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Our weekly Liverpool Jury columnists discuss Wednesday’s win over Wolves and preview Sunday’s game against Manchester United

Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win at home to Wolves on Wednesday night.

The win lifted the Reds to sixth in the Premier League, with Jurgen Klopp’s side now six points clear of the top four with one game less.

Attention now turns to Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United, which promises to be a fascinating afternoon of football at Anfield.

With this league gathering in mind, four supporters shared their views in a weekly ECHO fan column.

It’s understandable that after a sloppy and slow first half against Wolves, there has been nervous energy around Anfield, especially given the stop-start nature of our season so far. However, what I loved the most was the Reds’ grit and resilience in the second half and how we endured the usual time-wasting antics and some confusing decisions from the referees. I saw raw determination in some key players to get us over the line. Trent and Virgil were terrific and refused to succumb to a dreary night at Anfield.

Elsewhere, Nunez remains a beacon of hope brimming with energy and sparks in a gray season. I have a good feeling he’s going to wreak all sorts of havoc on the big Sunday. and it goes something like this: (a) Fabinho’s rehabilitation continues (87% passing success, 3 tackles), (b) Harvey has provided evidence that he can play three in a functional midfield , (c) Jota looked for a neater injury, (d) Virgil was imperious and now leads an impenetrable new defence, (e) Trent looked at himself more and took personal responsibility for the first goal in the second half, (f ) Tsimikas has again proven that he is more than capable. an interpreter of Hat (1 assist, 2 assists) and (g) Mo scored a valuable goal.

United’s visit – if I may misinterpret Klopp’s terminology for a moment – will be a “real challenge”, but at least we look functional and mentally healthy again as a team. The funk is over, now the fun begins.

It’s hard to imagine looking positively this season. However, here we are in the middle of a championship run with ten points from the last twelve having earned four consecutive shutouts. But there is still a palpable sense of unease. False dawns, momentary cues, fool gold, or a rich streak – it’s all part of being a fan.

Klopp’s side looked lost at sea against Palace. They lacked the kind of moxie you’ve come to expect from previous campaigns, on the bright side, they didn’t find a way to lose all three points. Then Wolves came to town less than a month after embarrassing the Reds at Molineux. Liverpool showed courage, determination and perseverance to secure victory.

Right now, the team is looking for ways to get out of the hole they dug with their abysmal form during the first two-thirds of the schedule. This doesn’t mean we’re free, nor does it mean there’s no business to do next season.

Sunday will be a kind of cup final with many things up for grabs: bragging rights, fighting for fourth place and keeping fit. Three points, one requirement

Fittingly, on the first day of spring, a 2-0 win over Wolves brought fresh green shoots. There was a lot to find. Positive aggressiveness and more signs of major cutting heightened the performance. The fourth consecutive clean sheet in the Premier League was also very welcome.

Virgil van Dijk – fresh to name him in the FIFA World XI – capped off an impressive performance with his opening goal. Mohamed Salah, meanwhile, has doubled his lead, meaning the Egyptian has now scored 20 or more goals in all competitions in each of his six seasons with the Reds. Mark of their enduring class – and further reason for encouragement.

It was a nice improvement in Saturday’s draw at Crystal Palace and maintained a sense of consistent upward mobility. The sixth in the chart at the time of writing helps with that.

At this weekend. Liverpool vs Manchester United doesn’t need a lot of stories. It’s big, and that feeling is probably reinforced by the broader context of the season. Anfield and the club can thrive on days like Sunday. It should be a good test. And given those green shoots mentioned earlier, it’s one we can head towards with a spring in our step.