Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton: Premier League Matchday 38

  • Jurgen Klopp's last game as Liverpool manager.
  • Nothing at stake in terms of the table.
  • Secure a final three points for the gaffer.
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The season itself is over for all intents and purposes, but one more major point of business remains- a farewell for Jürgen Norbert Klopp.

It's been a remarkable nine years under the club's most lovable boss, and while this final season is ending without any of the most major honors being brought back to Anfield, it absolutely must end on a high note.

One positive of the situation is that the game is taking place at Anfield, where Klopp will be able to give and receive a proper goodbye from the Liverpool supporters.

The visitors will be a Wolves squad that has nothing to play for- they're quite safe from relegation, but are also very far from contention for the European places.

In theory, a farewell win should be well within reach, but let's break down what we might see in the last Liverpool game with Jürgen Klopp at the helm.

Top of the Pitch

The Klopp era must end the way its peak began; with a vintage Mohamed Salah performance.

The Egyptian King is a brace away from pulling away from Thierry Henry to become the first player to secure three separate Premier League seasons with 20 goals and 10 assists recorded, and his manager is likely to give him a full 90 minutes for old times' sake.

As far as who will join Salah, it's hard to know- the other more sentimental forwards of Klopp's tenure, so to speak, are all gone, and with a big summer ahead, it's not clear who's in the club's future plans.

That being said, it's probably wisest to expect the first-choice duo of Darwin Nunez and Luis Díaz, although Cody Gakpo has been in fantastic form and certainly deserves a start.

They'll be going up against a Wolves back line that ranks below average in the league both in terms of xG conceded and actual goalscoring allowed.

Liverpool will certainly have their chances, and in recent weeks, they've looked much more prepared to finish them, so the chances are good that there will be some farewell goals for the team's attack-minded manager.

The Midfield

Midfield play has truly improved by leaps and bounds over the past season; it's perhaps the greatest gift Klopp is leaving for Arne Slot and the club going forward.

Whether or not they'll be together next season, the trio of Alexis Mac Allister, Wataru Endō and Dominik Szoboszlai have provided the club with some strong performances this season.

They're likely to share the pitch once more this time out, but with all players worn weary by a trying campaign, I wouldn't expect them to do so for a full 90 minutes.

Harvey Elliott has stepped in nicely of late; if he doesn't play as a winger, he'll likely get some run time in the midfield.

Similarly, Ryan Gravenberch has spent the final stages of the season proving his worth as a piece in the Slot era, and should see the pitch as well in some capacity.

Wolves are just about dead average when it comes to possession, but they struggle when it comes to turning it into scoring chances or xG.

Mario Lemina has been a real positive in the middle of the yard, but he's been more or less alone in this regard; it's a fairly thin group, and should have a tough time with Liverpool's own talent.

The Back End

There have been some defensive lapses in weeks past- expect that to continue on Sunday as little is at stake in terms of the final result, and players' minds are on the departure of their manager.

There's plenty of talent at the back, between Virgil van Dijk and Jarell Quansah, but they've recently struggled to put together a solid 90' performance.

Andy Robertson missed the last match with a knock, but is likely to be back for his manager's final game.

Expect him to link up with Trent Alexander-Arnold once more, leaving one more opportunity for Klopp to manage the dynamic duo through which he changed the club's identity.

There is some attacking talent at Wolverhampton; strike partners Hee-Chan Hwang and and Matheus Cunha have 12 Premier League goals each, and will be fighting to finish the year in the team lead.

There's not much going on beyond those two; the team overall is near the bottom of the Premier League goalscoring list, but don't be surprised if they catch Liverpool napping and slot in a half-chance or two.