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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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Klopp wants to keep experienced star at Liverpool despite interest from European giants

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose Dejan Lovren in the summer

Calciomercato claims that AC Milan will find it difficult to sign Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender recently returned to the Reds for pre-season training, and report claims that the Reds value Lovren at €25million.

The 30-year-old was not a regular starter for us last season due to injuries and the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

However, the Croatian is one of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League, and the report adds that Jurgen Klopp admires Lovren’s leadership at the back.

The report claims that this is one reason why Klopp wants to keep Lovren in the team for as long as possible.

Liverpool won’t let Lovren go on the cheap

The report adds that Liverpool are looking to get the complete €25m for Lovren and are not willing to reduce his price.

Milan would have to match the valuation for Liverpool to even consider selling the Croatian (h/t Calciomercato).

The Reds have signed Sepp van den Berg, a young centre-back, in the summer, however, Klopp’s thought process regarding Lovren makes a lot of sense.

The Croatian hasn’t made any noises of wanting to leave and did a decent job in most of his games last season.

Signing a senior defender for the upcoming season would not be easy, and the Croatian has a great relationship with most of the Liverpool players, such as Mohamed Salah.

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Lovren’s experience is certainly great for a young Liverpool team, and it will be interesting to see what our actions are in the summer window.

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“I would say yes”: Klopp opens up on where Liverpool star’s future lies

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp claims Mignolet’s future is with Reds

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Simon Mignolet would be staying despite the keeper being unsure about his playing time at the club (h/t Daily Mail).

Alisson was signed last summer, and the Brazilian has been excellent with the Reds.

The keeper won the Golden Glove in the Champions League and the Premier League, and won the Copa America this summer.

Simon Mignolet in action

Alisson was also the Man of the Match in our 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final.

However, Klopp was certain that Mignolet would stay, and praised his professionalism last season (h/t Daily Mail):

“Yes, (it’s) how I’ve heard.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months – not weeks. Before we left (for the summer break) we had talk. I would say yes (he stays).”

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

Klopp added that the Reds need quality players in all positions, and that was the situation with our goalkeepers:

“At a club like Liverpool you need two number ones in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon.

“It’s a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

Mignolet needs more games at Liverpool

The Belgian only played two games for the first-team last season, with those appearances coming in the domestic cups.

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Mignolet needs to play regularly as he is in the prime of his goalkeeping career, and the Reds should offer him the same next season.

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The Reds are in additional competitions this season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with the Belgian.

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Liverpool turn to veteran keeper to solve current injury crisis

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds move for Andy Lonergan to solve keeper issue

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds have moved for former Preston North End goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to solve their problems between the sticks.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp has brought in the 35-year-old keeper who last played for Middlesbrough.

Lonergan is set to travel to the US for our tour of North America, according to the report, as Simon Mignolet is the only fit senior keeper Liverpool have.

Andy Lonergan

Alisson is away on a break after winning the Copa America while the Reds have seen two young keepers pick up injuries.

Caoimhin Kelleher is out with a wrist injury, Vitezslav Jaros injured his ankle ligaments while Kamil Grabara is yet to report for duty after his U21 Euro exploits with Poland.

Mignolet had to play almost the entirety of our pre-season friendly against Bradford with Dan Atherton being given a few minutes last night.

Lonergan not signing a deal with Liverpool

The report adds that the 35-year-old keeper will not sign a contract with Liverpool, and is unlikely to play in the US games.

Simon Mignolet in action

Liverpool play Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon in this part of the pre-season tour.

Lonergan is a well-travelled keeper, with stints at Rochdale, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Wolves.

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Liverpool have won both of their pre-season games so far, and their first clash of the season is against Norwich on 9th August.

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