Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Liverpool
Kenny Dalgliesh – one of my favorites as a player back then – comes to Molineux tomorrow as the caretaker manager of Liverpool FC and will try to get points for a – so far this season – team in decline.
Will ‘King Kenny’ succeed in his mission at the Golden Palace? I doubt it. Wolves showed at Anfield that they are the better team of the two in a very deserved, but their first and so far only away win this season – and at home we are much better.
And we have strengthened our team since. And I’m not first and foremost talking about the signing of former Liverpool player Adam Hammill, but the fact that we have several players back who were injured when we played Pool away.
Our Captain Karl Henry is back and Jody Craddock is also available. When we played Liverpool in October Doyle was also out injured, so our backbone is much better.
George Elokobi is still serving a suspension, though, and Dave Edwards is reported to have an illness after his hamstring injury, but he will be back soon. Ebanks-Blake, Mancienne, Guédioura and Kightly are all still injured (with a little reservation for SEB).
In Liverpool Gerrard is still banned and Jovanovic is out with illness. Carragher is injured long term. Joe Cole played one half with the reserves and will probably figure in the game.
I strongly believe in that running wolf. 😆 Now then. Wolves have experimented a bit with the backline lately against Manchester City and in the cup against Donny. It was a successful experiment and it showed that with Zubar on the left and Mouyokolo on the right we were better at turning the game and had more firepower going forward.
But will this experiment become the natural order from start already against Liverpool tomorrow? I doubt it. I think it could weaken our defensive abilities and therefore it will – for now – only be used if we need to strengthen our offensive capabilities and abilities to score.
Another question is if Jody Craddock will play from start. I doubt that aswell. He played the whole game against Doncaster Rovers, but there’s a different in tempo between Premier League and playing a Championship team. He will probably watch the game from the bench.
But Karl Henry will make his come back in the engine room and play with the – together with Kevin Doyle – most given in the starting eleven, Nenad Milijas. Hunty and Jarvo will very certain play from start on the wings, with Hammill waiting to come in to play after an hour or so.
Fletcher and Doyle will of course be our forward pairing and I hope that Fletch will not make me wish that Ebanks-Blake is injury free and that he will add a presence in the air to our play. And a couple of goals, of course.
It looks like the Liverpool team is a little easier to pick. They don’t possess that many players with the standard to play in the first eleven in a PL match. 😆
The only question is if Cole will play from start or come on later. I believe the latter.