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Rant of the day: This is Liverpool’s blip and Jurgen Klopp can help the team get over it



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Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk against West Ham

Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes seem to have taken a battering in their last two games. Draws against Leicester City and West Ham have allowed Manchester City to close the gap and take over the top spot in the league.

The Reds haven’t looked great since the defeat to Manchester City, but this is the pressure that the team has to deal with this if they want to be considered as title contenders.

However, this should be seen as a blip rather than a capitulation for the side. Liverpool have lost just one game so far in the Premier League season and draws against Leicester and West Ham aren’t that bad.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool

Sadio Mane of Liverpool scores

The Foxes are one of the toughest teams to face for the top six sides and have wins over Chelsea and Manchester City this season. The only problem in the West Ham draw was our horrendous defending but that is a problem related to injuries.

Injuries are mounting up

Liverpool have missed Joe Gomez, who was easily the best defender to partner Virgil van Dijk after a great start to the season.

The Englishman underwent a surgery recently and it is to be seen when he will return. However, it is certain that we are also missing Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The English right-back’s energy and crossing ability are being missed massively down the right. James Milner does a good job but he doesn’t have the pace that Trent does.

Sadio Mane Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool

Our midfield has been hurt in recent weeks too. Jordan Henderson missed the game against West Ham and we could have done with the calm nature of Georginio Wijnaldum on Monday night.

The pair might not be attacking midfielders, but they allow Liverpool to control games, something that Naby Keita and Fabinho didn’t do that well at the London Stadium.

Our attack hasn’t been firing on all cylinders, but we haven’t been slick in the final third in the entirety of the campaign.

Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane

The wins have been on the back of a solid defence, but we have conceded in every game after our 1-0 win over Brighton.

City and Spurs have had blips too

Manchester City and Tottenham are our two closest rivals and both sides have had blips throughout the season. No one expected City to lose to Leicester, Newcastle or Crystal Palace, but they have dropped points. Spurs are unpredictable and have lost to Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers this season.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool

Sadio Mane in action against Manchester City

The pair should drop more points in the remainder of the campaign and City’s fixture congestion could be a factor that would come into play later on in the campaign. This is a blip for Liverpool and nothing else, and Jurgen Klopp is the man to get us over the problem.

Klopp is the right man for the job

This isn’t the first title race that Klopp has been involved in. He won a couple of Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern were chasing them down back then.

It is a similar situation with Liverpool, and there will be a ton of twists and turns as we still have 13 more rounds of the Premier League to go.

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp in training

The team just needs to take a breath and fix some minor kinks in the armour to get going again. The defence has to be tighter and the attack just needs a bit of a sprucing up and we should be good to go.

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Liverpool have a game in hand over Man City, and we just need to stay calm and enjoy the ride for the rest of the season.

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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.

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



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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Liverpool will reject any moves for this 26-year-old star as they aren’t a “selling club” any more



Mohamed Salah

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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