Date: 30th December 2019 at 8:30am
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Despite Wolverhampton Wanderers suffering a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool, a number of players came away with credit for their respective performances. Max Kilman shone at centre-back and Ruben Vinagre impressed on the left. The 20-year-old has played second-fiddle to Jonny this season but was given a rare start by Nuno Espirito Santo and didn’t let him down.

Vinagre saw more of the ball than any of his Wolves teammates, frequently took on Trent Alexander-Arnold down the left flank and whipped in a number of crosses over the 90 minutes. He showed no signs of rustiness at Anfield and may have given Nuno a lot to ponder ahead of Wolves’ trip to face Watford (January 1, 2020).

Against Liverpool, Vinagre played a full 90 minutes, made 77 touches, won one aerial duel, completed 64.7% of his 34 passes, whipped in four crosses with 50% accuracy, made three clearances, blocked one shot and made six successful dribbles.

The Portuguese international has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring two goals. He’s racked up less than 300 minutes of Premier League but took his chance to impress with both hands against Liverpool. Whether he keeps his place against Watford remains to be seen, however.

How will Wolverhampton Wanderers fare against Watford?

Win

Win

Draw

Draw

Lose

Lose

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