Liverpool’s captain Steven Gerrard, absent through injury sustained whilst on international duty for England, is back in the starting line-up for tonight’s visit of struggling Wolves.
Having seen their side’s last two fixtures postponed due to the weather the Anfield crowd will be expecting a big performance from the Reds to make amends for that awful 3-1 defeat at Newcastle in their last game.
It remains to be seen how Hodgson intends to use Gerrard today. Lucas and Meireles had forged a good partnership in central midfield – with Meireles playing in his normal position – but Roy is expected to break this partnership up by putting Gerrard into the centre and moving Meireles out to the right. Dirk Kuyt is almost certain to start on the left side of the midfield.
Daniel Agger, rumoured to be one of those players out of favour with the manager, returns from injury to take a place on the bench, with Skrtel and Kyrgiakos given the nod to start. Glen Johnson starts at right-back with Paul Konchesky at left-back in his first game since details of derogatory comments made by his mother about the people of Liverpool hit the headlines.
Fernando Torres and David Ngog are the front two today for what really needs to be a convincing win from the Reds. However, although Wolves are bottom of the table going into the game, Liverpool are just three points above Wigan in the relegation zone (with one game in hand).
Liverpool need to go into the new year with renewed confidence, bringing to an end a year that won’t be remembered for good things on the pitch.
There will also be a show of respect for Avi Cohen, the former Liverpool defender and Israeli international who sadly passed away this week following a road accident. Rather than a minute’s silence, Liverpool will ask spectators to join in a period of applause for the man best remembered at Anfield for helping secure the 1980 league title.
Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Konchesky; Meireles, Lucas, Gerrard, Kuyt; Torres, Ngog
Subs: Jones, Agger, Aurelio, Cole, Maxi, Poulsen, Babel.