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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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ESPN pundit claims this Liverpool star is perfect to replace Luis Suarez at Barcelona



Liverpool FC transfer news: ESPN pundit claims Roberto Firmino would be a great fit at Barcelona

Roberto Firmino has to be one of the best players in the Premier League, and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner believes the Brazilian would be a great fit at Barcelona.

The Daily Star reports that Barcelona are looking for a replacement to Luis Suarez. The former Liverpool star has been excellent at the Catalans but at 32, he is nearing the twilight of his career.

Suarez isn’t the only player to have moved to the Nou Camp with Philippe Coutinho joining them last year.

Mariner was asked who would be the replacement for the Uruguayan and claimed that Firmino is the right man, even if he was going to upset a few fans (h/t Daily Star):

“Just look at some of his link up play and I think that would be perfect for Barcelona.

“I know Coutinho hasn’t done it at Barca but Firmino is a different player.

“Firmino for me does it all. He is tremendous.”

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Firmino’s future set at Anfield?

The Brazilian has been wonderful under Jurgen Klopp and the German has made the forward a better player since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.

The forward also signed a new deal recently and has formed a great partnership alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

The former Hoffenheim star does more than score goals, as he does a lot of work for the team. The 27-year-old is integral to the way we play, and it would be a major surprise if we think about selling the Brazilian.

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Firmino could play for any side in the world, but thankfully he is one of us and can achieve great things under the German.

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



Liverpool players celebrate win

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.

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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



Joao Felix

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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