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Fan rant of the day: Our rivals should be worried as Liverpool have more to give in the second half of the season

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Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

Liverpool face a tough clash at the Etihad on Thursday as we face Manchester City in the Premier League.

The Reds are unbeaten after 20 games and lead the table by seven points, but that could change if the Manchester City juggernaut gets into gear.

Liverpool have been a bit lucky this season with some calls and games, such as the Everton win, but every champion team needs luck and the Reds have created a lot of their luck too.

There could be fears of a second half struggle but the Reds should be in a better position in the coming months.

The handbrakes could be off for the Reds

The first half of the season did not see many performances similar to the ones from last season. Of course, there were big wins over Red Star Belgrade and West Ham but teams weren’t swatted away.

Liverpool have a grit and determination about them and are getting the job done. The Liverpool Ferrari is on an Autobahn but have a speed limiter on, something that seems to be changing since our win over the Cherries.

Mohamed Salah was brilliant in that game, and even though the score was 4-0, we could have scored more.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah celebrates against Bournemouth

The final ball was often miss-hit or misplaced, and the margin of victory would have been far greater in some of the other games had Sadio Mane found his shooting boots.

In fact, we weren’t at our best against Arsenal and still won 5-1. Playing against City or even Tottenham later in the season won’t give us many freebies in defence but the forwards are taking their chances now.

It was great seeing Roberto Firmino get a hat-trick against the Gunners with Salah and Mane also scoring.

In fact, Salah gave up a penalty to allow Firmino to score his third, which shows the spirit in this team.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Jurgen Klopp has done a wonderful job of mixing it around in the festive period with almost all the first-teamers getting minutes, and that should keep us fresh for the second half of the season.

Klopp should also have the likes of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez back from injury later in the month, and that more or less would mean our first-team is ready for the second half of the campaign.

The best way to describe the team at the moment is calling them efficient. The Reds are good in attack but greater in defence, and that has made the difference. We don’t ship in cheap goals and take some of the chances presented to us.

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Klopp has the chance of taking the shackles off the Reds now that the marathon has reached its half-way point, and even if we aren’t demolishing teams like we did last season, there is a greater calmness in the team.

Read more: Liverpool hold several meetings over winter target wanting €10m per season

Liverpool aren’t set for the title yet but there is a lot more to come from the side, something that our opponents will find difficult to deal with.

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“Liverpool are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants

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Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich’s German international Joshua Kimmich has installed Liverpool as favourites ahead of the Champions League round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich.

The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):

“Liverpool are the favourites.

“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”

Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool

Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp

The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.

“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”

Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.

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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.

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19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer

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Joao Felix

Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).

The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.

However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.

Liverpool's Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent

Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan

Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.

Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.

We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.

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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.

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Liverpool will reject any moves for this 26-year-old star as they aren’t a “selling club” any more

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Mohamed Salah

Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool know they can reject offers for Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has been linked with a move to Juventus with the Italian club paying £44m and sending Paulo Dybala the other way, according to reports (h/t Express).

The Egyptian has been in excellent form since signing from AS Roma, however, the Express adds that Liverpool will reject any bid for the 26-year-old.

The report adds that Liverpool are not seen as a selling club any more and Jurgen Klopp has transformed the club into a final destination for players.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah all signed new deals in recent months and will remain at the club till 2023, according to the Express.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

A financial expert further weighed in on the matter and highlighted the club’s recent profits too (h/t Express):

“Liverpool are no longer a selling club. After posting profits of £125m they can resist any offers.”

Anfield is home

This is a welcome change when compared to earlier seasons where our top players went off to other clubs.

Philippe Coutinho was the most recent example as he left the Reds for Barcelona, but he did create a bit of a scene before leaving Anfield.

Luis Suarez was another player that swapped the Reds for the Catalan club while we lost the likes of Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso too for various reasons.

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The Reds are possibly in the best health as a club on and off the field during the Premier League era, and hopefully, all this translates into some form of success with a trophy coming home.

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