Hello and welcome back to Monday Night Football with CM9798 where we look to recreate some of the magic of the 1990’s by giving a fixture from the current Premier League season the CM9798 touch.
Last week we looked ahead to last Saturday’s Newcastle vs. Chelsea fixture where we predicted a 2-2 draw. Whilst we didn’t get it all right, we predicted an efficient Newcastle and a resilient Dubravka so we’ll take that.
This time we put it to you and in the end, you voted that we look at this week’s mid-week fixture of Wolves vs. Liverpool.
So far Liverpool are having a tremendous season under Klopp and look set to better Arsenal’s invincibles. Meanwhile Wolves’ season started early but they are still in Europe and knocking on the door for European places and have done the double over Pep’s Man City despite becoming quite the draw specialists.
It’s ever possible that, given their last outing against Liverpool being so close Wolves will opt for the 3-4-3 that has worked so well for them to date.
As certain as the sun coming up each day, we don’t expect Klopp to move away from his trusted 4-3-3 with the potent trio up top.
Here we are at Molineux and the opening exchanges are dominated by a quick-out-the-blocks Wolves with Neves and Jimenez forcing some tidy saves from Alison and a number of pressured corners from Neto. But it all goes wrong on 32 minutes as Saiss receives his marching orders for hauling down Salah. Salah and Firmino supply three absolute rockets and Liverpool go in 3 goals to the good.
Wolves faded after the red card and have done little to fend off the pressure.
You can see Liverpool’s creative burst post red card with Salah and Mane reclaiming possession through pressing the Wolves defence.
Liverpool picked up where they left off, pressing the Wolves defence as Firmino set up both his strike partners to slide past Patricio with ease. The deadly trio ultimately deciding the fate of the match.
Wolves picked up a few extra chances, albeit it not clear-cut ones. The failings lying at the back.
Liverpool continue to break up possession in the Wolves half to create their chances.
And with that Liverpool deliver the kind of result you’d expect of World Champions. A result that they would like to happen but would not appear to be expected of late.
Back in Time
At your request, and for comparison we’ve gone through the looking glass to 1997 to see what would have been the comparable result at the time.
A much closer affair in 1997 as a Michael Owen lead Premier League Liverpool come un-stuck against a Darren Ferguson inspired Wolves.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Monday Night Football we’re already one result off the pace, perhaps we’ll be wrong again!!!
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