Sky Sports pundit and former footballer Charlie Nicholas believes Liverpool’s unbeaten run will come to an end against Wolves on Thursday night.
Liverpool are on course to break English football’s all-time unbeaten record having gone more than a calendar year without defeat, spanning 39 games prior to their trip to Molineux.
However, when making his midweek predictions for Sky Sports, Nicholas suggested that the Reds were tiring towards the end of their victory over Manchester United at the weekend – and Wolves’ record against the so-called bigger sides in the division this year makes their next game one of the toughest assignments in their schedule.
He said: “This is a cracking game and Liverpool will be on such a high. I genuinely thought Liverpool looked tired and leggy, especially at the end, against Manchester United. It was a case of hanging in there and going a bit more defensively. I have never really seen that from [Jurgen] Klopp but some of those players were dead on their feet.
“As cool as Virgil van Dijk and the back four have been, there was a vulnerability there. It was a massive game and they got the result. That being said, I see Liverpool’s first defeat of the season coming on Thursday, but it will not change the destiny of the Premier League title.
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“Wolves relish the games against the top-six sides. Wolves looked assured at Anfield but got nothing from it. Klopp may make some changes and it could disrupt them a little bit.”
Some of Wolves’ results this season could indeed suggest Liverpool are in for a hard time in midweek. Indeed, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have avoided defeat in the league against the likes of Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester United this season – while they did the double over champions Manchester City.
They were also rather unlucky not to take anything away from their previous meeting with Liverpool, in which they had a goal marginally chalked off by VAR. Although, last weekend’s win was their first since that Anfield reverse, so it remains to be seen whether they will be buoyed by their superb comeback victory against Southampton on Saturday when the champions-elect come to town.
Given Liverpool’s ominous recent record, it will be no major surprise to see it continue – though Nicholas may just have enough reason to justifiably predict a possible upset on Thursday night.
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