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Fant rant of the day: Liverpool’s loss to Man City might have been soul-crushing but there is nothing to worry about

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Sadio Mane of Liverpool

Sadio Mane in action against Manchester City

It had to happen sooner or later, after all, going a Premier League season unbeaten is incredibly difficult. Arsenal achieved it more than a decade ago, but things are tougher for Liverpool now.

Let’s forget about that invincibility tag for now and focus on the loss to Manchester City. The Reds have seen their lead cut down to four points, though it could have been 10, had we won.

Manchester City celebrated at the end of the final whistle like they had won the Champions League, something that Pep Guardiola is yet to do with them, but Liverpool have more about them this season.

The Reds might have been second best in the scoreline but we were more than a match for City, and still hold the cards for the remainder of the season.

Liverpool could have easily won at the Etihad

We were close to scoring the opening goal of the game and had that gone in, things would have been different. In fact, once Jurgen Klopp shifted from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1, we were in the ascendancy and scored via Roberto Firmino.

There was a mad scramble late on as we looked for the second equaliser, and Ederson had to come up trumps to deny Mohamed Salah.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Manchester City didn’t hammer us, they didn’t destroy us, they barely made a dent in our side and got two goals from our mistakes.

Liverpool didn’t capitulate to a 5-0 loss like last season, and that bodes well as we look to restart our winning run.

Liverpool can concentrate on the season

The loss also meant that tag of going unbeaten went off our list, and now we can concentrate on the season. Klopp has to take it one game at a time, and that has worked well for us so far.

Losing to City wasn’t a big tragedy and we still hold a four-point lead over them. We don’t need to go unbeaten and try to do an Arsenal, what we need to do is win the Premier League.

The Reds have been wonderful for 21 games, and having just one loss to the tally isn’t a bad record. Liverpool will drop points, there is no doubting that for the rest of the season, and getting the first Premier League loss in should provide more motivation to do well for the rest of the campaign.

Easy fixtures coming up

The Reds don’t have the most testing fixtures over the next 30 days or so. Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, West Ham and Bournemouth are our next five Premier League opponents, and we should be targeting 12-13 points easily from these clashes.

Liverpool players celebrate win

Manchester City have a truckload of games due to their Carabao Cup commitments, and there is more than a chance of us extending our lead over the next five ties.

Even if we don’t play to our best, we should remain unbeaten over these five games. The FA Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers is a bit of a distraction, but we should play the kids and not think about the cup too much this season.

The Reds also have a pretty strong team when it comes to depth, and our options in midfield should be enough to continue our development for the rest of the season.

Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane

There is a belief in this side that hasn’t been seen in the Premier League years, and Klopp has to provided credit for that.

Read more: “Still 4 points clear”, “This means nothing” – Several Liverpool fans remain optimistic despite 2-1 loss to Manchester City

The job isn’t complete at Anfield and our response against Brighton will be key to how we do, but I am confident of this team keeping its cool and finishing the season close to the top.

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Liverpool unlikely to make January signings as Klopp wants to keep a close unit

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Liverpool won’t sign players in January unless they face a big problem

The Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst took part in a regular Q+A session after our loss to Napoli in the Champions League.

The journalist was asked about a range of topics regarding the club including our plans in the winter window and when our injured players could return.

Liverpool didn’t make any big signings in the summer as they signed a couple of young players. We did sign Adrian and Andy Lonergan but those were done to provide cover for Alisson.

Gorst was asked if the Reds would make any signings in the January window, and he claimed that it would take a major problem for any deal to take place (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think for Liverpool to be active in the January window there would have to be a big problem at Anfield.

“Klopp likes the close-knit makeup of his squad and prefers his numbers to be trim. I don’t see a scenario where the Reds boss is delving into the market to make a significant addition at this stage.”

The journalist added that Klopp believes in the current crop of players after the perfect start to the Premier League campaign.

Klopp averse to making winter signings

The German isn’t known to make big winter signings and it would be a huge deal if the manager makes a move in January.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

The Reds have a pretty strong team and it will be interesting to see how our season develops in the coming months.

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We have looked good so far this season and were a little unlucky to return from Napoli without a point.

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Liverpool interested in 27-year-old Real Madrid star but face competition from Premier League rivals

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Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid attacker Isco

Calciomercato (h/t AS) reports that Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid’s talented Spaniard Isco.

The 27-year-old can play in several positions in the attack and has scored one goal and provided one assist for the Madrid side this season.

Isco has had his troubles with Real in the past season or so and only started 11 La Liga games for them.

Isco
Isco

The 27-year-old did appear in 16 league games as a substitute, with Real changing managers thrice in the previous campaign.

Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm of the La Liga giants and Isco hasn’t played for the side since the 1-1 draw against Valladolid at the end of August.

The report claims that there is further interest in Isco, with Manchester City and Juventus also keen on the 27-year-old.

Do Liverpool need Isco?

The Spaniard is a great talent but his inconsistency has been a problem over the past 18 months or so.

Liverpool could use a playmaker just behind the front-three and Isco is capable of playing in that position.

However, the Spaniard has mostly been used in the wide positions this season, and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move later on.

Liverpool have three of the best attackers in world football at the moment, and there is immense competition for places in the midfield too.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita could provide us with an attacking dimension from the midfield. However, the pair have had their injury problems in recent years.

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Isco would be a valuable addition to the team, but he won’t be guaranteed a starting spot. Landing the Spaniard on the cheap would be good business, but we shouldn’t break the bank for the 27-year-old.

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Spanish star linked with Liverpool after excellent display in Champions League

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Fabian Ruiz of Napoli linked with Liverpool after excellent display

Liverpool’s Champions League opener might not have gone their way with a 2-0 defeat at Napoli.

The Reds were unlucky to concede a penalty late in the game, with replays showing that Jose Callejon had fallen over before contact was made with Andy Robertson.

Dries Mertens made no mistake from the spot and we tried to get back into the game.

Fabian Ruiz

Fernando Llorente scored in the dying seconds of the game after some miscommunication at the back, but we had our chances to score too.

One player who impressed in the midfield was Fabian Ruiz. The Spaniard was linked with the Reds before the clash (h/t Calciomercato) and did a great job in controlling the midfield.

The 23-year-old has been great for Napoli under Carlo Ancelotti, and reports (h/t Liverpool Echo) claim that the midfielder is being linked with Liverpool once again.

A quality signing for the Reds?

Liverpool do have a packed midfield with the likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain yet to shine this season.

Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum are great as a unit but the likes of James Milner and Adam Lallana are in their 30s and cannot start every game for us.

Marko Grujic
Marko Grujic celebrates

Marko Grujic has also impressed at Hertha Berlin on loan, and he should be handed a chance to prove his ability at Anfield.

The Serbian would be a smart option for the Reds but Ruiz seems to be a more complete article right now.

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Calciomercato added that Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested in the Spaniard, and it will be interesting to see if Ruiz is on the move next season.

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