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FA Cup third-round : Wolves’ clash is more or less a walk-over for Liverpool

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FA Cup third round draws were made yesterday and the Reds got another favourable paring as they will take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in an away affair.

The Reds shouldn’t have any problem overcoming their FA Cup third-round opponents base on current form.

The Reds recorded another victory on Sunday despite playing against their stubborn local rivals.

Their current confident mood would serve as inspiration as they look to continue their mission for their first major trophy since Under Jurgen Klopp.

How have they fared so far this season?

Liverpool

As said earlier, the Reds continue their chase after Manchester City in the race for the Premier League glory as they recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton.

Things have been going on smoothly for the former Borussia Dortmund’s boss and Wolverhampton shouldn’t be the team to end his participation in the FA Cup competition.

Wolverhampton

The new Premier League club have held their own in the country’s top flight competition so far this season.

Among the three clubs who were promoted to the Premier League prior to the start of the season, Wolves are the only team certain of maintaining its status by the end of the season.

Their recent match results haven’t been too impressive anyway, they have won just four matches, drew four and lost six games. They currently occupy the 12th position with 16 points.

What make Liverpool favorites over Wolves

Better goalscoring ratio

As much as the Reds haven’t been too superb in front of goal lately, they have a better converting ratio than their upcoming opponents.

Klopp’s men have scored 27 goals in the League so far this season, compared to Wolves who have just 13 goals to their name.

The Reds have a great chance of scoring many many against Wolves when the competition returns.

Great defending record

So far in the League, Liverpool have conceded only five goals, making them one of the strongest defence units in Europe’s top five Leagues.

The presence of Van Dijk, coupled with the determination from Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have helped the team prevent many strikers from hitting the target.

Goalkeeper Alison Becker is justifying his huge price tag and he’s helped the Reds kept many clean sheets.

His dominant display at the back is a source of motivation for the Reds so far this season.

Contrary to Liverpool’s brilliant defensive record, Wolves have had a woeful stats at the back.

They have conceded 17 goals in just 14 matches, a situation the Reds will look to massively explore.

What Liverpool must avoid against Wolves

Forget about the unimpressive defending abilities, Wolverhampton often turns out to be a hard nut for top teams to crack.

Against Manchester City earlier in the season, the Citizens couldn’t continue their 100% start to the campaign as they could manage a 1-1 draw. In fact, Guardiola’s men had to come from behind to pick up a point.

This must serve as a warning to Liverpool that they can’t afford to underrate their opponents.

The Reds must avoid complacency, so as to progress to the next round of the competition.

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