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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.

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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.

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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 tracking 17-year-old Frenchman starring in the Ligue 1



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Liverpool tracking Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga

Eduardo Camavinga has been one of the most impressive players for Rennes this season.

The 17-year-old Frenchman has featured in 20 games for the Ligue 1 club and was one of the stars in the 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

The defensive midfielder has also played in the Europa League and several clubs are interested in him.

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Eduardo Camavinga celebrates for Rennes (Image credit: AFP)

Calciomercato claims that Liverpool are one of the clubs tracking the 17-year-old. Paris Saint-Germain and Milan are also keen on the teenage sensation, according to the report.

Do Liverpool need a young midfielder?

The Reds have a fantastic side at the moment and there aren’t many weaknesses around. The only problem we could face is injuries with Fabinho and Joel Matip missing chunks of this season already.

Alisson was also out for a while but Adrian did a great job in place of the Brazilian keeper.

Camavinga could be a great player for the future and would provide more steel to our midfield.

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James Milner didn’t start in the draw against Manchester United (Image credit: Getty)

James Milner and Adam Lallana are free agents in the summer, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the pair.

Should both leave, we would require quality replacements. Marko Grujic has impressed at Hertha Berlin but Camavinga could be a decent option too.

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The Frenchman wouldn’t start regularly for us, but his growth could be boosted further under Klopp and his coaching team.

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This Liverpool-linked starlet could debut against arch-rivals in FA Cup



Takumi Minamino

Takumi Minamino could make his Liverpool debut against Everton in FA Cup

Liverpool are expected to sign RB Salzburg midfielder Takumi Minamino in the January window, according to the Mirror.

The Japanese star has been one of the bright spots for the Austrian team. He should be a Liverpool player on 1st Jan as long as he passes a medical (h/t Mirror).

Minamino scored against the Reds in the Champions League clash at Anfield, and he could be in line to make a huge debut too.

Takumi Minamino
Takumi Minamino has been excellent for RB Salzburg this season (Image credit: Getty)

The Mirror claims that the 24-year-old has a chance of facing Sheffield United in a Premier League clash on 2 January.

However, it is more likely he will make his debut in the third round of the FA Cup against Everton on 5 January.

That would be an incredible game to make his debut in, and Minamino could do a decent job for us in the second half of the campaign.

Mixing it up at Anfield

Minamino can play in a withdrawn role and could give Roberto Firmino a break. The Japanese can also play on the right-wing, which would allow Mohamed Salah to be rested once in a while.

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Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino celebrate at Sheffield United (Image credit: Getty)

Most of the midfielders at Liverpool can play in other positions. James Milner and Jordan Henderson have played as full-backs, while Fabinho has made a few appearances in the heart of the defence.

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It is that kind of versatility that would make Minamino a decent addition to the side. Hopefully, the Japanese is a Liverpool player soon and an official announcement is made soon.

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Liverpool in contact with representatives of 20-year-old Brazilian striker ahead of possible move



Liverpool in contact with Evanilson’s representatives over possible 2020 move

Liverpool have been linked with Brazilian youngster Evanilson, according to UOL (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 20-year-old striker plays for Fluminense and his contract expires with them in February.

The report claims that Liverpool have contacted Evanilson’s representatives over a possible switch next season.

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Jurgen Klopp during a pre-season game (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool have also scouted the forward all season (h/t Liverpool Echo) and it will be interesting to see what happens with him in the coming months.

Evanilson also spent a season on loan at Samorin, but has broken into the Fluminense first-team recently.

The 20-year-old still has a lot to learn in the game and it will be interesting to see if we sign him in the coming months.

Liverpool’s youth policy

Evanilson could be a smart signing for the future. The Reds have invested in their youth teams in the past and have seen a couple of those players become regulars for the first-team.

Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg were two young players who were signed in the previous summer window.

Harvey Elliott
Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham (Image credit: Getty)

The pair have also impressed in the Carabao Cup and could feature further this season. Curtis Jones has also done well and also played against Bournemouth after coming off the bench.

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The Reds have made some excellent signings under Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, and Evanilson could be the next one.

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