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Fan rant of the day: Fret not, fans! This 10-day break comes at the right time for Liverpool and here is why



Liverpool celebrate win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool players celebrate a win

There was an air of relief and belief at Anfield after the final whistle against Crystal Palace. The Eagles have been a thorn in our side for a few years now and almost came back from Anfield with a point.

The Reds were run ragged by the counter-attacking brilliance of Roy Hodgson’s side and Wilfried Zaha, as we hung on for a 4-3 win.

James Milner was tormented by Zaha, and the Englishman’s night as right-back ended early after two yellow card offences against the Ivorian.

The Reds held on, Jurgen Klopp pumped his fists to the crowd wildly and the team can now take a 10-day break before their clash against another unpredictable side, Leicester City.

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Jurgen Klopp celebrates

This break could not have come at a better time for Klopp’s men and the win serves as a major warning of what can go wrong for the team in the remainder of the season.

Liverpool close to the finish but the race isn’t over

Palace are a bogey team for us and they have plucked out results when no one expected, however, this performance certainly was not a quality one from the Reds.

Liverpool haven’t blown teams away this season but we have controlled games. That was not the case against the Eagles as they relentlessly attacked the right side of the defence.

Andros Townsend’s opener was also due to several Liverpool players trying to press the Palace players in midfield. The discipline needed in pressing as a unit was missing early on.

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Joe Gomez (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate

We have been a little unlucky with some injuries as our defence has been ravaged by problems. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez were not available for selection on Saturday, and Milner was taken to the cleaners by Zaha.

We won’t face many players of the same quality as Zaha for the remainder of the season, but Klopp should understand we cannot risk a make-shift right-back against one of the best in the league.

Milner will miss the game against Leicester, but Klopp should take the Foxes seriously.

Time for some players to return to form and fitness

Georginio Wijnaldum has been one of the stars for the Reds this season, and he was missed in our win over Palace.

Dejan Lovren is another player out with injury, and it is to be seen who all recover from their injuries in the next 10 days.

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Dejan Lovren celebrates for Liverpool

We are a little short on experienced cover for right-back, but Fabinho could do a job there and the youngster Rafa Camacho could start for us against the Foxes.

The midfield is a bit of a conundrum if Fabinho is shifted to the defence. Naby Keita wasn’t great against Palace while Milner will be suspended for the tie, and there is no time frame for Wijnaldum to return.

Injuries aside, some of the Liverpool players need to pull their socks up. Sadio Mane scored the fourth goal of the game, but missed umpteen chances to put a player through.

Keita, as mentioned was poor but he wasn’t playing in the centre of the park, his preferred position. Roberto Firmino also scored, but the Brazilian was poor in possession, and we cannot have many players perform poorly together.

The break could not have come at a better time for Klopp. The Reds are against the Manchester City juggernaut and we cannot let our guard down.

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The games will get tougher as the season progresses, and the German has to ensure all the players are in sync for the remainder of the campaign.

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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



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.

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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



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



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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