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No let up from Wolves on final day – Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo insists there will be no let-up from Wolves as they look to end Liverpool’s title hopes at Anfield.

Wolves go to Merseyside for the Premier League title decider knowing the Reds must beat them to have a chance of becoming champions for the first time in 29 years.

For that to happen, leaders Manchester City, who are a point clear, must slip up at Brighton.

Wolves have taken 16 points off the top six this season, beating all four European finalists along the way and they are relishing another crack at one of the big boys.

It’s another game, another important game. It will be a tough challenge, and even though it is the final game of the season we will want to compete as usual,” said the Wolves head coach.

We will come to compete. Our focus is always on our preparations, to play the game and be focused on our tasks.

The players rise for every game, every training session, every moment. That is our philosophy. To prepare ourselves for competition, to prepare ourselves for a big game, and we want to play it.”

Millions all over the world will be watching the drama final-day unfold. Nuno insists his players are aware of the significance of the occasion.

The players are aware of the game and they want to compete like they always do,” he said. “It’s always been our idea in all of the games.

What happens inside the pitch is what you can control, outside the pitch you cannot. Focus on inside the pitch.”

Liverpool and City have retained a relentless pace at the top, so much so that they are 23 and 24 points ahead of third-placed Chelsea.

Nuno is delighted to be playing a part in the title race and admits he has not come across such a close race before.

I don’t know I’ve ever seen anything like it,” he added. “It’s fantastic, amazing for the competition, seeing two teams so good going until the end.

It proves – and with the four teams involved in the finals of European competitions – that here is the best competition. Everybody has to congratulate them.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has showered praise on Wolves in the build-up to the game, calling their rise from the Championship to seventh place in the Premier League ‘pretty special’ and saying Nuno has done an ‘incredible job’.

Nuno has reciprocated and is a huge fan of Liverpool’s attacking front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Jurgen has been fantastic; absolutely fantastic. I like the team, I like the way they play and the intensity they put in their actions,” said the Molineux chief.

They have been very good, not only this season, but for all the seasons they’ve been playing together.

They are extremely good players. We will have to try to stop them as a team; by being organised, compact, running and covering – by playing as a team.”