Wolves were beaten 4-0 by Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

On the face of it, the result was definitely disappointing given the number of players the champions are missing at this moment in time.

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It was especially frustrating to see the poor defending on show having been relatively good at the back so far in 2020/21.

That said, Nuno again rolled out the four-man defence to begin with and to come away from Anfield of all places without shipping a few goals would have been a tall order.

An inquest has been launched by fans on social media, with some quite critical of the team’s display.

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Realistically though, Sunday’s game was always going to be hard even with Liverpool’s injury problems.

Not having Raul Jimenez – who suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal – in the starting XI is uncharted waters for Wolves

 

The Mexican has been ever-present since signing for the club initially on loan in the summer of 2018, and Sunday was the first Premier League game Nuno has been unable to call on the 29-year-old since he arrived at Molineux.

Patience required as Jimenez recovers

£30 million star Jimenez (BBC Sport) is obviously a brilliant goalscorer, but it isn’t just his goals that make him so fantastic.

His ability to link play and hold the ball up to bring others into the game is second to very few, and he is going to be a gargantuan miss for the time he is out of action – however long that will be.

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The void he leaves is the equivalent to Manchester City missing Kevin De Bruyne or Manchester United being without Bruno Fernandes.

It means there could well be some testing times in store for the team, but it’s important to get behind whoever is thrown in to replace him, whether it be Daniel Podence, Adama Traore or young Fabio Silva.

It is a hugely unfortunate situation, and it may now just be about weathering the storm a little and the team learning to play without its talisman as he begins his recovery.

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