Preview: Wolves U23 v Liverpool U23

Boubacar Rafael Neto Hanne of Wolverhampton Wanderers

Both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool will be aiming to progress to the quarter-finals of the Premier League International Cup when they meet at Molineux on Wednesday.

Wolves have drawn both of their games against Paris Saint-Germain and Athletic Bilbao respectively and are bottom of Group E in their inaugural campaign.

Liverpool, who are making their fifth appearance in the competition, are 3rd place following a 3-2 win against PSG and a 2-1 defeat against Athletic Bilbao.

PSG are currently top of Group E on four points, while Athletic Bilbao are second due to an inferior goals tally. A victory for either side at Molineux will safely see them through to the knockout stages.

The Wanderers manager James Collins described the match as a “winner-takes-all contest.” He also added, “That’s why these competitions are so exciting, you get to play against the best teams in European competition.

“We obviously know Liverpool well because they are in our league, but it’s still going to be special to take them on in a European night at Molineux, and a game that everyone is looking forward to.”

Wolves are currently one from bottom in the Premier League 2 Division 1 table. They’re winless in their last 8 matches in all competitions and have the joint-worst home record in the division.

Liverpool are 6th place and 11 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, but have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions.

James Collins and Neil Critchley played in the academy system at Crewe Alexandra during the 1990s until their short-lived careers faded out in 2002 and 2001 respectively.

“I’ve known ‘Critch’ since we were about seven or eight years of age at Crewe. We came through the ranks together there and started coaching as young players at Crewe on the same day,” Collins told

He added, “On the night we will both be wanting to win. It won’t be about our players and whose team does better on the night.”

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