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Bruno Lage satisfied with Wolves to remain incognito

Head coach Bruno Lage is keen for Wolves to continue flying under the radar to extend a strong start to the campaign.

Bruno Lage (Getty)
Bruno Lage (Getty)

The Portuguese is eager for his side to be incognito as they fight for a top-six spot ahead of a testing month or so of fixtures in the top flight.

They host Liverpool today having lost just once in their last nine games to sit eighth, three points adrift of the top four.

Wolves finished seventh in successive seasons under Nuno Espirito Santo and reached the Europa League quarter-finals in 2020 but Lage is determined to keep a lid on expectations.

He said: “The most important thing is the players believe in our work. It’s about moments and sometimes it’s better to work without too much noise around.

“We know the pathway we want to do with the team. Right now it’s the same, continue at the same level. That’s what I want from the team, from me, consistency. Every day I try to be relaxed and calm.

“The important thing is not the position, it’s the points we have at the moment.

“This month until the middle of January will be a serious test for us to find the best solutions. It’s not about complaining. It’s important to continue under the radar, to play our game, because that is the best way to score goals and win points.

“We are happy with what we are doing at the moment but we need to continue. December and January will be a very hard and a good test for us.”

The visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds kickstarts a demanding festive schedule for Wolves between now and January 3.

In that spell they also face Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as Brighton, who have caught the eye this season.

Wolves have drawn their last two games against Norwich and Burnley, and have midfielder Ruben Neves back after he missed the Clarets draw with a one-match ban.

Daniel Podence is set to return after self-isolating having tested positive for Covid-19 but Marcal (Covid) is out. Jonny and Pedro Neto (both knee) are sidelined along with Yerson Mosquera (hamstring).

Liverpool come to Molineux third in the Premier League having lost once, at West Ham in November, all season.

Lage said: “I don’t know if they are the best (in the world) but they are in the best three or five, for sure.

“They know the system, they play with a high intensity. It’s very hard to play against them but we (will) have our chances.”

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