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Did Bruno Lage get it wrong with one Wolves substitution against Liverpool?

Wolves lost 1-0 to Liverpool on Saturday – and it’s unlikely there will be a more gut-wrenching moment all season.

Bruno Lage’s side were seconds away from taking a point against one of the best teams in the world.

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Wolves put in a monumental defensive effort at Molineux.

But Divock Origi popped up in the 94th minute to score from a Mo Salah cross, sending the away end into ecstasy as Wanderers fans covered their eyes in horror.

Many people took their time leaving Molineux after the final whistle, no doubt because they were trying to process what just happened.

It was a sickener, with Conor Coady stating he was ‘lost for words’ afterwards.

One wonders if there was anything that could have been done differently that would have allowed Wolves to hang on for just a little longer.

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The goal came down Wolves’ left side, which the brilliant Rayan Ait-Nouri had locked down all game.

The Frenchman went off injured on 92 minutes, after giving everything for the cause. He just couldn’t continue after already going down a couple of times.

Lage decided to send on Ki-Jana Hoever as his replacement. And it was the Dutchman who lost possession during a counter-attack which ultimately led to Origi scoring.

Virgil van Dijk pinged the ball over to Salah, who burst beyond Hoever before crossing for the Belgian.

Should Lage have moved Romain Saiss over for Wolves?

It felt like a risk Lage putting Hoever on.

The 19-year-old has huge potential, but he may well have come into this game cold.

He has seen very little game time this season, having played a grand total of 11 minutes across four appearances in the Premier League, since starting that first game against Leicester City.

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His pass on the breakaway was poor, and then he looked sluggish as the ball came over to Salah.

Perhaps Lage should have moved Romain Saiss over to that side once Ait-Nouri went off.

The Moroccan had been playing fairly well, and he likely would have gotten tight to Salah.

Obviously, Lage had to put someone on for the injured Ait-Nouri. Perhaps Daniel Podence should have been the last substitute, only to allow for Leander Dendoncker to go into the defence and Saiss to then move across.