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Liverpool V Wolves - as it happened

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Liverpool v Wolves, Premier League, Gameweek 38, 12/05/19, Official Lineups, BeSoccer

Liverpool V Wolves - as it happened

Tom Cunild by Tom Cunild @besoccer_es - 0 8,201

Join us for live coverage of the potentially title-deciding Premier League end of season clash between Liverpool and Wolves.

And that's that! Liverpool win 2-0, but as expected City dispatched Brighton with (relative) ease and the Reds will have to turn their hopes to the Champions League final as Klopp finally looks to bring some silverware back to Anfield.
Two minutes of added time to come...
Side note: With Mané and Aubameyang scoring twice today, we are now on a three-way tie for the Golden Boot...
Big standing ovation as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Barça-slayer Gini Wijnaldum in midfield. Good to see Ox back, by the way.
Salah tries his luck from the edge of the box, but his effort is nothing more than a pea-roller that Patricio gratefully gobbles up.
Double change for Wolves as Morgan Gibbs-White and Ruben Vinagre come on for Jonny and Moutinho, whilst Joe Gomez replaces Andy Robertson at left-back for Liverpool.
Virgil van Dijk leaps at the back post, but his looping header bounces off the top of the crossbar.
GOOOOAL!! And that should be that! Deja vu as Trent Alexander-Arnold assists Sadio Mané again. This time the Englishman whipd in a inch-perfect cross from the right, which a flying Mané meets with a diving header to surely put the game out of Wolves' reach. Hint of offside about that goal, it must be said.
Adama Traore is probably the last person Liverpool's leggy defence want to see right now, but it is the Spanish pace merchant who has entered the pitch with Doherty making way.
Liverpool look to slow the game down as they keep the ball at the back, knocking it from side to side without any real intention to go forward at the moment.
Now it's Liverpool who should have scored - Robertson's chip to the back post finds an arriving Wijnaldum, but he can only blaze his effort from a tight angle over the bar as he stretched out his leg to reach the cross.
Big chance for Jota!! The Portuguese should have brought his side level here, but his close range header lacks power and is saved by Alisson.
After the midweek heroics, Liverpool are unsurprisingly looking tired here. Klopp might want to look to his bench for some fresh legs...time for the Ox perhaps?
Big save from Alisson!! Doherty's sweeping ball from the right finds Jota after a clever dummy from Jiménez, but the Brazilian closes the angle well and makes the save. Liverpool hanging on here...
City now 3-1 up, which means the title race looks all but over...
The Irishman, true to his form all season, has looked extremely dangerous every time Wolves attack down the right.
Need a copy and paste button for this....Doherty escapes Robertson down the right, and pulls it back to Jiménez, but the Mexican striker snatches at the chance and drags his effort wide.
That was the forward's final involvement in this game, as he makes way for midfielder Milner.
Liverpool break straight away and Mane's ball falls to Origi around the penalty spot, but the Belgian blasts over the bar.
Doherty once again gets free down the right, but Matip does well to clear his cross.
Raúl Jiménez tries an effort from a tight angle, but his shot flies wide of the near post and doesn't trouble Alisson. Milner looks ready to come on for the Reds, who are looking a bit leggy in midfield.
Doherty has twice found space down the right in this half and looks like Wolves' most promising outlet at the moment.
Interesting few seconds from Martin Atkinson....he inadvertently tackles Moutinho in midfield, before evening things up by deciding not to award a seemingly stonewall free kick to Liverpool after Boly pulled back Salah.
Wolves pushing on in this second half, and a block from Robertson stops Jonny's shot from troubling Alisson. Bright 10 minutes from the visitors.
Martin Atkinson barely had time to put his yellow card away before he had to get it out again - this time it's Jota who sees a yellow for two fouls in around 30 seconds.
Mané breaks down the left, but is chopped down by Bennett, who goes into the referee's book.
Trent Alexander-Arnold lines up a free kick from the right, but curls it just wide of the post.
Second half underway at Anfield, with Liverpool needing a miracle to occur on the south coast for them to become champions.
After a single minute of added time, Martin Atkinson blows his whistle and bring the first half to a close. Liverpool ahead at the interval thanks to Sadio Mané's goal, but it still isn't enough to bring the title back to Anfield as it stands. Wolves ended the half strongly, by the way, and will be looking to start in a similar fashion after the break.
Wolves force a corner as they finish the half strongly.
So close for Wolves! A flowing counter attack ends up with Doherty finding space on the right, and he fires his first time shot across goal onto the crossbar and over the bar.
Salah goes down on the edge of the area after receiving a knock-down from Henderson, but the referee tells him to get up before waving play on.
Liverpool pressing Wolves high here as they look for a second before half-time, with Henderson smashing one against a frustrated Jiménez to win his team a throw in far up the pitch.
Fabinho's pass splits the Wolves midfield and finds Salah in space, but his attempt to find Origi is wayward and dribbles through to the keeper.
City ahead at Brighton, by the way, meaning as it stands, Guardiola's side will win the league.
Matip slips and Jiménez escapes down the left, but the Mexican's cutback only finds a red shirt.
Wolves get a free kick on the right and load the box, but Wijnaldum knocks it back down to Alisson and any danger is dispersed.
From the resulting corner, the ball is only half cleared to a lurking Salah on the edge of the area, but the Egyptian blazes his effort into the top of the Kop on the volley.
