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Fan rant of the day: Joe Gomez is proving he is the next big thing at Anfield



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Three goals conceded in nine Premier League games, that is phenomenal stuff from Liverpool this season.

The Reds are known for having a porous defence but Jurgen Klopp has turned things around at this end of the team.

The signing of Alisson was a statement proving we are ready to pay the big bucks for a goalkeeper, however, credit for the tightening of the defence goes to a couple of players.

Virgil van Dijk has been a colossus since joining from Southampton. The Dutch defender has marshalled the back five really well and they play like one single entity.

Virgil van Dijk & Joe Gomez

Moving around the pitch, covering for each other and ensuring Alisson doesn’t have to do a lot of work.

It has been a bit of a surprise seeing us defend well but another player that deserves a lot of praise is Joe Gomez.

The 21-year-old was fighting with Trent Alexander-Arnold last season for the right-back spot. This season, Gomez has been excellent alongside Van Dijk, and the Englishman seems to get better with each game.

The youngster has started all of our Premier League games, barring the 3-0 win over Southampton, and has barely put a foot wrong.

The former Charlton defender has come a long way since his time under Brendan Rodgers. The Englishman was initially played as a left-back but injuries cut short his time during the first Klopp season.

The defender has come back stronger since the end of last season. Gomez underwent ankle surgery at the end of last season, which cost him a place in the England World Cup squad and the Champions League final.

His time off in the summer certainly has helped him clinch a spot in the first-team and with Dejan Lovren returning with an injury, Gomez has taken the place of the Croatian.

Klopp could have played with Joel Matip partnering Van Dijk but the Englishman has proved the German right by putting in a number of quality performances.

Salah Gomez Alisson Liverpool Firmino

During my time of watching the Reds, only the Sami Hyypia-Jamie Carragher defensive pairing looked world class. Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel were great as a pair too, but the Dane suffered from numerous injuries which cut short his playing time.

The great aspect of having a Van Dijk-Gomez partnership is that the pair are young. Van Dijk is 27 and is just nearing his prime while Gomez has a number of years to possibly get even better.

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We have seen a number of quality defenders wear the Red of Liverpool, and we might have one of the best defenders developing at Anfield.

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Liverpool slap £15million price tag on out of favour veteran star – PL trio interested



Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds want £15million for Simon Mignolet

The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool have slapped a £15million tag on Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The 31-year-old has recorded just a couple of starts for the Reds this season. Mignolet played in the two domestic cup games for Liverpool but both ended in defeat.

The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been an excellent professional this season but has seen his time limited on the pitch because of Alisson. The Brazilian has been an incredible signing for the Reds and even won the Golden Glove in his first season.

Many clubs looking for goalkeepers in the summer

The Daily Mail adds that Watford, Bournemouth and the newly-promoted Norwich all in the market for a goalkeeper.

The 31-year-old is still a part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad and he needs to play regularly to keep his place in the team.

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet

Mignolet has had his ups and downs at Anfield but no one can question his commitment to the side. The Belgian has always been supportive of the team, even if he isn’t playing regularly.

It will be interesting to see if we can get £15million for the Belgian. Liverpool have pulled off some incredible deals for players such as Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke in recent times, and the Reds will be tough negotiators in the upcoming transfer market as well.

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Liverpool also need to take a decision on who the No.2 would be for Alisson next season as we need a reliable back-up should the Brazilian pick up an injury or something.

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Boost for Liverpool as reputed Spanish expert confirms Reds are in contact with Ajax star



Latest Liverpool news: Guillem Balague claims Liverpool are talking with Matthijs de Ligt

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague spoke on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily Podcast and claimed that Liverpool are in talks with Matthijs de Ligt (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The Spaniard claimed that the Reds have “been talking to him” about a possible move (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt

De Ligt is one of the best players in the Dutch league and led Ajax to another Eredivisie title. The 19-year-old helped Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League but the team were knocked out by Tottenham.

Manchester City also in the running for De Ligt

The Liverpool Echo adds that De Ligt isn’t in a hurry to finalise his future.

There are several clubs interested in the centre-back, with Manchester City also interested in him after Vincent Kompany decided to leave the Cityzens (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the Dutch defender (h/t Liverpool Echo), and the centre-back has done an excellent job alongside Virgil van Dijk in the national team.

Matthijs de Ligt

The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League this season and conceded just 22 goals in 38 games. De Ligt would make a wonderful signing for the present and the future, however, the Reds already have a quality young defender in Joe Gomez.

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The Englishman’s playing time was cut short due to a fracture, while Joel Matip has done a brilliant job alongside Van Dijk in the heart of our defence.

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“Best things come in threes” – Klopp confident of overturning personal record in the CL final



Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp confident ahead of Champions League clash despite finals record

Jurgen Klopp isn’t fazed by a third Champions League final despite not winning the first two.

The German took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich, and we lost last season to Real Madrid.

Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup final and the Europa League final but we lost both of them. Howeer, the German isn’t worried about that record and spoke about his history of winning things on the third try (h/t

“In Germany we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’.

“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.”

The German added that this was his fourth European final and lauded the quality of the teams he had under him.

Klopp claimed that the away win over Bayern Munich was the best away game his team have played at the European level.

Klopp expects a tough game in Madrid

Tottenham will not be an easy side and Klopp did not expect anything other than a tough clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. The German wanted the Reds to call upon their experience from the season and backed the side to play good football:

“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.”

The Reds won both their clashes against Spurs in the Premier League this season but a Champions League final could see the best of the London side.

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Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Spurs but we have the quality to win the sixth Champions League crown.

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