Jurgen Klopp on Wolves, the positive impact of Bruno Lage & the ‘proper, proper midfield’ of Neves & Moutinho

Jurgen Klopp expects a tough test awaiting his side when Liverpool visit Molineux on Saturday

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is under no illusions about the threat that Wolverhampton Wanderers can pose his side when they visit Molineux on Saturday.

The Reds have scored four goals in three successive games going into this one but he isn’t expecting the same result from a Wolves team that currently boast an impressive statistic of their own - three successive Premier League clean-sheets.

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And the positive start under Bruno Lage hasn’t got unnoticed by the German, who believes the style of play in the west midlands has been altered in a ‘good direction’ under the new leadership.

Bruno Lage manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United at Molineux

“Really impressive,” Klopp said of Wolves.

“It was not too easy to go there after the long time Nuno had been there and everything is kind of settled and I think it was mostly happy.

“Last season may have not been the season Wolves had since being back in the Premier League but it was still very stable.

“Clear style of play and this kind of things but he’s changed it in a good direction unfortunately. Real football playing side with a real football playing idea.

“Defending maybe didn’t change too much. It’s still a similar system to what they played before. We know from the time we were having a closer look at Diogo Jota - the numbers he had running wise were incredible and made him more interesting for us.

“Their offensive players they are still to do the same now, they have counter-attacks but they have technically good players. Neves is available again so to get him together with Moutinho is a proper, proper midfield and whoever plays then on the wing, Jimenez up front - I’m really pleased for him that he’s back and he came over all the misery pretty much, it was awful.

“I’m really happy to see him back and hopefully he will score a lot of goals apart from Saturday.

“But, it’s a good team and they are really difficult to play against.

“They haven’t scored now for a while but they are also quite famous now for not conceding, they don’t even concede many shots on goal so we have to be creative, for sure.”

You can see Wolves take on Liverpool on Saturday December 4 at Molineux in a 15:00 (GMT) kick-off.

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