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Rant of the day: Leicester draw was a one-off for Liverpool and the real pressure is still on Man City

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Sadio Mane of Liverpool scores

The tension was palpable at Anfield once Harry Maguire scored the equaliser at the end of the first half. Liverpool were leading the game 1-0 before the Englishman scored, and the Foxes even had chances of scoring another goal or two.

The Reds ended the game with a point, and actually extended their lead over Manchester City, however, there could have been more.

A seven-point gap would have put an awful lot of pressure on Pep Guardiola’s men. However, we are still in a great position after 24 Premier League games.

The Reds have lost just once this season, and this draw against Leicester was the first time we dropped points against one of the teams outside the top six.

Further, Liverpool had several defensive problems and hadn’t played in 10 days. Virgil van Dijk didn’t train as much as the Reds would have liked, James Milner was suspended, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez were injured, and we played Jordan Henderson as the right-back.

This was a Leicester side that had beaten City and Chelsea this season, so a draw isn’t the worst result in the world.

City are going to feel the pressure for sure

City have dropped points against Wolves, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Chelsea this season. Pep Guardiola’s men aren’t in the same form as last season, and the pressure seems to be building up.

The latest team to get the better of them was Newcastle United, and there is no doubt that there will be more twists and turns in the coming weeks.

The next three fixtures for City are Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea, and all three clubs are capable of picking up points against the Cityzens.

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Jurgen Klopp in training

Our next two fixtures are against West Ham and Bournemouth before the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.

City also have to play three cup games after the Chelsea game, and their team will certainly be stretched in the coming months.

There were a few groans and moans when things weren’t going our way against Leicester, however, the Reds have been exceptional at home barring this one game.

Liverpool celebrate win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool players celebrate a win

The only other time we failed to win was against City in a 0-0 draw and frankly, had someone offered Jurgen Klopp this position in the table in February, he would have laughed it off.

City have struggled against the lesser sides this season, and they have cracked under the pressure of chasing the Reds. Klopp’s side can now lose and draw a game and still be tied with City on points. However, that should not be the mentality of the side.

Klopp knows there is a long way to go, and there will be more problems for us as we face the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham before the end of the season.

Read more: Bayern Munich enter race for Liverpool target with £106m release clause

However, there is grit and determination in this side that we haven’t seen in years. It is to be seen whether this leads to a first Premier League title, but a five-point lead over the Cityzens with a packed fixture for them is a huge bonus for us.

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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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