Ruben Neves can hold his head high after display against Liverpool
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool: Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay
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Ruben Neves can hold his head high after display against Liverpool

Wolves are out of the FA Cup after losing the third round replay 1-0 to Liverpool at Molineux.

Julen Lopetegui’s side produced a poor performance at home, which is disappointing considering how the two teams got on at the weekend.

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Wolves started on the front foot.

But it was Liverpool who broke the deadlock.

Rayan Ait-Nouri had a chance for Wolves, but Liverpool then came away with the ball and Harvey Elliott lashed his shot in from distance.

Jose Sa’s positioning was slightly questionable, but it was a good hit from the youngster.

Julen Lopetegui made a couple of changes at half-time following a really poor display, putting on Matheus Nunes and Nelson Semedo for Joe Hodge and Dexter Lembikisa.

Wolves gave a slightly improved performance, but were only really able to produce half-chances.

It was a very disappointing display overall.

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But one man who can hold his head high is Ruben Neves.

Neves was fantastic in midfield for the hosts and had complete control of the game in the second-half.

He sprayed several brilliant long passes out wide to Adama Traore, who unfortunately had one of his worst outings for a while.

In all honesty, it was the kind of performance that would have had other clubs very keen to liberate him. Liverpool have been linked with the 25-year-old and would surely have liked what they saw.

Ruben Neves a shining example to his Wolves teammates

Wolves simply weren’t at it tonight.

It was one of the worst displays under Lopetegui so far, and a bit of a reality check.

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But the FA Cup is not the priority, and the players must now put everything into the Premier Leageu survival bid.

One thing is for sure – Neves is going to give his absolute all in the coming months.

And it’s on the other players to follow his shining example.