Liverpool face a Wolves team who are quietly ticking along, just four points behind them in the Premier League, on Sunday afternoon.

But that is not the only way in which the two sides are more closely connected than many might realise.

There are numerous links between the two clubs that have been forged over the last few years.

Liverpool Academy graduate Conor Coady, who moved to Wolves in 2015 from Huddersfield Town and is now club captain, is an obvious one, while Diogo Jota and Ki-Jana Hoever were involved in transfers between the clubs this summer.

More interesting, though, are the links between some of Liverpool's backroom team to Wolves.

It has been well-documented that Wolves have strong links to Portugal and there is one in the form of Pep Lijnders, Jurgen Klopp's assistant manager.

The Dutchman, who labelled Jota a 'pressing monster' and was crucial in persuading Liverpool to move for the in-form forward, worked at Porto before Liverpool, where there were a couple of current Wolves stars among a plethora that he was instrumental in developing.

Lijnders narrowly missed out on working with Joao Moutinho at Porto, too, with the Dutch coach moving up to the senior team from their B team the same summer the midfielder departed to sign for AS Monaco.

Elite development coach Vitor Matos, who arrived at Anfield last October, is also a former Porto employee, where he too worked with the youth players.

Meanwhile, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo spent one season at Porto, moving to Wolves immediately off the back of that in 2017.

There are two players, in particular, though, who Liverpool have been linked with transfer moves in the past who have special connections with Lijnders and Matos.

Ruben Neves

Liverpool have long been linked with a move for the midfielder, first being rumoured to like Neves when he was captaining Porto as an 18-year-old in the Champions League.

Still only 23, Neves moved to Wolves in 2017 when they were in the Championship, becoming the most expensive player ever to be signed by a second-tier side in England.

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Lijnders said of Neves in 2019: "I know him very well, his ambition, his passion for the game, his professionalism. I know what he gives to the team and this type of player always interests us.

"I recognised him when I saw him at Wolves. I saw technique, professionalism. I saw the 2013-14 player I knew."

Liverpool have plenty of midfielders - at least when they are all fit - but with Gini Wijnaldum increasingly likely to be departing and a couple of others also 30-plus, those links could yet return in the near future.

Fabio Silva

Lijnders is also a big fan of Silva's quality, but it is Matos who knows him best.

Porto, who sold Silva to Wolves this summer for £36m, lost the striker as a youth player when he signed for Benfica.

Once they realised their error, though, they used Matos' relationship with the player to entice him back, as fellow Porto coach Jose Tavares explained to the ECHO earlier this year.

Tavares said: "Vitor was Fabio’s head coach when he was 12 and he stayed connected with Fabio. Being a friend of Vitor myself, he told me ‘hey, Jose, I believe that Fabio is a bit upset in Benfica, and maybe he wants to move’.

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"He was the first guy that talked to me that got me thinking we could rescue him again and bring him back. Why? Because he can create this type of relationship with the players."

With Raul Jimenez out injured after a sickening clash of heads at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal last weekend, Silva is likely to be starting at Anfield.

Not 19 until next July, the Portuguese wonderkid has been likened to Cristiano Ronaldo in some quarters.

He has two goals in seven appearances for Wolves so far, but is yet to score in the Premier League, and was said to be interesting Liverpool as he emerged onto the senior scene in his home country.

At some point in the future, both Silva and Neves are likely to want Champions League football as they take the next step in their career.

Just like Diogo Jota has.