Penalty shout for Liverpool!! Wijnaldum's cross from the left is blocked by Bennett and Anfield cries out for handball, but a corner is given.
It seems like half of Anfield are on their phones trying to work out what's going on down in Brighton. Meanwhile on the pitch, Liverpool continue controlling the play and probing for a second.
Scrap that, Aguero has equalised... extended break in play here at Anfield.
Robertson tries his luck with a rasping left-footed effort from distance that is palmed away by Patricio
One Liverpool fan in the crowd has even got himself a Brighton shirt for this weekend...the Seagulls are doing their part so far as the City game remains goalless.
That opening goal has forced Wolves to go on the attack themselves, and they've worked a bit of space on each wing before having crosses cleared or caught by Alisson in the last couple of minutes.
That goal means, as things stand, Liverpool would be champions of the Premier are the nerves, Liverpool fans??
GOOOOOAL! Liverpool take the lead and it's that man Mané again! Alexander-Arnold finds space down the right, pulls back the ball from near the byline with a low cross and the Senegalese is on hand to fire home his 21st league goal of the season.
The visitors make a rare foray into the Liverpool half down the left, but Jonny's pass is behind the strikers and Wijnaldum breaks up the danger
Wolves have looked very organised in the first quarter of an hour - it's not hard to see why they have picked up so many impressive results against top-six sides this season.
Poor delivery from the Liverpool youngster, however, and Wolves clear with minimal fuss.
Origi looks up for it today - more impressive control on the left sees him win a free-kick that Andy Robertson and Alexander-Arnold are standing over...
Liverpool have had all of the ball so far, but Wolves standing firm for now...
Nice footwork from Origi in midfield as he beats two men before sliding a pass to Salah in space, but the play ends in Fabinho overhitting a cross from the right.
First shot on goal for Liverpool as midweek hero Divock Origi tries his luck from a tight angle. Easy enough for Rui Patricio in the Wolves net.
Kick off at Anfield!! Wolves have chosen for Liverpool to kick towards the Kop in the first half - something that's not the done thing at Anfield. Let's see if that motivates them further...
The teams are in the tunnel as 'You'll Never Walk Alone' rings around a hopeful Anfield.
So, the most thrilling, gruelling and competitive title race will finally come to an end today...Liverpool on 94 points, Man City on 95. Both teams deserve to win the title, but in around two hours' time, only one will be crowned as champions...
With 22 strikes this season, Mo Salah looks set to defend his Golden Boot award from last season, unless Sergio Agüero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or teammate Sadio Mané (20 goals each) can net a hat trick today.
Wolves have recently stepped out onto the hallowed turf at Anfield to start their warm-up, too.
Led by leading goalscorer Mo Salah, this was the Liverpool team arriving at Anfield earlier today...
In fact, Wolves will end the season with the best league position and points total by a newly-promoted club since Ipswich came fifth with 66 points in 2000-01. The Midlands side come into the game having won three on the bounce, and will be looking to spoil a potential title party today by making it four.
Wolves themselves have enjoyed a remarkable return to the Premier League this season. Nuno's newly promoted side sit in 7th place in the table, having also enjoyed a run to the FA Cup semi-final in which they knocked out a weakened Liverpool side at Molineux in January...
Liverpool come into this game on a high after producing one of the most incredible comebacks in football history in midweek to beat Barcelona and qualify for another Champions League final. The Reds are also looking to go undefeated at home in the Premier League for the second season in a row...
There is one possible, if extremely improbable, scenario that would leave any neutral licking their lips... If Liverpool draw 4-4 with Wolves and Brighton thrash Man City 4-0, the Premier League title would be decided by a one-off playoff match between the top two sides. Unlikely, yes, but who can say anything for sure after this crazy week of football we've just witnessed.
If City do drop points to 17th placed Brighton, however, it opens the door for Liverpool to cap what would surely go down as one of the best weeks in the club's history if they were to beat Wolves and win the Premier League for the first time since its inception in 1992.
Speaking of which, Pep and his grey cardigan are down south in Brighton today, and his side have the Premier League title in their hands. If Manchester City win, they will become champions once again - regardless of what happens in the Liverpool game.
No such headlines from Wolves' team news, as their starting XI has become about as predictable as Pep Guardiola's wardrobe choices...
So, Liverpool have top scorer Mo Salah available again after he suffered a concussion last weekend, whilst Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson have recovered from knocks picked up against Barcelona to start for Jürgen Klopp's side.
Wolves: Patricio; Boly, Bennett, Coady; Doherty, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neves, Johnny; Jota, Jimenez. Subs: Ruddy, Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Vinagre, Traore, Kilman.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Origi, Mane. Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri.
With just under 45 minutes until kick-off, the lineups have been confirmed. Let's check out who's starting for both sides...
Good afternoon and welcome to one of the biggest Premier League final weekends in recent years. Liverpool will face Wolves today and, if results go their way, the Reds could end their 29 year-long domestic title drought in front of their home fans.
Tom Cunild

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