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Premier League

  • 1 February 2012
  • • 01:15
  • • Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 27447

Wolves – Liverpool Preview: Both sides have mustered just one Premier League win between them in their last 12 games

Mick McCarthy is coming under increasing pressure following a poor run of results and knows his team will have to be at their best to overcome Kenny Dalglish's inconsistent outfit


Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward
Kightly, Milijas, Edwards, Jarvis
Ebanks-Blake, Fletcer

Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Kuyt, Gerrard, Henderson, Adam, Bellamy
Wolves are short in the centre of midfield with Karl Henry suspended following his red card against Aston Villa, while Emmanuel Frimpong and Jamie O’Hara are out injured so Nenad Milijas is likely to be handed a start.

With Kevin Doyle currently out of favour, starting just once in the last six Premier League games, Sylvain Ebanks-Blake is likely to partner top scorer Steven Fletcher upfront.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has a near full squad to choose from, and is likely to name a similar side to the one that defeated Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday, although Craig Bellamy may take the place of Stewart Downing.

Lucas Leiva and Jay Spearing are the only absentees though the visitors have plenty of cover in the centre of midfield.

  • In the last meeting between the two sides at Molineux Liverpool were 3-0 winners with Fernando Torres scoring twice – the last goals he scored for the club before his £50million switch to Chelsea
  • Wolves have only defeated Liverpool once in seven Premier League attempts.
  • In past league meetings this game averages 1.57 goals a game.
  • Wolves have not won in the Premier League at home since beating Sunderland 2-1 on the December 4.
  • Liverpool have registered just one Premier League away victory in their last 5 attempts.
  • Mick McCarthy’s (right) men are on a current run of nine Premier League games without a win.
  • Kenny Dalglish’s side are also on a dip in the league at the moment – winning just once in their last six.
  • Despite Liverpool’s league position of 7th and Wolves respective position of 19th, the two sides have scored the same amount of Premier League goals this season – 25.
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