Conor Coady has hailed Bruno Lage, and urged Wolves fans to look at the season as a whole, with the club securing a 10th placed finish in the Premier League for 2021/22.

Wanderers went into the final round of fixtures in eighth place, the position they had occupied for a number of weeks.

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It was always going to be difficult to get a result against Liverpool at Anfield.

Wolves made a great start, going ahead inside three minutes through Pedro Neto.

But the Reds hit back through Sadio Mane, before Mo Salah and Andy Robertson added goals in the second-half.

The 3-1 defeat, combined with Leicester City beating Southampton 4-1, and Brighton beating West Ham United 3-1, saw Wolves slip down to 10th.

That has cost Wolves £4 million in prize money.

It has been a tough past couple of months for Bruno Lage’s side, who have finished the campaign with a seven-game winless run.

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Fans feel frustrated, but captain Coady believes it has been a season of improvement.

Praising the work of his manager, he said (via Wolves official): “It’s huge. Huge. Not many people are looking at that at the minute. A lot of people are talking about the last few weeks, but the last few weeks have been disappointing. But the whole season needs to be looked at as a whole.

“The season is 38 games and we’ve come into the season when not many people expected us to do so well, but we’ve had to listen to the manager all season and he’s been fantastic, the players have been fantastic and it’s important now we try to use that and move forward as much as we can to get better.”

Wolves finished 13th last season with 45 points. This term, it’s 10th with 51 points.

It is a slight improvement, but it is difficult to accept when one thinks about the opportunities to push on for Wolves over the past couple of months.

Wolves’ sorry end to the season to finish 10th is difficult to overlook

Lage surpassed Nuno Espirito Santo’s final points tally for Wolves, and finished a few places higher.

In that sense, it’s been a successful first season for him.

But Wolves’ end to 2021/22 has been very frustrating. The likes of Burnley, Brighton and Norwich were all great opportunities to win.

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The prospect of getting European football should have been a great motivator.

Instead, it seemed to inhibit the players.

Hopefully the club will now have a big summer, and Lage will be backed in the transfer market so he can build on the 10th-placed finish. Many fans will be expected much more next term.

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