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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are better than 2014’s Reds and will exorcise Chelsea demons on Sunday – opinion

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Liverpool opinion: Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will exorcise demons from 2014 Chelsea clash

Five games left and Liverpool are still in with a shout of winning the Premier League.

Manchester City have the advantage of having played one less game, but we have been grinding out results without playing at our best.

The Reds aren’t dismantling teams like they did last season, but we have some important wins to show for it.

Tottenham were beaten by a last-minute own goal, however, they cracked under our relentless pressure. The same can be said about the win over Southampton as we trailed the Saints but ended up winning 3-1.

Five games remain, but we face a tricky fixture next. The dreaded home game against Chelsea.

Time to vanquish old memories

That Steven Gerrard moment from 2014 remains long in the memory of most Liverpool fans, and we should have won the title that season.

However, that Liverpool wasn’t as pragmatic or mature as this Liverpool team is. Brendan Rodgers needed one draw and two wins from the last three games to clinch the title, however, the wheels fell off when Demba Ba ran through on goal and scored.

Jurgen Klopp’s team aren’t looking to demolish teams but are trying to pick them off at the right moments.

Virgil van Dijk has been at the heart of a great defence, but the work done by the midfielders cannot be ignored either.

Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner might not be the most creative midfield trio, but they ensure the opposition don’t have a lot of control in the game.

Our front three also work their socks off with regards to tracking back, and we have two of the best full-backs in the world that are important to how we play.

A better team than in 2014

Liverpool’s last Premier League title charge was built around Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling outscoring the opposition.

Steven Gerrard did a great job in chipping in with some important goals and unlocking defences but there was always a fear that the team would leak goals.

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

That team conceded 50 goals in the Premier League alone and was partly the reason why we lost the title. This team under Klopp has the best defence in the Premier League and has one of the best goalkeepers in the world too.

Further, this Chelsea team has struggled this season to understand Maurizio Sarri’s style and we should take advantage of that.

There is the threat of Eden Hazard but the Belgian has been linked with Real Madrid (h/t Sky Sports), and hopefully, his mind is somewhere else on Sunday.

Liverpool still need some help from Crystal Palace or Manchester United or Tottenham to be in the driving seat for the title, but all we can do is win our games.

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This is possibly the best team we have had in the Premier League era, and it is the perfect time to exorcise the demons from 2014.

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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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