Wolves will be quietly confident when they welcome Liverpool to Molineux on Saturday afternoon.

Last time the reds visited Molineux, Wolves walked out comfortable 3-0 victors in what was a highlight of last season.

This time they’ve been handed reasons to be confident too, with Virgil van Djik suspended, with Liverpool also missing Trent Alexander-Arnold through injury.

Wolves find themselves on just three points after four games, so any point here would be classed as a win for Gary O’Neil.

However it would be considered a miraculous event if a point was secured, given how confident Sky Sports’ Paul Merson is that Liverpool will have an easy afternoon.

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Merson predicts Wolves thrashing

Paul Merson has predicted the Wolves and Liverpool game in his weekly predictions column on Sky Sports.

Merson has predicted a tough afternoon for Wolves, due mainly to his admiration for Liverpool and that he sees them as title contenders.

“I’m starting to sense that Liverpool might just be the ones to put it up to Manchester City this season.

“That ‘purr’ associated with all the great Jurgen Klopp teams has returned. It was on full show during their destructive dismantling of an albeit overrated but still dangerous Aston Villa side before the international break.”

If Merson was writing the Premier League script, Old Gold would have no chance.

But we don’t think that the result is as open and closed as Merson predicts however, and here is why…

Why points are there for the taking against Liverpool

Liverpool have a few notable absentees, players who they have historically struggled without.

This will automatically make the game tough for Liverpool, as it happens to be their captain and vice-captain.

But the reason we are envisioning a close game is Wolves have been on-par with every team played this season.

Against Manchester United, Brighton and Crystal Palace, losses were unfortunate despite the scorelines.

Therefore don’t be surprised to see Wolves sneaking a draw, or even a win here…

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