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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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“It’ll be the first time in my life!”: This Liverpool star will be rooting for Man United in the game against Man City

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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

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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

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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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