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Jurgen Klopp’s tactical switches prove he is still looking to fine tune Liverpool beast – opinion



Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp keeps finding ways to fine-tune Liverpool behemoth

Jurgen Klopp was speaking to the press after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in December.

The Reds battled hard for the three points as they kept their unbeaten start to the season and although Liverpool looked great, Klopp wanted more from the players (h/t Guardian):

“We did really well so far and we have to do even better from now on, because you can see all the other teams are doing really well.

“That’s the challenge for us, to be focused and as successful as possible. In this moment it looks quite positive, but only in this moment – we have to make sure it stays like this.”

Cue five months ahead and the German is still working on his Liverpool team to get the most out of the Reds.

Manchester City have been a problem for the team this season as they have been relentless, but the Reds have a real chance of creating history and Klopp is still fine-tuning Liverpool.

Working to get the best out of the Reds

The defence has barely been touched this season, in terms of the way we play. Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold bomb forward with Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and the second centre-back doing their bit to keep the opposition out.

The forward line has seen several changes too. Mohamed Salah was played as a striker this season before he was reverted into his right-wing position.

Mohamed Salah scores

Mohamed Salah scores

Sadio Mane played on the right of the attack in some games but has been most effective down the left while Roberto Firmino has also been shuffled a bit when it comes to his role in the attack.

The attack still isn’t destroying teams like it did last season but the trio have been effective. Klopp has constantly fiddled with the midfield too and we saw a glimpse of what can be done in our previous two wins.

Hendo attacks, Naby shines

The jury was still out on Naby Keita after his move from RB Leipzig. The Guinea midfielder has had a difficult time since moving from Germany and we were yet to see the best of him until the game against Southampton.

The midfielder scored the first goal of his Liverpool career with a header and was excellent in the 2-0 win over Porto.

Naby Keita of Liverpool

Naby Keita celebrates against Porto

Klopp is willing to play the Guinea midfielder even when his confidence was a little short and hopefully, Keita gets better in the coming weeks.

The main surprise was Jordan Henderson against the Saints. The captain scored and assisted a goal, and played in an advanced role in the win over Porto.

Klopp admitted it was his mistake that he didn’t play Hendo in that position earlier (h/t BBC), and it shows that the German is willing to change things to get the maximum from the players.

The German has changed his style since the Borussia Dortmund days, and we are seeing a Liverpool team that is evolving to get the right results.

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We still aren’t playing our best-attacking football and have not blown teams away regularly this season, but the Reds are getting the job done, and that is all that matters with the season reaching its climax.

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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.

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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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