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Wolves: Raul Jimenez was poor again vs Liverpool

Wolves produced a fine performance on Saturday night as they earned a 2-2 draw against Liverpool in the FA Cup, despite Julen Lopetegui selecting a number of fringe players from the start at Anfield.

A young Wolves side started well despite Jurgen Klopp selecting a full-strength side on Saturday and the Old Gold were gifted the lead when Alisson passed the ball straight to summer signing Goncalo Guedes, who tapped in for his second goal for the Midlands club.

The Reds enjoyed a strong spell just before half-time and equalised when Darwin Nunez volleyed home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s glorious pass.

Mohamed Salah would give Liverpool the lead when he capitalised on Toti’s poor header but Lopetegui’s substitutions worked a treat, as Hwang Hee-chan forced home Matheus Cunha’s cutback.

Wolves could, and arguably should, have won it when Toti found the net late on but Lopetegui’s side were controversially denied by the offside flag, meaning they will face Liverpool again in the replay at Molineux.

While there were a number of excellent performances from fringe players at Anfield, one man who disappointed and perhaps signalled the end of his Wolves career, was Raul Jimenez.

As per Sofascore, the Mexico international would earn a disappointing 6.3/10 rating for his performance in Merseyside, with only Jonny Otto (6.2) and Matija Sarkic (6.1) rated lower from the Wolves squad.

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Bruno Lage on the touchline for Wolves.

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During his 63 minutes on the pitch, the former Benfica forward would manage just 27 touches of the ball, which was fewer than the 40 touches goalkeeper Sarkic would enjoy.

Jimenez also completed just nine of his 16 attempted passes with a shocking pass completion rate of 56%, which is far worse than the 69.7% he has averaged in the Premier League so far this campaign.

Despite barely being involved, the 31-year-old lost possession on 13 occasions, failing with both of his dribble attempts and winning only one of his six duels during the game, which suggests that a shaky Liverpool defence had no real problems in dealing with him.

There was a notable moment just after the hour mark when Wolves countered and Jimenez took on a speculative shot, despite having a number of options around him. It was no surprise to see him hooked by Lopetegui immediately after.

After yet another disappointing display, it seems clear that the Mexican striker is no longer the player he once was having scored two goals all term. Thus, Lopetegui should look to get rid of him for good in this month’s transfer window.