We've said this about the previous two games, but I really mean it this time. Saturday morning's encounter with Wolves should be when we find out most about Dalglish. He's had a full week of training to impart his ideas, which he hadn't had before. Aside from Gerrard's suspension and Carragher's long term injury, he's pretty much got everyone to pick from. It's Wolves, who are entertaining and capable of biting the big boys but are also 19th, one point off the bottom. What I do know for sure is that Kenny will not send out his team trying not to concede away from home, which we saw far too often this season.
Some lineup questions abound. Will Joe Cole get to start off his performance in the reserves? He only played 45 minutes there so he's obviously being saved for something. This would allow Jay Spearing to go back to the bench with Meireles deeper, which is probably how it should be. Searing hasn't proven he's up for this level yet, and with points desperately needed now's not the time. Is Babel's head on straight? Could he man the right or left and let Kuyt partner Torres? Is that even a good idea with Kuyt having the touch of a negative ion right now? Likely, Dalglish sticks with the same formation we saw against Everton. That will mean Glen Johnson still playing at left back, but I'd still rather see that than have to live through Paul Konchesky again. Don't you? Skrtel will partner Agger, and hopefully Skittles can draw any measure of confidence from Agger's assured displays, because he needs it. If Skrtel can't turn it around, could trying Danny Wilson be any worse?
As we said, Wolves are almost stapled to the bottom. This is a team that beat us at home, beat Chelsea, scored three on Man City at Eastlands and gave United a scare as well. They're coming off sliding past Doncaster in a Cup replay. But they've also lost to Wigan, West Ham, and Blackburn, which we can no longer laugh at, can we? Mick McCarthy won't hesitate to come at Pool, just as he did at Anfield, which gave us all sorts of headaches. Steven Hunt, Steven Fletcher, and Kevin Doyle will be all part of the squad buzzing around our defense. Ronald Zubar will be marshaling Fernando Torres.
If there's going to be any sort of revival, it has to start tomorrow. Dalglish can't start out without a win in four and we think it's all going to be all right. This isn't the same Liverpool team Wolves beat, though. While results haven't bared it out, Liverpool have more zip and belief about them. Scoring first hasn't been the problem, holding it has been. Still, I can't help but feel that if the same positivity can be maintained, Liverpool will find more than one goal and some defensive solidarity. It starts now.