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



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



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



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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