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Fan rant of the day: The time is right for Jurgen Klopp to rotate players at Liverpool

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Liverpool can breathe a little easy after a hectic schedule which saw us face Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Reds had some highs and lows and thankfully, we are still unbeaten in the Premier League and tied at the top.

However, losing in the Carabao Cup (Chelsea) and Champions League (Napoli) took the sheen off our start to the season.

Our front three aren’t firing on all cylinders. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah aren’t scoring for fun and Jurgen Klopp has to look into this.

Fortunately, our defence has been rock-solid incredible. We have only conceded three goals in the Premier League this season and haven’t looked shaky at all!

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Alisson have all been excellent while Dejan Lovren was brilliant against Manchester City at the weekend.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

The Croatian hadn’t played any Premier League football prior to the City clash but looked great.

Klopp has a lot of things going for him, and our next stretch of games will certainly test our title credentials.

Time to rotate the boys and give them time on the pitch

From our four summer signings, only Alisson is a sure shot starter. Naby Keita has just four Premier League starts, Xherdan Shaqiri has one while Fabinho has played 15 minutes of Champions League football (and has a start in the league cup) this season.

Our players have looked a little jaded, especially the games against Napoli and Manchester City. Klopp might want to start with the best XI always but some players need a break.

Shaqiri has looked brilliant every time he has been on the pitch, and it is a surprise why he hasn’t played games either as an attacking midfielder or in place of Salah/Mane.

Similarly, Keita needs more time on the pitch to link up with the attackers. Fabinho can be excused as he is still looking a little slow and might need work in the coming weeks.

Our midfield doesn’t have the bite it did at the start of the season. We cannot play James Milner in every game due to his age, and now he has a hamstring injury too. Similarly, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum need some rest.

A forgiving schedule for the Reds

Fortunately for Klopp, the fixtures are a little forgiving in the coming month or so:

Huddersfield (Away-PL)

Red Star Belgrade (Home-CL)

Cardiff City (Home-PL)

Arsenal (Away-PL)

Red Star Belgrade (Away-CL)

Fulham (Home-PL)

Liverpool need to ensure maximum points from the upcoming fixtures as we failed to beat City and Chelsea in the league.

Our Champions League group isn’t easy and we cannot take Red Star lightly. Napoli couldn’t defeat the Serbians in their tie earlier.

Sturridge, Keita, Shaqiri and Lovren have to feature in the coming six games. We haven’t always had quality options as a back-up and now when we do, the manager isn’t playing them enough.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

The fear is that our stars will be driven to the ground before we even reach the important bit of the season. Of course, it wouldn’t be easy to drop Salah, Mane, Firmino or even Virgil van Dijk from the team when they aren’t playing well.

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But that is the job that Klopp has and he needs to swap things at the club if it isn’t working on the pitch.

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World-class Liverpool target set to move away from La Liga club in the summer

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: James Rodriguez could be on his way to the Premier League

Sky Sports Germany (h/t Mirror) reports that James Rodriguez will not extend his stay with Bayern Munich and wants a new club in the summer.

The 27-year-old joined the Bavarians on a two-year loan deal in 2017 from Real Madrid, and the report claims that the Colombian has struggled to settle at the Bundesliga club.

Rodriguez has put up some great performances for the Bavarians this season and scored 7 goals in the Bundesliga.

Bayern had the choice of signing the Colombian permanently for £37million, but the report claims that Rodriguez isn’t interested in staying at the club.

The report adds that the 27-year-old will meet with agent Jorge Mendes and discuss his future move, and he isn’t interested in staying at Real Madrid too. Zinedine Zidane is back at the club, and he doesn’t see Rodriguez in his plans, according to the report.

Liverpool interested in Rodriguez

The report claims that Liverpool are interested in the Colombian but so are a couple of other Premier League sides.

Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the 27-year-old, and the report claims that Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in Rodriguez.

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez

Liverpool already have a fantastic first-team under Jurgen Klopp but could do with another attacking midfielder in the side.

Rodriguez’s time at Bayern has been average, to say the least, and there is no surety if he will fit into the scheme of things at Anfield.

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The Reds play a high-energy game under Klopp and it will be interesting to see who we sign once the season is complete.

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Boost for the Reds as Klopp provides positive news over two Liverpool stars returning to fitness

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Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp provides a positive update on two Liverpool players

Jurgen Klopp provided some positive news regarding Roberto Firmino’s return to the first-team.

The Brazilian missed our last three games and is working to regain fitness ahead of the Champions League final against Tottenham.

The forward is at our training camp at Marbella, and Klopp claimed that the Brazilian still needs to be looked after (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):

“Bobby looks really good [and] he is now part of training. It was not too long out, but of course we are still careful and want to make sure nothing happens.”

The manager added that Firmino had played in some of the smaller games with the rest of the players and it was “the first step to play football.”

“Today he was in around about 70 per cent of the session. Tomorrow he will probably be in completely, we will see, then hopefully it will be fine.”

More good news for Liverpool

Firmino returning to fitness for the final would be a huge boost to our attack.

The Brazilian has a great relationship with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and the trio could cause Tottenham all sorts of problems.

Klopp also spoke about another injured player as Naby Keita is making a return from an abductor injury sustained against Barcelona at the Nou Camp:

“Naby is, I would say, a bit ahead of schedule, but that doesn’t mean anything for the final.”

The German added that the player is running and doing some work, and spoke about Keita possibly playing in the Africa Cup of Nations in the summer.

“For me, it would be good if Naby would be 100 per cent fit and could play the Africa Cup of Nations, to be 100 per cent honest.”

However, Klopp confirmed that Keita would not be playing in the tournament if he wasn’t completely fit, and claimed that the medical staff would work to get the Guinea midfielder back to his best.

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Liverpool have just over a week before the final and hopefully, we have Firmino ready to go against Spurs at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Promising Liverpool starlet to sign new deal and join Scottish giants on loan

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Sheyi Ojo close to joining Steven Gerrard at Rangers

The Daily Star reports that 21-year-old winger Sheyi Ojo will sign a new five-year deal with Liverpool and then be on the move.

The English youngster was on loan at Reims last season but only made three starts for the Ligue 1 side. Ojo did play 18 games in all competitions for the French side, but most of them came off the bench.

The report claims that Ojo will be joining Rangers after signing a new deal with the Reds. Gers manager Steven Gerrard used his connections to sign a couple of players from Liverpool last season.

Ryan Kent was a success at the club, and the report claims that Gerrard is looking to keep the Englishman for another season.

However, Kent is expected to move to another club, and the report claims that Ojo would be his replacement for the Scottish giants.

Ojo needs to play regular football

The report claims that Ojo is highly rated at Anfield, and it should not come as a surprise if he is loaned out for another season.

The English winger will find it difficult to get regular minutes under Jurgen Klopp next season. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane could do with some competition, however, Ojo hasn’t proven his ability in a top league yet.

It will be interesting to track his development next season and see if he performs better than Kent at Rangers.

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The Reds are blessed with young attacking talent at the moment, with Harry Wilson also shining at Derby County this season.

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