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Opinion: Raheem Sterling’s recent Liverpool comments prove we have gotten under the skin of Manchester City

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Liverpool opinion: Raheem Sterling’s Liverpool joke shows how much we are under Manchester City’s skin

Raheem Sterling was criticised by many former Liverpool players for his behaviour and the manner in which he left the Reds to join Manchester City in 2015 (h/t BBC).

The BBC adds that the English youngster rejected a £100,000-a-week deal from the Reds before joining the Cityzens.

The move seems to have worked out for him as the former QPR youngster has won several trophies at City while we haven’t picked up any silverware in years.

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

However, things are looking up for us under Jurgen Klopp, and despite three final defeats in as many seasons, we are in the race for the Champions League and the Premier League.

The Champions League won’t be easy as we face Barcelona in the semis while Manchester City lead the Premier League by one point.

Sterling has gone from strength to strength in recent seasons and was included in the PFA Team of the Year. The 24-year-old attacker was speaking at the BT Sport Industry Awards, where he was awarded for his fight against racism.

The former Red joked that no one wants Liverpool to win the title (h/t Metro):

“Any little slip and you’ve got the Liverpool guys who could go top [of the table]. You don’t want that. “I don’t want that. I don’t think anybody wants that. So you try to do your best to make sure you win the game.”

These comments might have gotten a few laughs on the night but this also shows how much Liverpool are under Manchester City’s skin and on their minds.

A close race for the Premier League crown

Manchester City lead the table by 89 points, and normally, you would expect them to have wrapped up the title with three games to go.

However, that is not the case as a rampant Liverpool lie just one point behind them waiting, lurking, and hoping for a mistake.

City don’t have an easy tie at the weekend as they face a physical Burnley. The Clarets aren’t assured of safety yet and have been difficult opposition for most big teams thanks to their physical nature.

Liverpool celebrate

Liverpool celebrate win

Sean Dyche’s men also took points off City last season, however, both meetings this season have ended up as hammering for the Clarets.

City were in cruise control against Manchester United but it would not be the same against Burnley. Liverpool can play on their minds, even more, should we win the clash against Huddersfield on Friday.

The Reds need to win their games to keep City under pressure. Leicester City and Brighton being their final two games of the Premier League won’t be easy either.

Brendan Rodgers could do us a favour as his Liverpool were beaten by City to the Premier League crown a few years ago.

Fernandinho recently spoke about how City clawed the gap that Liverpool held earlier in the season (h/t Independent).

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Liverpool are the ones doing the chasing now, and with three games to go, it could be City that cracks as they keep seeing the rampant Reds in their rearview mirrors.

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Liverpool dealt a blow in hunt for promising teenage starlet as Serie A giants are unwilling to sell the player

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Inter Milan unwilling to sell Sebastiano Esposito

Calciomercato claims that Inter Milan are unwilling to sell their rising starlet Sebastiano Esposito despite interest from Liverpool.

The 16-year-old was given his debut this season when he came on to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League knockout rounds.

Inter could not defeat the Bundesliga side but there is interest in the 16-year-old from Manchester City too (h/t Calciomercato).

The report adds that Inter see him as the future of the club and will only look to loan him out or let him play in the Primavera League.

The 16-year-old has already made a big name for himself with some great performances for the Italy U-17 team, and he seems set to remain with the Serie A giants for a while.

Liverpool need to build on their great season

The Reds have a great first XI but could do with more talent to strengthen the squad.

Esposito might be highly rated but it would be unlikely seeing him break into the first-team or even push the likes of Rhian Brewster and Divock Origi for game time next season.

Rhian Brewster Liverpool

Rhian Brewster

Liverpool need to build on an impressive season and it will be interesting to see our moves in the transfer window. The Reds missed out on the Premier League title by one point but can finish the season on a high by winning the Champions League.

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Liverpool face Tottenham in the final on June 1 and should be favourites to land their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds cool interest in Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez

Liverpool have cooled their interest in 22-year-old Maxi Gomez, according to the Daily Star.

The report claims that the Reds enquired about the Uruguayan sensation, however, they have backed out of a deal to sign the Celta Vigo attacker.

Gomez has impressed at the La Liga side over the past two seasons. The 22-year-old scored 13 times in the league, with five assists to his name during the campaign.

Maxi Gomez

Maxi Gomez

The report adds that the forward has a £43m release clause in his contract and there is interest from our Champions League final opponents, Tottenham.

Spurs have made contact with the player’s representatives, according to the report, while there is also interest from Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool have a couple of up and coming strikers in the team

Roberto Firmino is the first-choice striker in the team and the Reds have a couple of young options who could do a job in place of the Brazilian.

Divock Origi was the surprise package of the season, nabbing some important goals despite not featuring a lot for the team. The Belgian bagged a brace against Barcelona recently and even scored the winners against Everton and Newcastle in the Premier League.

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Rhian Brewster also seems set to play for the first-team next season, and the forward is one of the most highly-rated youngsters we have in the team.

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(Photos) Liverpool touch down in Marbella for CL training camp with one surprise inclusion

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Latest Liverpool news: Liverpool players reach Marbella for Champions League final training

Jurgen Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool team landed in Marbella for their Champions League final training sessions.

The Reds face Tottenham on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano for the final of the tournament as they look to win their sixth Champions League crown.

Liverpool visited Marbella earlier this season, and there was one major surprise joining the team in the training camp.

Naby Keita was initially ruled out for the season by Klopp after he picked up an injury against Barcelona. However, his national team manager Paul Put believes the Guinea midfielder could be back for the Champions League final (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The heroes from the win over Barcelona looked to be in the mood, with Georginio Wijnaldum pictured alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Divock Origi, who scored a brace against Barcelona, could get a start in case Roberto Firmino isn’t fit for the final.

The usual suspects for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah also checked into the training camp and the Egyptian could be the difference maker for us in Madrid.

Virgil van Dijk has been excellent for us from the day he signed for us, and his leadership at the back will be one of the keys to winning the Champions League.

Our captain, Jordan Henderson, was also one of the stars in the win over Barcelona while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s crosses led to two goals against the Catalans.

Andy Robertson returned from injury to face Wolves on the final day of the season, and he should be ready to play in the final.

Alisson also pulled off some fantastic saves against Barcelona and won the Premier League Golden Glove award.

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The Reds are slight favourites for the title and we have already defeated Spurs twice in the Premier League this season.

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