It has been a long nine days since Wolverhampton Wanderers were last in action.
Nuno Santo’s men played out a 0-0 draw with Midlands rivals Aston Villa – a game that they should have won.
Romain Saiss somehow blazed an effort over the bar from just a matter of yards out; a moment in the match that proved pivotal for both teams.
Small cracks are starting to appear in this Wolves side again, though. They haven’t won in their last three games and received a battering at the hands of Manchester City in the process.
In a normal season, they may well be on the end of a similar result against Liverpool on Monday. That being said, the Reds have lost six of their last seven Premier League outings. It’s a remarkable turn of events for a club who have been so impressive in recent years.
With that in mind, Wolves should feel confident about their chances this evening, but how will they line-up?
Here’s what we’re predicting at Football FanCast.
We think that Nuno may go in a similar way to how he fielded his team against Manchester City.
That means Nelson Semedo starts at right wing in order for Wolves to get the most from his attacking attributes. As a result, Willian Jose drops out and Adama Traore moves into the central role he started in at the Etihad.
Jose has found life difficult since moving from Real Sociedad in the winter and is yet to score a single goal in Wolves colours. With Liverpool’s defence as fragile as it is, Traore could prove to be a real weapon for the Molineux outfit.
With Semedo moving forward it means that Ki-Jana Hoever comes in at right wing-back to play against the team that sold him last summer.
There is a second change in defence where the £23k-per-week Saiss drops out. We bemoaned his performance against Villa a few weeks ago and with Willy Boly now fit, he has to start.
The Frenchman has been back on the bench and after having nine days to train with the squad, should be in good shape to play from the off.
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