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BETTING PREVIEW: LIVERPOOL vs WOLVES

Liverpool are set to play a key role in what is sure to be one of the most enthralling final days of action in the English Premier League on Sunday.

Along with Manchester City, Liverpool will be at the centre of attention when they host Wolves at Anfield. For Jurgen Klopp’s team, the task is simple: make sure of victory and then hope for a massive favour from Aston Villa against City.

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To recap, one of the most fascinating title races in recent memory sees City head into the final day of action with just a solitary log point lead over the Reds.

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It’s a crucial advantage, but there will undoubtedly be some considerable nerves in the Manchester City camp, especially considering they could have been in a far more comfortable position.

Last Sunday, City battled back to claim a draw against West Ham, but there is no getting away from the fact that they dropped two crucial points – with Riyad Mahrez having missed a late penalty.

A victory for Pep Guardiola’s team would have virtually assured them of the title considering they have a handy goal difference advantage (72 to 66).

However, the door has now been left slightly ajar for the Reds to retain some hope heading into the final round of action where anything could happen.

Klopp strategically fielded an entire second string XI in their 2-1 win away to Southampton on Tuesday, but will of course call on his best available players for this season finale.

Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Mo Salah weren’t risked against Southampton in mid-week, but will all be back on Sunday, and the Egyptian superstar will be looking to make another play for the Golden Boot award.

In the opposite camp, Daniel Podence notably returned from injury as a substitute in Wolves’ 1-1 draw with Norwich last weekend, and it will be interesting to see what role he plays on Sunday.

Bruno Lage’s team are currently eighth on the Premier League table, and could be a tricky season-ending opponent for Liverpool, but the fact remains that the Reds have won their last six matches against Wolves in all competitions.

Wolves have also stuttered to the finish line, having failed to win their last six league matches, while Liverpool have won 15 of their last 17 matches in the EPL.

All signs suggest that Liverpool – with less pressure on their shoulders as title underdogs – will get the job done quite comfortably on Sunday. A 2-0 scoreline (Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six matches against Wolves) would be a good bet, before all focus turns to seeing how City finish against Aston Villa.

“It is possible (to win the title), not likely but possible. That is enough,” commented Klopp, who won the Premier League in 2020 but could see City claim a fourth title in five years.

“If someone wants us to be champion then we have to win first and Aston Villa need to get a point at City.

“We all know. We never gave up. We’ll give it a try. It’s our home game, last home game of season. The atmosphere will be outstanding. We’ll try to use it. We have to do our job. Football is a tricky game sometimes. Aston Villa play on Thursday and then Sunday. We’ll see but you have to focus on yourselves.”

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