2JPW3J1 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Matheus Nunes during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday August 20, 2022.

Fans hail Matheus Nunes as “cut above again” days before Liverpool audition

Matheus Nunes produced a standout performance as Wolves held Aston Villa to a 1-1 draw in midweek, days before he takes on transfer suitors Liverpool.

Nunes is expected to make a big-money move to Liverpool in the summer, with the club having reportedly committed to returning for the Portuguese after a failed move last year.

The 24-year-old left Sporting CP for Wolves in August, and after a difficult start has begun to find form under Julen Lopetegui, who is fielding him in a more natural role.

As Wolves visited Midlands rivals Villa on Wednesday night, Nunes took up his position in a double pivot in Lopetegui’s 4-2-3-1, operating as the left-sided midfielder next to Ruben Neves.

Though there was a brief scare as he required treatment for an ankle issue, the No. 27 produced an excellent display over 90 minutes at Villa Park.

Nunes had more shots than any other Wolves player (three), as well as creating the joint-most chances (two), making the joint-second most tackles (three) and producing the third-highest passing accuracy (90.6%).

His ability to dance through challenges and push forward in possession, and cut out dangerous balls from the opposition, was a key feature for Wolves on the night.

The Birmingham Mail‘s Alex Dicken rated him an 8.5 out of 10, explaining:

“Aside from the last 15 minutes, when Wolves lost their rhythm, Matheus was the best player on the pitch.

“He controlled the tempo of the match and showed why he is one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe.”

Writing for the Express & Star, Liam Keen gave Nunes an eight-out-of-10 rating, describing the qualities he could bring to Liverpool:

“Nunes continues to impress in the No. 8 role. He ran from deep to create attacks and tracked back to defend.

“He’s finding his feet.”

This praise was echoed by Wolves fans on Twitter, with many hailing Nunes as the standout for either side:

Fans of other clubs, including both Villa and Liverpool, also assessed a productive display from the Portugal international:

Nunes is now likely to start in the FA Cup third-round clash with Liverpool on Saturday night, which should give fans an up-close view of a player likely to join in the summer.

While Jurgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders are clearly keen admirers of the Wolves midfielder, they will be hoping for a less influential display this time out at Anfield.