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Liverpool midfielder fit to face Wolverhampton Wanderers

Liverpool will put an end to their marathon December on Sunday afternoon at Anfield versus Wolverhampton Wanderers. Liverpool go into the fixture 10 points ahead of second-place Leicester City and 14 points in front of reigning champion Manchester City.

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Jurgen Klopp and his squad will need to be wary of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team is coming off of a brilliant come from behind win versus Manchester City on Friday night. Wolves were down 2-0 at one point but came back to win 3-2 thanks to goals from Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez, and Matt Doherty.

The Reds will have captain Jordan Henderson available for the clash after he sustained a knock against Leicester City during the second half of Thursday night’s fixture. Henderson was removed and had his shin iced down on the bench.

Although Henderson will be fit to face off with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Klopp could sit Henderson with Liverpool back in action on Thursday against Sheffield United.

The Liverpool manager could rotate his side as Sunday’s game will be Liverpool’s ninth of December. The Reds have played in four different competitions on two different continents.

Liverpool’s injury list

Klopp still has several players set to miss the fixture and will be relieved that Henderson can play a part in the match. Centre-backs Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren will play no part against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Lovren continues to miss out with a muscle injury. There is no return date for the Croatian currently. Matip is set to return in early January from a knee problem. Centre-back Joe Gomez has stepped in and played well for Liverpool with the absences of the two defenders.

Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains out of action due to an ankle ligament injury suffered at the FIFA Club World Cup. Defensive midfielder Fabinho also remains sidelined through his own leg injury. Striker Rhian Brewster and long-term injury Nathaniel Clyne is out of action as well.

Klopp will see the addition of new signing Takumi Minamino next weekend and it is believed he will go right into the squad to play against Everton in the FA Cup third round. Until then, the manager is likely to rotate his team for Sunday’s match with Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri possibly coming into the team. A win would send Liverpool back to 13 points ahead of Leicester City.

Liverpool defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers twice in the 2018-19 Premier League season by 2-0 scorelines in both fixtures. Wolves did defeat Liverpool in the FA Cup third round at Molineaux last term.