeats – they beat Leeds United 2-1 in January 2000.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 15:14
Liverpool vs Wolves team changes
There’s no Mo Salah in the Liverpool line-up but he does make the bench for Jurgen Klopp’s men. There are seven changes from the team that beat Southampton as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson return to the back line. In midfield Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita replace Curtis Jones, James Milner and Harvey Elliott whilst Takumi Minamino and Roberto Firmino drop out in favor of Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz.
Bruno Lage swaps out two players for Wolves as Leander Dendoncker and Jose Sa return to the starting XI in place of John Ruddy and Hwang Hee-chan.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 15:11
Man City vs Aston Villa team changes
Pep Guardiola makes two changes to the City team that drew with West Ham last time out. Jack Grealish and Oleksandr Zinchenko drop out with John Stones and Phil Foden preferred.
Steven Gerrard also makes tow changes to his Aston Villa side. Emi Martinez and Carney Chukwuemeka are replaced with Robin Olsen and Philippe Coutinho.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 15:07
Liverpool vs Wolves line-ups
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson, Henderson, Thiago, Keita, Jota, Mane, Diaz
Wolves XI: Jose Sa, Boly, Coady, Gomes, Jonny, Dendoncker, Neves, Joao Moutinho, Ait Nouri, Pedro Neto, Jimenez
Michael Jones22 May 2022 15:01
Man City vs Aston Villa line-ups
Man City XI: Ederson, Stones, Fernandinho, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
Aston Villa XI: Olsen, Cash, Chambers, Mings, Digne, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Ramsey, Buendia, Watkins, Coutinho
Michael Jones22 May 2022 15:00
Steven Gerrard needs no added motivation to derail Man City’s coronation
The days when Liverpool needed to rely on Steven Gerrard are long gone. No one at Anfield should expect anything from him today.
The Aston Villa manager takes his team to the Etihad and if he can stop Manchester City winning then Jurgen Klopp’s men will have a chance to finish on top of the Premier League – assuming Liverpool can beat Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of the Kop. Gerrard carried his boyhood club for more than a decade but was unable to win the title. That is a source of regret to the 41-year-old.
The closest that Liverpool came to win the league in the Gerrard era was eight years ago when Brendan Rodgers’ team were in pole position going into the final week of the season. Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea that allowed the London club to go into the lead in their 2-0 victory has become the stuff of folklore. Those of a romantic disposition among the Liverpool fanbase have been imagining a denouement where Villa nick a point or more in Manchester and earn redemption for the man from Huyton. It’s doubtful that Gerrard would feel vindicated: there’s not much romance without the medals.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 14:55
Liverpool v Wolves
Liverpool are unbeaten in all six of their final-day fixtures under Jurgen Klopp, winning each of the last five and the Red are the only side in the top five European leagues yet to lose a league match in 2022.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 14:51
Liverpool v Wolves
Liverpool have won the 10 most recent Premier League meetings between the sides keeping eight clean sheets in that run.
Wolves have also lost 17 of their last 19 top-flight matches at Anfield, with the exceptions being 1-0 victories in January 1984 and December 2010.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 14:48
Pep Guardiola invites Man United fans to wear City shirts ahead of title decider
This season has been a tough watch for United supporters, with frustration at their own side’s inconsistency exacerbated by the fact their two most bitter rivals have been dueling for the title.
When it comes to choosing between the lesser of two evils, however, it would appear a majority of United fans would rather that – albeit through gritted teeth – City pipped the Merseysiders.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 14:45
Manchester City vs Aston Villa
Victory for Manchester City will secure their eighth top-flight title. It would be their sixth Premier League title, the second most after Manchester United’s 13, and their fourth in five seasons.
Michael Jones22 May 2022 14:41
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.