Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool; Barclays Premier League; Molineux; Tuesday January 31 2012; KO: 1945
Kenny Dalglish’s only injury worry ahead of this trip to the midlands is that of Jay Spearing, the holding midfielder is struggling to shake off a hamstring injury, while Luis Suarez is serving the last of his eight-game suspension.
The Reds boss is expected to make more changes to his squad after two tough cup games in the past week – Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt may return to the starting line-up, as could Charlie Adam
Wolves will be missing captain Karl Henry for the visit of the Merseysiders, as he is still serving his three-game suspension for the red card picked up against Aston Villa.
Jamie O’Hara and Jody Craddock are still out though hernia and hamstring problems respectively, but on-loan Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been cleared to play after suffering an eye-injury in the same Villa game.
McCarthy snubbed Dalglish’s date request
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has revealed he snubbed a request from Liverpool to push their fixture back 24 hours.
Kenny Dalglish will take his side to Molineux tonight for the sides’ Premier League clash, but it will be reluctantly on the part of the Reds.
Liverpool have played two intense Cup games in the past seven days, but the Wolves chief understood it to be more about the Merseysiders’ movements in the transfer window affecting preparation for the game.
“I know Liverpool wanted to play the game on the Wednesday and asked me about it and I said 'no chance',” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“We are going down to QPR on Saturday so why would I play a day later? I want as much time to prepare for both games but I could understand Liverpool's request.
“Kenny just asked me because they might be doing something (in the transfer market) and I understood it - but he understand my reasons for not changing.”
It will be a trying week for Liverpool and the success they found in their Cup games with the two Manchester sides could aid Wolves attempts to bring them back down to earth.
The midlands side have not won for ten matches, but they have not played for ten days due to not being in the fourth round of the FA Cup.