It is four defeats from five for Gary O’Neil at Wolves to start the new Premier League season.

Few really expected a good start following the chaotic couple of weeks before the end of the transfer window.

But given the way Wolves have played at times this season, there is a feeling of real disappointment to have only taken three points so far.

A lot of the talk has been about Wolves’ continued struggles in the final third.

But a statistic has emerged to suggest there is another really big problem at Molineux.

Wolves now have the joint-worst defensive record in the Premier League

After conceding three goals yesterday, Wolves have now conceded the joint-most goals in the Premier League.

It is 11 goals shipped in just five outings (via Whoscored).

And Wolves have now conceded seven goals in their two home games so far in the Premier League. Before the three Liverpool scored, Wolves had conceded four against Brighton in a 4-1 loss.

This is a real problem, and one that actually wasn’t such an issue under Lopetegui.

One thing Lopetegui ensured when he was the manager was that Wolves were strong defensively at home.

The Spaniard took charge of 11 Premier League home games, and only conceded five goals at Molineux in the Premier while he was at the helm.

O’Neil must tighten Wolves up at the back and make Molineux fortress again

Seven goals conceded in two home games is alarming.

The defence simply must improve, and silly mistakes need cutting out.

Molineux was a fortress under Lopetegui and O’Neil needs to try and bring that back in order to provide a platform for Wolves to kick on up the table.

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Both centre-halves need to fix up.

Max Kilman has had a particularly shaky start to the new season and may need a strong performance against Luton Town if he is to avoid getting dropped to the bench.

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