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Wolves angry at Liverpool ‘advantage’ ahead of FA Cup clash

Julen Lopetegui has hit the Premier League for giving Liverpool an unfair advantage ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup tie.

The new Wolves head coach is frustrated after Liverpool were given an extra two days to prepare for Saturday night’s third round encounter at Anfield.

Wolves drew 1-1 against Aston Villa on Wednesday night, with Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool losing at Brentford 48 hours earlier.

Lopetegui has played just four games since his appointment, but is already dissatisfied with the authorities’ schedule.

“I don’t understand how we play in one competition with two days less than the opponent. Maybe it can happen one day. But two days, that’s a lot,” he said.

“It’s a big difference for us. They have two more days of recovery. I’m sorry but I don’t understand this. I do not know why.”

Lopetegui, meanwhile, is targeting at least three new signings in the January transfer window as he tries to take Wolves out of the relegation zone. The need for reinforcements has increased after midfielder Boubacar Traoré was out for at least a month with a groin injury, while Daniel Podence – who scored against Villa – was taken off at half-time and is doubtful for this weekend’s draw.

Wolves have signed Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha on loan for this season, but Lopetegui is pressuring his board to sign more new recruits. He said: “With Traoré out for a month or two, we only have four central midfielders and of course we must have more.”

Podence gave Wolves a classy 12-minute lead as he exchanged passes with Joao Moutinho, shot past Douglas Luiz and found the corner. But the hosts found an equalizer three minutes later as Tyrone Mings long ball split the Wolves defence, Jose Sa faltered and slipped and Ings scored his seventh of the season.

“We are a bit disappointed, but it’s a good thing for us. We are improving, believing more in ourselves and ready for a long and tough race,” said Lopetegui. “We must be ready to arrive at the last minute, believe in ourselves, knowing that we will face many difficulties, but step by step we will continue to improve.

“We had control for 60 minutes but at half time we lost Podence and without the ball we felt tired and less in control. He has been very, very important. I hope it is a minor injury but we have to wait on the tests.” .”

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