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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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La Liga giants slap a £94m price tag on star Liverpool target

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Barcelona slap £94million price-tag on Liverpool target Ousmane Dembele

AS (h/t Liverpool Echo) reports that Barcelona have slapped a £94million price-tag on reported Liverpool target Ousmane Dembele.

The French attacker joined the Catalans from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and scored 14 times last season.

Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane Dembele

However, the Frenchman has had his issues at the Catalan giants and missed a training session last season too. Barcelona want £94million for the 22-year-old forward, which would help them recoup the initial amount they paid to Dortmund (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Neymar is being targeted for a sensational return to the Nou Camp, and the report claims that Dembele could leave in the summer.

Neymar left for PSG with Dembele being his replacement, and it would be another big deal if he returns to the Catalan giants in the transfer window.

Liverpool could do with another attacker in the team

The Reds could do with another quality attacker to cover the front-three.

Liverpool were lucky that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino did not pick up major injuries last season, and we have also seen Daniel Sturridge leave the club.

Dembele can play anywhere across the front-line and has the potential to improve further under Jurgen Klopp.

Spending £94million might be a little excessive, however, the German has been excellent with his buys at Liverpool.

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It would be difficult to guarantee regular starts for Dembele, but Klopp has shown that he can keep the midfielders happy despite loads of competition for places.

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Liverpool have no plans to move for 24-year-old Portuguese sensation linked with Man United

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds are not interested in Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes

The Evening Standard reports that Liverpool are not interested in Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes.

Portuguese reports (h/t Daily Star) claimed that the Reds had bid for the 24-year-old as they tried to beat Manchester United.

Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes

Fernandes had a great season for Sporting, racking up 20 goals and 13 assists in the league. The 24-year-old also broke into the national team and lifted the Nations League trophy recently.

The Portuguese international can play in several positions and would have provided cover for several players at Anfield.

The Reds don’t need to make a lot of signings given the quality of the starting XI, but we could do with some cover for our top players.

However, the Standard claims that the Reds have no plans to sign the Portuguese midfielder despite suggestions that Rafael Camacho would be used as a makeweight in the deal.

Rafa Camacho

The Liverpool youngster has one year left on his deal and does not want to extend his stay at the club, according to the report.

Talks between clubs on for a while

The report claims that Liverpool and Sporting have been in talks since January but a deal to sign Camacho failed.

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The Portuguese giants are hopeful of getting a deal done in the summer, and their hopes have been boosted by Camacho’s reluctance to sign a new deal, according to the report.

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Liverpool face competition for world-class star as PL rivals bid £85m

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Manchester City bid £85m for Kalidou Koulibaly

Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Mirror) reports that Manchester City have bid £85million for Senegal star Kalidou Koulibaly.

City saw captain Vincent Kompany leave in the summer, and the report claims that the Premier League champions have also been linked with Leicester’s Harry Maguire.

Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli

Pep Guardiola is keen to fill up this gap in his defence, according to the report, and Koulibaly has been linked with Manchester United in the past.

Liverpool are also interested in the 27-year-old and enquired about the centre-back, according to Il Mattino (h/t Mirror). The Mail reported that Koulibaly has a release clause of £133million in his contract, but that only kicks in next season.

The 27-year-old is one of the best defenders in the Serie A and could be a fantastic addition for City and Liverpool.

The Cityzens have a greater need in the heart of the defence after seeing Kompany leave, while Liverpool have seen Joe Gomez and Joel Matip perform incredibly last season.

Joel Matip of Liverpool
Joel Matip in training

The pair did well playing alongside Virgil van Dijk, but a partnership between the Dutch defender and Koulibaly would possibly be the best in the world.

Liverpool have to think of other positions first

The centre-back position isn’t all that important at the moment unless one of our senior defenders leaves in the summer.

We also need to find a replacement for Alberto Moreno and provide cover to Andy Robertson.

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The Scot is the best left-back in the Premier League, and we were fortunate he didn’t miss many games due to injury last season.

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