Liverpool-Wolverhampton Wanderers: Sadio Mané double not enough as Liverpool miss out on the Premier League title by a point (2-0)
With the Premier League title hanging in the balance, Liverpool hosted Wolves in a must win fixture that would bear a direct result on the title race. Could Jürgen Klopp’s side overcome a steely Wolves outfit with a daring record against the top six? Even if they could, they would have to rely on Brighton cancelling out Manchester City if they were to win the Premier League for the first time in their history.
Tactical analysis and match report by Tom Quartly.
Jürgen Klopp’s men had won the reverse fixture 2-0 back in December but this game felt more like a cup final than a league tie. A must win. Golden boot-chasing Mohamed Salah was recalled to the lineup in place of Xherdan Shaqiri whilst the rest of the side remained relatively unchanged in Klopp’s usual 4-3-3 formation that oversaw a remarkable comeback in midweek: a 4-0 win against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Wolves had ten points from a possible eighteen at home against the top six, but away, they had been woeful. Manager Nuno Espírito Santo had all but guaranteed 7th place for a side making their return to the Premier League, an outstanding achievement. The Portuguese manager made no changes from their 1-0 win against Fulham the week before, sticking to the same 3-5-2 shape that had worked all season.
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