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Lopetegui deserves all the backing in January, he has transformed Wolves

Wolves appear to have turned a corner – and it’s all thanks to Julen Lopetegui.

Last night saw Wanderers turn in their best performance under the new manager since his arrival in November.

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Wanderers held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at Anfield in the third round of the FA Cup.

It should have been a win for the visitors though, with Toti Gomes’ goal somehow being struck off due to an ‘offside’ against Matheus Nunes.

Despite the game ending all square, it is safe to say that this latest performance from Wolves was hugely impressive.

Lopetegui went with a 4-4-2 formation that saw Goncalo Guedes and Raul Jimenez play up top together.

Ruben Neves and Joe Hodge played in central midfield, and Adama Traore and Ait-Nouri were the wingers.

It was a bold team selection, but one that absolutely worked.

Wolves looked more threatening than usual, and showed confidence on the ball. And every player worked their socks off at Anfield.

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There is a new energy about the team now. It’s clear everyone is a lot fitter.

And there is more organisation. The pressing is harder, and more frequent. Players like Adama Traore and Hwang Hee-chan have become noticeably more workmanlike.

Wolves had two days fewer than Liverpool to recover for this game. But you would not necessarily have known that watching it unfold.

And Liverpool were pretty much full strength at their home ground. That makes the display from Wolves all the more impressive, and shows how far they’ve come in just weeks.

Julen Lopetegui has transformed Wolves and must be backed this month

So it’s two wins, two draws and one defeat for Lopetegui in his first five matches as Wolves head coach.

That’s not too bad, but it is clear to see that everything has changed now.

You can see in the way some players are charging around what a fantastic impact he has had.

And you’ve got players like Matheus Nunes saying how much happier everyone is around the place, which says it all.

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Slowly but surely, the Spaniard is taking Wolves to where they need to be. Defensively things are a bit more solid now. And the football on show is actually fairly entertaining. There is more of a purpose. And the man’s passion is totally infectious.

Quite simply, Wolves officials must be ready to back Lopetegui heavily this month.

In just a couple of months he’s totally transformed the players. Imagine what he could do if he’s given the appropriate tools to succeed.