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Andy Thompson notes back four rumours, but says Bruno Lage may have had hands tied with Conor Coady

Former Wolves full-back Andy Thompson has said Bruno Lage may want to start playing a back four, but suggested his hands may have been tied right now because of Conor Coady.

Wanderers are almost at the end of their first season under the stewardship of Lage.

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While it’s been a successful campaign in terms of league position, some can’t help but feel things could have been better.

Wanderers’ form over the past couple of months has been very erratic.

European football had been a very real possibility at one stage.

But Wolves could now actually slip down to as low as 10th if other results don’t go their way.

It has been alarming to see how fragile Wolves’ defence has become in recent weeks. Given it had been so solid for two-thirds of the season.

Just recently, talk has been picking up again about Wolves potentially switching to a back four.

Thompson thinks Lage might be thinking about rolling the system out against Liverpool, but suggests there may be a bit of a conundrum with Coady.

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He said (Wolves official): “It will be interesting to see what players Bruno starts, but it will also be interesting to see what formation he starts with.

“There are rumours he wants to play with a flat back four and he’s had his hands tied with Conor Coady playing at the back. But he’s got to make sure he gets his fresh ideas in there.”

Lage was known for playing attacking football and using a flat back four during his time at Benfica.

Some have been surprised to see Lage refrain from moving to that system so far. Instead, he has stuck with the tried and tested formation Nuno Espirito Santo had used.

A Wolves back four against Liverpool would be a huge surprise

It would be very surprising to see Wolves playing with a back four against Liverpool. Especially with the game being at Anfield.

Potentially, it could be asking for trouble. Liverpool have world-class attackers, and the Wolves defence has been in disarray recently.

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Perhaps a change of shape could help things improve. But it seems a massive gamble to try it at Anfield.

Given Wolves dropping a couple of places in the league table could cost a few million pounds in terms of prize money, then it really would be a shock to see Lage ditch the usual system.