Last season: Won 2-0 away, won 2-0 at home
When we play them: December 28 (home); January 21 (away)
The majority expected Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to pull well clear of safety in 2018/19, but few believed they would finish seventh.
Wolves played wonderful football along the way, led superbly by former Liverpool youngster Conor Coady, managing to take points off all the top six sides bar the Reds.
European football was secured thanks to their brilliance but, ironically, it will be their biggest hurdle to overcome this season.
Their squad depth will be tested and legs will tire if they make it into the group stages—expect a slightly lower finish, but still a perfectly solid campaign.
Notable ins: Patrick Cutrone, Raul Jimenez (loan made permanent), Hong, Raphael Nya, Leander Dendoncker (loan made permanent), Jesus Vallejo, Pedro Neto, Bruno Jordao, Renat Dadashov, Tsun Dai, Flavio Cristovao
Notable outs: Kortney Hause, Ivan Cavaleiro, Helder Costa
Best XI: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Jonny, Dendonker, Neves, Moutinho, Doherty; Jimenez, Jota
We spoke to Sam Cook from The Wolves 77 Club (@77ClubPodcast) podcast to hear about Wolves’ hopes of replicating last season’s brilliance.
How optimistic are you about the new season?
After last season, we’ve got a reason to be optimistic!
Not only does Nuno seem to have played a blinder in the transfer market, we’ve also got a European campaign to look forward to for the first time since 1980.
Mix that in with an actual local derby, after Aston Villa won promotion, and this campaign looks set to be a brilliant one.
What are Wolves’ main objectives for 2019/20?
The objectives have split the fans, to be honest.
Some think building on seventh is on the cards, but I don’t think we’re there yet. This is a long-term, 10-year project and we’re already ahead of schedule.
This season was meant to be the one we won promotion to the Premier League, so to be trying to break into the top six shows how far we’ve come in a short space of time.
But we all know football takes no prisoners and falls can be as rapid as the rise—we should know following a double relegation starting in 2012.
I think the aim is to at least qualify for Europe or have a good Europa League run to the group stages, alongside a top-10 finish.
Who’s your man to watch, and why?
One to watch is difficult as we’ve got some real quality in the team now.
Ruben Neves has got to prove he can be consistent and if Diogo Jota can pick up where he left off he could easily be our top goalscorer.
As far as the ‘unknowns’ are concerned, Patrick Cutrone could be a stroke of genius—a snip at £16 million.
* All rival supporter views taken before the end of the transfer window.
Away fans’ pubs: Truth be told, there aren’t many places for away fans to drink in the town centre. The Bluebrick literally behind the station does allow away fans in though, I believe, but is more of a restaurant.
One piece of advice for visiting fan: Rather than trying to drink in Wolverhampton, get the 15-minute train into Birmingham and have a drink there. There’s a much better selection of pubs.
How do you rate Liverpool’s chances ahead of the new season?
Liverpool will have to go a long way to eclipse what they did last season—it’s the closest you can get to winning the Premier League without taking the trophy home.
A Champions League trophy softens the blow, though.
They haven’t looked like world beaters in pre-season, but then again, it’s pre-season!
I think another push for the title and a good European run would be sufficient.
Who are you tipping to be our Player of the Year, and why?
If he can improve the defensive side of his game and get it close to the level of his attacking game, what a player he will be.
That’s great for England, too, ahead of Euro 2020 next summer.
TIA’s Wolves Predicted Finish: (Average of the TIA writers’ predictions) 10th
Where Sam says Wolves will finish: 8th
Where Sam says Liverpool will finish: 2nd
This is part of our club-by-club opposition previews this summer, getting the views of away fans on their club and their thoughts on LFC. Read them all here.