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Rant of the day: Jurgen Klopp has to get things right in the Marbella training camp

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Liverpool opinion: Jurgen Klopp has to get things right during this training camp

Liverpool whisked away to Marbella for four days after their 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Reds proved they can play the same level of attacking football like they did last season and could have scored more than the three against the Cherries on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino looked great while our defence, without Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, were water-tight.

The Reds gave a fitting reply to Manchester City in the chase for the Premier League crown, however, the Cityzens answered back with an incredible 6-0 hammering of Chelsea.

Liverpool against Bournemouth

Liverpool against Bournemouth

Liverpool seemed to be on the right path ahead of our clash against Bayern Munich, however, Jurgen Klopp has to get things right in this training camp.

The last break did not go well for the Reds

The Reds had a warm weather training camp in Dubai when there was no FA Cup action. There was some good news in Dubai though, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was seen taking part in some sessions, but our performances after returning from there weren’t that great.

We looked lethargic and bereft of ideas against Leicester and were a little lucky to come out with a point against the Foxes.

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Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk against West Ham

The next game was against West Ham, and it was a bit of a miracle how we did not concede more than the one goal at the London Stadium.

It was difficult to swallow both results, given that we barely concede goals. Both teams opened us up with ease.

Not having Gomez and Alexander-Arnold due to injuries hurt, and Klopp’s decision to play Jordan Henderson as the right-back against Leicester did not work out.

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Further, our attack seemed out of sorts and it was only in the Bournemouth game did we see the best of the team.

Time to release the handbrake

Liverpool played their patented 4-3-3 against the Cherries and looked fantastic. Georginio Wijnaldum returning to the team was another boost, and he scored a brilliant goal too.

Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum

Trent also got a few minutes, and it will be interesting to see if the Englishman starts against Bayern Munich next Tuesday.

There was also some good news with the squad travelling to Marbella, as the latest Liverpool news confirmed that Oxlade-Chamberlain also travelled with the side.

The two games against Bayern and United could decide how our season goes, and Klopp needs to get things right.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

The Reds lost their way a bit with the two league draws, and even though we are still in a great position to lift the title, it is imperative we do not give another chance for Manchester City to deliver a psychological blow.

If we beat Manchester United away at Old Trafford in few days time, after a good performance against Bayern, then it would set us up nicely for the rest of this season.

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That could be the final straw that breaks the camel’s back, and hopefully, Klopp returns from Marbella with 31 warriors that will tear up the football field till May.

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Transfer Watch: Liverpool’s midfield target scores stunning hat-trick against Mainz

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Latest Liverpool news: Liverpool target James Rodriguez scores hat-trick for Bayern Munich

Liverpool have been linked with Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to El Confidencial (h/t Mirror).

The 27-year-old is on loan at Bayern Munich and is set to complete his two-year spell in the Bundesliga.

The report claims that Bayern might not sign the Colombian at the end of the two-year spell and Real would be looking to sell the former Monaco star.

Rodriguez hasn’t been consistent during his time in Germany, and he was poor in Bayern’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in their Champions League exit in midweek.

However, the Colombian returned to form for Bayern as they scored six past a hapless Mainz side

Rodriguez on fire against Mainz

The Colombian scored a brilliant hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Mainz as they kept their spot at the top of the Bundesliga.

The first goal wasn’t great but the second one was a screamer from outside the box. The Colombian then had the poise to chip the onrushing the keeper to complete his hat-trick.

Rodriguez could do a good job for us but his price point will be a big concern. The report suggests that Real would be looking at a minimum of £59m for the 27-year-old.

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The Colombian hasn’t been able to replicate his form from the 2014 World Cup at Real and Bayern, and maybe another change in scenery could get the attacker’s career back on track.

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La liga giants interested in 22-year-old Liverpool target starring in Germany

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Julian Brandt

Liverpool FC transfer news: Spanish giants interested in Liverpool target Julian Brandt

Julian Brandt is one of the brightest players in the Bundesliga, and Bild (h/t Calciomercato) reports that Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are interested in the 22-year-old.

The report claims that the Liverpool target has a release clause of €25m should Bayer Leverkusen fail to finish in the Champions League positions in the Bundesliga.

The top four in Germany make it to the Champions League with Leverkusen holding the sixth spot at the moment.

The report adds that the club is preparing for life without Brandt and the activation of the release clause.

Brandt lighting it up in the Bundesliga

The 22-year-old has scored four goals and provided nine assists in the Bundesliga this season. The German international can play in several positions across the pitch and it will be interesting to see where he lands up next season.

Liverpool could do with more attacking players, especially as cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Brandt would be a fantastic signing for the Reds given his age and potential, and his release clause isn’t that high either.

Jurgen Klopp has had a great run regarding his transfers with most of them performing well since moving to Anfield.

The Reds were busy in the transfer window in the summer and Klopp recently claimed that Liverpool would not spend huge in the summer.

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Klopp has built a formidable side at Anfield and we need just a few more quality signings to take us to another level.

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Liverpool to battle London giants for 19-year-old attacker with €30m release clause

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Liverpool interested in Benfica youngster Jota

Liverpool are interested in 19-year-old Benfica forward Jota, also known as Joao Filipe, according to the Telegraph.

The report claims that the forward has a release clause of €30million and the youngster made his breakthrough to the first-team recently.

Liverpool face competition from Tottenham and Arsenal as they keep tabs on the teenager. The report claims that Tottenham sent scouts to watch the youngster in action during the Europa League clash against Dinamo Zagreb.

The youngster can play out wide or as a central striker, and the report claims that Jota could be sold before participating in this years U20 World Cup in Poland.

Benfica holding tight to their stars

Jota is another talent coming through the Benfica academy and the report claims that their president will not allow players to leave below their respective release clauses.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

The report adds that Jota’s contract is up in 2022 and there are discussions to increase his release substantially by offering him a new deal.

Jota could be an exciting talent for the future and it is to be seen how we deal with this link. The Reds could do with more attacking options given that only Xherdan Shaqiri is an out-and-out winger in the first-team.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane don’t have a lot of competition on the wings and we have seen Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge play out wide this season.

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Spending €30m on a player with potential is certainly risky, however, Jurgen Klopp’s success rate with transfers at Liverpool has been high.

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