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4-4-2 might be the way to go for Wolves after Liverpool draw

Wolves played out a 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Saturday night – and fans saw Julen Lopetegui deploy a 4-4-2 for the first time.

Wanderers were extremely unlucky not to win at Anfield.

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A couple of controversial offside decisions meant there will be a replay at Molineux.

Fans have slammed the decision to rule out Toti Gomes’ late strike, for what was supposedly an offside against Matheus Nunes.

There were no camera angles available to determine the midfielder’s position. This, after the ball came back out to him from a corner, and so the on-field decision had to be upheld.

Aside from that shambolic decision, there was plenty to like about Wolves on Merseyside.

It was really interesting to see Lopetegui set up with a 4-4-2 formation.

He might have gone with three centre-backs and looked to hit Liverpool on the counter.

But he was brave, and Wolves actually played some great stuff and created chances.

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Raul Jimenez and Goncalo Guedes played as a pairing, with the latter dropping in a bit when Liverpool had the ball.

Moving forwards, this could be the way to go for Wolves.

It just makes sense to have two centre-forwards.

Jimenez and Diego Costa have both struggled this season. So why not get someone like Guedes, Matheus Cunha or Hwang Hee-chan to support one of them as a second striker?

4-4-2 formation was successful against Liverpool and will surely have given Lopetegui food for thought

It was only because of two highly contentious decisions that Wolves did not beat Liverpool on Saturday night.

Lopetegui arguably outcoached Jurgen Klopp, and he must now think about using that system more often.

Wanderers looked very comfortable in it from a defensive standpoint. But they also looked threatening too.

It seemed to have the perfect blend.

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And importantly, it’s a system that really seemed to suit Nunes.

He came on as a sub against the Reds, and was absolutely superb in a double pivot with youngster Joe Hodge.

Choosing a system that gets the most out of him is going to be especially paramount