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Rant of the day: Why Liverpool shouldn’t rotate their side too much ahead of Arsenal and Man City clashes

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Mohamed Salah scores against Newcastle

Liverpool were fantastic as they swept aside Newcastle United at home and extended their Premier League lead to six points.

Manchester City’s shock loss could be huge in the race for the crown but we have a packed schedule with tough games against Arsenal and City. Normally, there would be talk about resting players and changing things, but we should not rotate the side much.

It is true that the likes of Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have started most of our Premier League games but playing our best XI against the top teams gives us a better chance of getting the right result.

No rest until the work is done

Jurgen Klopp claimed there is a lot of work to be done in the second half of the campaign and the German is spot on as we play two difficult sides. We might have a seven-point lead over City and six over Spurs, but continuing our momentum has to be the key.

Arsenal are coming off a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Brighton while City are in a slump, having lost to Crystal Palace and Leicester City. They play against a resurgent Southampton side before facing us at the Etihad and have some problems in their defence.

Fabian Delph is suspended while Benjamin Mendy is injured, so they are thin at left-back. Of course, we have to take it one game at a time and this is particularly why we cannot rest a player unless he is running on fumes. The team is reaching its peak as we saw against Newcastle, where we could have scored more than just four goals.

Mohamed Salah is looking great and the defence looks water-tight, so chopping and changing can take place after the City game. We play an FA Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers after the City clash and that is the perfect time to mix things up.

The FA Cup is a trophy we can win but for now, it should be on the back-burner as we have some huge Premier League games coming up.

Liverpool players celebrate a goal

Liverpool players celebrate a goal

In fact, we can make a number of changes once the City clash is done as our opponents are Wolves (FA Cup) followed by Brighton (away), Crystal Palace (home) and Leicester City (home) in the league.

We could even see the return of Joe Gomez for the clash against Palace or even Leicester City, and that would be a huge boost for us. The Christmas schedule is tough for every team in the Premier League but we have done well so far. There is something special going on at Liverpool, and we need to come out unscathed from the next two games.

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City are wounded beasts and Arsenal are a tricky opposition. But if we play our strongest side, there is no doubt we will remain at the top for a while.

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“It’ll be the first time in my life!”: This Liverpool star will be rooting for Man United in the game against Man City

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Latest Liverpool news: James Milner to support Man United against City?

Liverpool star James Milner will become a Manchester United fan for the first time on Wednesday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side take on Manchester City in the Premier League. (h/t the Daily Mail)

Born in Leeds, he won two titles in his five-year stay at Manchester City and could soon become a Liverpool legend. Hence, it’s tough to see the 33-year-old cheer for the Red Devils in the upcoming Manchester derby.

United could do a favour for Liverpool on Wednesday by stopping Manchester City, who are two points adrift of the league leaders, although they have played a game less.

James Milner Liverpool

That extra game is against United at Old Trafford on Wednesday and if Solskjaer’s side manage to even eke out a draw, Liverpool will have their destiny back in their hands before their final hurdle against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.

“It’ll be the first time in my life!” Milner replied when asked if he was comfortable watching United win the derby against City, reports the Daily Mail.

“I don’t watch (games like these), to be honest. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, isn’t it, willing the ball into the goal and things like that. I can’t do anything about it.

“Maybe I’ll put my phone away for a couple of hours and check it after. Maybe I’ll go and grab some food or whatever. There are three games left. United will be a challenge for City, but it’s the old cliché – any game is tough in the Premier League no matter who you play.”

Given United players’ confidence are at rock bottom following the Everton thrashing, it looks tough to see them stop City. We cannot expect a favour from our rivals, who themselves are eyeing a top-four finish.

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Klopp’s men have to win their last three games and hope City drop points in any of their last four games.

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Former Ireland striker urges Liverpool to make transfer move for 26-year-old PL hitman

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Tony Cascarino tips Jurgen Klopp to sign Zaha

Liverpool could be set to sign Crystal Palace star in the upcoming summer transfer window.

This is the opinion of former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino who has backed the Reds to sign Wilfried Zaha following his comments. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

Wilfried Zaha, 26, shone in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. He scored the Eagles’ second goal of the game and was a constant pest to Arsenal’s backline who simply couldn’t cope with his pace and smart movement.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino spoke about the Ivorian winger and his recent comments about wanting to play in the Champions League. He also spotted something that suggests Jurgen Klopp could make a move for the Crystal Palace star in the summer.

“Well, all of the top-six now are playing attack-minded football,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

“Liverpool played Palace last year and I went to the game and Jurgen Klopp was consistently on Alexander-Arnold about Wilf Zaha, you could see it from the sideline.

“I kept thinking after that game, Klopp really does respect Zaha as a player and he knows how dangerous he is. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at Liverpool, but he could do a job for any of the top-six.”

Do Liverpool need Zaha?

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Zaha is seen as one of the best players playing outside the so-called ‘big six’ teams in the league. He has successfully managed to revive his career at Palace after enduring a torrid spell with Manchester United.

At Liverpool, I don’t see him getting regular opportunities under Klopp. Sadio Mane is an undoubted starter in the team and he operates from the left flank, which is basically Zaha’s position at Selhurst Park.

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Even if Klopp feels like buying an attacking player in the summer, his focus should be on bringing an out-and-out number 9.

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Liverpool enter three-way tussle with PL rivals for this 21-year-old defensive beast

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool keen on Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui

Liverpool are set to battle it out with rivals Manchester United and Arsenal for the signature of Ajax starlet Noussair Mazraoui, reports Spanish outlet Marca. (h/t Sport Witness)

Noussair Mazraoui, 21, has established himself as one of the mainstays of Erik ten Hag’s hugely-impressive Ajax side that has knocked out the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League to advance to the semi-finals of the competition this season.

A graduate of the hugely famed Ajax academy, the Dutch-born Moroccan has shown a lot of maturity this season, even though he made his first-team debut last term. The 21-year-old defender has supplied four goals and as many assists in all competitions, thus attracting the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, including the aforementioned Premier League trio.

Noussair Mazraoui will be a good fit at Anfield

Noussair Mazraoui has shown that not only can he perform in the Eredivisie, but also on the bigger stage, i.e. the Champions League. His performances this season certainly belie his age and all credit to Ten Hag for showing immense faith in the young Moroccan.

Liverpool certainly can do well with the signing of Mazraoui. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a regular fixture at right-back for the Reds since the last two seasons.

Alexander-Arnold has battled it out with James Milner at right-back but with the former England international turning 33 this year and Joe Gomez preferred in central defence, our academy graduate needs solid competition from next season.

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That’s where the signing of Mazraoui would make sense for the Reds. Not only will the 21-year-old compete with Alexander-Arnold for the right-back spot but also will add depth to our squad. Thus, we need to beat the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for the Ajax starlet’s signature.

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