Liverpool will host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield this Saturday for a 3pm kick-off after both teams got back to winning ways in the midweek Carling Cup fixtures.
Liverpool have lost their last two consecutive away games in the league to Stoke, 1-0, and to Tottenham, 4-0, in a worrying display that saw the Reds record their biggest loss to Spurs for over 48 years as well as having Charlie Adam and Martin Sktrel sent off in the process.
Wolves are in a similar vein of form after picking up seven points from a possible nine in their opening games, they went on to lose twice at home in their last two fixtures, including a 3-0 defeat to newly-promoted QPR.
Both teams recorded wins in the Carling Cup midweek games against lower league opposition, with Liverpool beating Brighton 2-1 away on Wednesday night and being boosted by the return of Captain Steven Gerrard as well as a Craig Bellamy’s first goal for the club.
Gerrard came on as a substitute in the 74th minute after a long-term groin injury that saw him miss out on competitive action since March, and was on hand to see Dirk Kuyt finish off Brighton in the 80th minute.
Dalglish’s defensive problems may also be lightened with the return to training of Glen Johnson and Fabio Aurelio, with both full backs hoping to be in contention for a place in Saturday’s squad to face Wolves.
Wolves emphatically overcame Millwall 5-0 at Molineux with an encouraging goal from midfielder Adlene Guedioura, who returned to action after a year-long injury, and also set up George Elokobi’s first half goal after a brilliant run.
The Algerian midfielder capped off Wolves storming win with a goal in the 87th minute and hopefully put his injury of last year behind him, after he broke his leg last September in a challenge from Steve Sidwell in Wolves’ 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa.
Mick McCarthy will be hoping for a repeat performance of this fixture from last year when his team came out of Anfield with all three points thanks to a winner from Irishman Stephen Ward, in a game that was Wolves’ first win over Liverpool in 27 years.
McCarthy’s men were well worth their win that day in December of 2010 and it was only 10 days later that Roy Hodgson lost his job to herald in the second reign of ‘King Kenny’ at Liverpool.
Wolves have put together a four game unbeaten run away from home and although they did come out on top in this fixture last year, Dalglish’s side will be galvanised after getting back to winning ways on Wednesday and with the return of their long-time talisman Gerrard, this game’s outcome doesn’t look as hopeful for McCarthy and Wolves.