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Predicted Wolves XI to face Liverpool

Wolves take on Liverpool tonight in the Premier League, with the teams meeting for the fourth time this calendar year.

Wanderers are looking to get back to winning ways, having last drawn against Fulham.

It was a decent February for Wolves, with seven points picked up from a possible 12.

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The month started fantastically, with wins over Liverpool and Southampton.

But a shock defeat to Bournemouth then provided a reality check. And on Friday, Wanderers took a point against Fulham.

Lopetegui will be keen to win tonight, and will take heart from the last meeting between the two teams. Wolves won 3-0 at Molineux, putting in their best performance of the season.

Here’s an XI the Spaniard may go with tonight…

Predicted Wolves XI to face Liverpool – Lopetegui goes 4-4-2 as Adama Traore comes in for Matheus Cunha

It is actually hard to see Lopetegui making too many changes to the side that started against Fulham.

The defence likely won’t see any alterations, so Jose Sa could again be protected by Nelson Semedo, Craig Dawson, Max Kilman and Hugo Bueno.

It is worth mentioning that Rayan Ait-Nouri has had some good games against Mo Salah in the past.

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But Bueno was named Player of the Match against Fulham and simply doesn’t deserve to lose his starting berth.

Lopetegui went 4-4-2 last time out against the Reds. It would be no surprise if he did the same again tonight.

It worked a treat last time, so it could be that Matheus Nunes again plays from the left to allow Mario Lemina and Ruben Neves to operate in the middle.

Adama Traore may get a start in place of Matheus Cunha.

Cunha’s injury isn’t serious, but Lopetegui may not risk the Brazilian.

So Traore could come in, with Pablo Sarabia, 30, moving to a more central role. Sarabia has the ability to play anywhere in attacking midfield, and would potentially slot in well for Cunha.

The Spaniard might play off Raul Jimenez, who was fantastic against Fulham.

Sarabia and Jimenez combined against the Cottagers for a lovely goal, and Lopetegui may hope the duo can come in clutch against Liverpool.

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Daniel Podence has been one of Wolves’ best players this season.

But it feels like he could miss out tonight given how Nunes playing from the left worked really well last time against the Reds.

He could potentially get the nod over Traore. But Traore is a better fit on that right side than Podence.

Wolves are more than capable of winning this game against Liverpool.

Wanderers need a fast start and to not allow the Anfield crowd to get behind their side.

Wolves (4-4-2): Sa/Semedo, Dawson, Kilman, Bueno/A.Traore, Neves, Lemina, Nunes/Sarabia, Jimenez.