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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp labelled Diogo Jota as an "incredible package" as the forward prepares to return to Molineux against Wolves.

The Portugal international moved to Anfield in September 2020 for a reported £45 million, and has since overtaken Roberto Firmino in the pecking order of attackers for the Reds.

As Liverpool prepare to travel to Wolves, two points behind leaders Chelsea, Klopp waxed lyrical about Jota, who has already hit nine goals this season.

"He's an incredible package. From a personality point of view, he's a really incredible boy, really smart, really organised. I remember when I saw him for the first time, I thought he could be a player for me.

"The intensity he puts in makes a real difference, because at our level all the players are technically of incredible quality. You can make a difference with your attitude. That's what I was most excited about with Diogo."

Wolves are exceeding expectations thus far, despite being held to consecutive goalless draws, and are three points away from the Champions League spots but head coach Bruno Lage does not want his side to get carried away.

"The most important thing is the players believe in our work," Lage said. "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."

Wolves – Adama Traore

Traore repeatedly wasted chances in the 0-0 draw with Burnley, cannoning a game-high four shots off target while being denied by the crossbar. Wolves will need more from the Spaniard on Saturday.

Liverpool – Diogo Jota

Jota turns 25 on the day of this game. He could become just the third player to score a Premier League goal on his birthday against a side he previously played for in the competition, after Emmanuel Adebayor (for Spurs vs Arsenal in 2012) and Juan Mata (for Man Utd vs Chelsea in 2019).

Liverpool full-back Andrew Robertson could become the 15th Scotsman to make 200 Premier League appearances in this match, and the first since James McArthur in April 2018. Robertson's 43 assists are the most any Scotsman has provided in his first 200 games in the competition, 11 more than the next most (Gary McAllister, 32).

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in at least one goal in his last 12 Premier League appearances, either scoring (12 goals) or assisting (6 goals) in every match. In Premier League history, only Jamie Vardy (15 in a row between August and December 2015) has been involved in a goal in more consecutive appearances.

Wolves' last two Premier League games have ended 0-0 – the last side to draw three games goalless in a row were West Ham in December 2015. However, their opponents Liverpool have scored in their last 24 Premier League games, the longest ongoing such run in the division.

Since their return to the Premier League in 2018, Wolves have lost just two of their 13 home league games kicking off at 3pm on Saturday (W7 D4), going down 2-0 against Watford in October 2018 and 5-2 against Chelsea in September 2019.

Wolves have kept three consecutive Premier League clean sheets, as many as they'd kept in their previous 18 such games beforehand. They are looking to keep four in a row for the first time since a run between March and June 2020.

Updated December 3, 2021