By William Hill
Last Updated: 27th December 2019
After brushing aside their closest competitors at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Boxing Day, Jurgen Klopp claimed his Liverpool side “don’t feel, think about or mention” the Premier League title. Sitting 13 points clear at the top of the table, it’s hard to imagine Liverpool’s players haven’t considered the prospect of ending their club’s 30-year wait for the biggest prize of all.
As the Reds aim to finish the year with a win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, we preview Sunday’s clash.
Liverpool send a message with thumping win at Leicester
A comprehensive 4–0 victory against second placed Leicester City telegraphed a statement of intent from Jurgen Klopp’s men that will be impossible for their rivals to ignore. Unsung hero Roberto Firmino grabbed Liverpool’s first goal with a close range header, before sliding in a cool finish late on to make it 3-0. The Brazilian is 13/10 to score again on Sunday, and 50/1 for a hat-trick.
Both of Firmino’s goals were set up by deserved man of the match Trent Alexander Arnold, who also grabbed his second goal of the season with a low drive to cap an perfect night for the runaway Premier League leaders. The England international is 7/1 to score again on Sunday.
Last season’s top goal scorers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah had a rare off-night against Leicester, with neither finding the net in their last three games. They’ll be hoping to find their shooting boots here, with Mane priced at 19/20 and Salah 5/6 to score anytime.
Wolves look to slay another giant
Winning 52 of the last 54 available points has made Jurgen Klopp’s team appear virtually unstoppable. Sunday’s opponents, Wolves, however, have built a reputation for punching above their weight.
The formidable athleticism of winger Adama Traore was expertly deployed by manager Nuno Espirito Santo in his side’s 0-2 victory at the Etihad earlier this season. Traore is priced at 11/2 to score on Sunday, with his team 12/1 to win the match and take out another top-six scalp.
Indeed, in spite of their impressive form this season it is hard to envisage Wolves beating Liverpool on Sunday, as the underdogs faces champions Manchester City just 45 hours earlier. A draw is priced at 24/5, with Liverpool at 27/100. Given Liverpool’s extra day of rest, as well as their scintillating form this season, it is hardly surprising that the Anfield outfit are such overwhelming favourites.
As such, it could be worth backing the Reds -1.5 at 4/5. They looked better than ever against Leicester and could put Wolves to the sword.