Wolves face a mammoth task on Saturday, as they host Liverpool in the Premier League.
Bruno Lage has done a good job since his summer arrival, pulling the side up to sixth in the table after a bumpy start to his tenure. After losing four of his first five Premier League outings, the 45-year-old oversaw five victories in the subsequent seven fixtures although now needs to regain a goal-scoring touch, having drawn 0-0 against Norwich and Burnley in their last two outings.
Saturday’s opponents are a Liverpool side who are in frightening form, having beaten Arsenal 4-0, Southampton 4-0 and Everton 4-1 in each of their last three league fixtures.
Here’s how Lage could set up to upset the odds.
Jose Sa (GK) – In a great run of form between the sticks, having kept clean sheets in each of the last three outings.
Max Kilman (CB) – Quietly becoming a serious player, demonstrating great defensive nous and an eye for a pass in this watchable Wolves system.
Conor Coady (CB) – Playing Liverpool is always a special occasion for Coady. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a nightmare.
Romain Saiss (CB) – In for a tough afternoon defensively, but could prove crucial in potentially snatching a result with his aerial ability.
Nelson Semedo (RWB) – Put in a decent performance last time out, although needs to unlock his inner Reece James to start producing clinical moments for the team.
Ruben Neves (CM) – Served his one-match ban as Wolves played Burnley and will certainly be reinstated to the midfield, holding such an influential presence in there.
Joao Moutinho (CM) – Such a pivotal player at the heart of this Wolves side, the 35-year-old just doesn’t stop.
Rayan Ait-Nouri (LWB) – Wasn’t all that impressive going forward last time out but, with Jonny still out injured, he’ll likely continue here.
Adama Traore (RW) – Was a bright spark throughout Wolves’ last outing and really looked capable of firing his side back into the goals. Deserves another chance in this one.
Raul Jimenez (ST) – An undisputed starter in this Wolves side, Jimenez is searching for a fourth Premier League goal of the season.
Hwang Hee-chan (LW) – A generally impressive player within the final third, although will be keen to end what is now a five-game goal drought.