Wolves legend Steve Bull believes that he saw flashes of the ‘old Wolves’ against Liverpool and believes that he hasn’t seen that in a long time.
Speaking to Football FanCast, the former Wolves man made it clear that when the team start games slowly, it does his head in and it really annoys him. He also made his delight clear after his former club performed well against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
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He said: “It does my head in just like it does 30,000 Wolves fans’ heads in because when they finish a game they’re like a steam train.
“I saw a glimpse against Liverpool. I thought it was the old Wolves and it was two teams going toe-to-toe. Wolves came firing out the blocks from the first whistle to the very last whistle.
“How we got nothing out of that game was unbelievable. It was like watching the old Wolves which I haven’t seen for a long time.”
In the game earlier this month, Wolves had come up with ten shots on goal and had five on target, which was more than Liverpool’s tally. They also completed more dribbles than the opposition and had the majority of possession (as per WhoScored).
So while the performance was certainly decent on paper, Nuno Santo’s men generated an xG of only 0.8 in the game, which was less than Liverpool’s tally of 1.1 (as per FBRef).
Although they clearly put a shift in and were undone only by an error from Rui Patricio, they could’ve created more chances from good positions and that could’ve helped them take more from the tie.
This makes it understandable why Bull sounds optimistic, but it is clear from the xG metrics that Wolves could’ve done more.