Jurgen Klopp is not the only one disappointed that Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are missing on Monday – so is Wolves ’ Pedro Neto.
Neto has been a bright spot in Nuno Espirito Santo’s season.
But the 21-year-old wants to improve and says there would be no better people to measure himself against than the duo who are currently crocked.
He said: “I’d prefer it if Van Dijk and Gomez were playing because I want to play against the best so I can improve.
“What’s the best thing in football? When we can play with the best. That’s why I’m in this league, to show I can do my job and play my own game.”
That self-confidence is perhaps borne of a regular place in Nuno’s starting XI.
Team-mate Ruben Neves has already hailed Neto’s impact. The highly-rated midfielder believes the young winger has been the club’s best player this season. And skipper Conor Coady keeps telling the winger how far he has come.
However, Neto said: “I don’t know how to say it, but I’m not bothered about that. I care about being the best and then, if other people talk about me, that’s fine. But I don’t like talking about myself.
“If they say I’m being the best, then it’s good to be recognised.
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“I know a lot of people of my age would like to be where I am. Coady sometimes says, ‘Look where you are at 21.’
“I thank him and say, ‘Please don’t say that’, although it is very good to hear it.”
Neto has scored five goal for his side this season as well as providing five assists, with Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness recently claiming he is “destined to go to one of the really big clubs”.
Wolves have no fresh injury concerns for Monday’s meeting, while Liverpool are still waiting on the fitness of Roberto Firmino.