How Wolves can wreck Liverpool’s title dream on the final day

Wolves face Liverpool this weekend and they could play the role of spoiler.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are not the story going into this weekend’s clash at Anfield, with the Reds still vying for the Premier League title, but they will have a major part to play.

After all, Jurgen Klopp’s side need to win and they also need to hope that Manchester City slip up against Brighton & Hove Albion.

But can Wolves ensure that the inevitable doesn’t happen? How can they poop the party?

Football FanCast takes a look at some suggested solutions for Santo as he goes in search of a famous win at Anfield.

Play for set-pieces

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves celebrates scoring free-kick in win vs Arsenal

Ruben Neves is a wizard from free-kicks.

Only James Maddison, the Leicester City playmaker, has scored more goals from dead-ball situations and Neves is capable of both scoring and assisting when given such a situation.

Indeed, all four of his goals in the Premier League this term have come from set-pieces: he netted free-kicks against Everton and Arsenal and penalties against the Toffees and Tottenham Hotspur.

With the likes of Conor Coady and Willy Boly always willing to get in the box for his deliveries, giving Neves the chance to deliver could unsettle the Reds defence.

Or, better yet, give him the chance to shoot; he netted a brilliant long-range strike against Liverpool in the FA Cup and they will be wary of a repeat this weekend.

Exploit the flanks on the counter

Both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson love to bomb forward.

If Wolves can win the ball back and spring a counter-attack down the wings, they have every chance of fashioning a goalscoring opportunity.

Diogo Jota will be key to this tactic; he is an excellent dribbler of the ball and, while he nominally plays up front, he is adept at drifting to the flank and taking his man on. If he can play slightly off-centre, Wolves can get him in behind.

This is definitely something Santo will have in mind, particularly if Liverpool are getting desperate towards the end of the game; they could well be there for the taking.

Start as quickly as possible

Liverpool pulled off a miracle in midweek as they somehow beat Barcelona 4-0 to overturn a 3-0 deficit and progress to the Champions League final.

But those exertions will surely have been tough on the legs.

If Wolves can race out of the traps and get in the faces of the Reds early, they have a chance of taking advantage of their expected fatigue.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are always remarkably fit, of course they are, but the Barcelona game will have taken its toll emotionally, too.

Wolves could well use that to their advantage this weekend.

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