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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



Sadio Mane of Liverpool

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.

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

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.

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



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



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.


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



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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