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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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“It’ll be the first time in my life!”: This Liverpool star will be rooting for Man United in the game against Man City



Latest Liverpool news: James Milner to support Man United against City?

Liverpool star James Milner will become a Manchester United fan for the first time on Wednesday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side take on Manchester City in the Premier League. (h/t the Daily Mail)

Born in Leeds, he won two titles in his five-year stay at Manchester City and could soon become a Liverpool legend. Hence, it’s tough to see the 33-year-old cheer for the Red Devils in the upcoming Manchester derby.

United could do a favour for Liverpool on Wednesday by stopping Manchester City, who are two points adrift of the league leaders, although they have played a game less.

James Milner Liverpool

That extra game is against United at Old Trafford on Wednesday and if Solskjaer’s side manage to even eke out a draw, Liverpool will have their destiny back in their hands before their final hurdle against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.

“It’ll be the first time in my life!” Milner replied when asked if he was comfortable watching United win the derby against City, reports the Daily Mail.

“I don’t watch (games like these), to be honest. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, isn’t it, willing the ball into the goal and things like that. I can’t do anything about it.

“Maybe I’ll put my phone away for a couple of hours and check it after. Maybe I’ll go and grab some food or whatever. There are three games left. United will be a challenge for City, but it’s the old cliché – any game is tough in the Premier League no matter who you play.”

Given United players’ confidence are at rock bottom following the Everton thrashing, it looks tough to see them stop City. We cannot expect a favour from our rivals, who themselves are eyeing a top-four finish.

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Klopp’s men have to win their last three games and hope City drop points in any of their last four games.

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Former Ireland striker urges Liverpool to make transfer move for 26-year-old PL hitman



Liverpool FC transfer news: Tony Cascarino tips Jurgen Klopp to sign Zaha

Liverpool could be set to sign Crystal Palace star in the upcoming summer transfer window.

This is the opinion of former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino who has backed the Reds to sign Wilfried Zaha following his comments. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

Wilfried Zaha, 26, shone in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. He scored the Eagles’ second goal of the game and was a constant pest to Arsenal’s backline who simply couldn’t cope with his pace and smart movement.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino spoke about the Ivorian winger and his recent comments about wanting to play in the Champions League. He also spotted something that suggests Jurgen Klopp could make a move for the Crystal Palace star in the summer.

“Well, all of the top-six now are playing attack-minded football,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

“Liverpool played Palace last year and I went to the game and Jurgen Klopp was consistently on Alexander-Arnold about Wilf Zaha, you could see it from the sideline.

“I kept thinking after that game, Klopp really does respect Zaha as a player and he knows how dangerous he is. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at Liverpool, but he could do a job for any of the top-six.”

Do Liverpool need Zaha?

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Zaha is seen as one of the best players playing outside the so-called ‘big six’ teams in the league. He has successfully managed to revive his career at Palace after enduring a torrid spell with Manchester United.

At Liverpool, I don’t see him getting regular opportunities under Klopp. Sadio Mane is an undoubted starter in the team and he operates from the left flank, which is basically Zaha’s position at Selhurst Park.

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Even if Klopp feels like buying an attacking player in the summer, his focus should be on bringing an out-and-out number 9.

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Liverpool enter three-way tussle with PL rivals for this 21-year-old defensive beast



Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool keen on Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui

Liverpool are set to battle it out with rivals Manchester United and Arsenal for the signature of Ajax starlet Noussair Mazraoui, reports Spanish outlet Marca. (h/t Sport Witness)

Noussair Mazraoui, 21, has established himself as one of the mainstays of Erik ten Hag’s hugely-impressive Ajax side that has knocked out the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League to advance to the semi-finals of the competition this season.

A graduate of the hugely famed Ajax academy, the Dutch-born Moroccan has shown a lot of maturity this season, even though he made his first-team debut last term. The 21-year-old defender has supplied four goals and as many assists in all competitions, thus attracting the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, including the aforementioned Premier League trio.

Noussair Mazraoui will be a good fit at Anfield

Noussair Mazraoui has shown that not only can he perform in the Eredivisie, but also on the bigger stage, i.e. the Champions League. His performances this season certainly belie his age and all credit to Ten Hag for showing immense faith in the young Moroccan.

Liverpool certainly can do well with the signing of Mazraoui. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a regular fixture at right-back for the Reds since the last two seasons.

Alexander-Arnold has battled it out with James Milner at right-back but with the former England international turning 33 this year and Joe Gomez preferred in central defence, our academy graduate needs solid competition from next season.

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That’s where the signing of Mazraoui would make sense for the Reds. Not only will the 21-year-old compete with Alexander-Arnold for the right-back spot but also will add depth to our squad. Thus, we need to beat the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for the Ajax starlet’s signature.

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