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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.

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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French journalist claims this World Cup winner could consider Liverpool move

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French journalist says Kylian Mbappe will consider Liverpool move

Kylian Mbappe has already established himself as one of the best players in the world. Having won the World Cup with France, the youngster has carved out a reputation for himself.

According to ESPN (h/t Liverpool Echo), French journalist Julian Laurens has stated that the player views Liverpool as an attractive proposition. The stumbling block, however, is the fee which is expected to be around €300million to €350million – including bonuses.

Mbappe has been quite vocal in his admiration for Liverpool and recently praised the Reds for their mentality. (h/t Express)

An exciting prospect at Monaco, Mbappe has set the league alight since his move to PSG. He won the French Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 and led the national team to the World Cup in 2018.

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is one of the best players in the world (Image credit: Getty)

In 2018, he was accorded the ‘Legion of Honour’ – France’s highest order of merit for his role in the national team’s World Cup victory. (h/t Daily Mail)

An expensive gamble

Liverpool are currently the European and World Champions. However, it is unlikely for us to pay anything close to the amount quoted. The same was stated by Jurgen Klopp in an earlier interview. (h/t The Times)

Apart from the transfer fee, Liverpool will also have to restructure their wage structure to accommodate the Frenchman. It would open a Pandora’s box that might disrupt the squad’s harmony. Laurens also went on to say that Real Madrid remain Mbappe’s dream move.

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There is no doubt that Mbappe is one of the world’s best. The Reds, however, must emphasize on buying for the system rather than tweaking a system to fit a player. Liverpool are already in possession of a team with its best years ahead. It will be interesting to see if Mbappe joins that unit.

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Liverpool interested in signing French teenager available for €100m

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Liverpool tracking Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga

French teenager Eduardo Camavinga is enjoying an impressive season for Rennes in the Ligue 1.

The 17-year-old is having a breakout season and has made 28 appearances in all competitions for the Roazhon Park outfit, chipping in with a goal and an assist. (h/t Whoscored)

According to Calciomercato (h/t Liverpool Echo), Liverpool are interested in securing the signature of the youngster.

Camavinga has been at the club since the age of 11 and is the youngest player to win the French Ligue 1 Player of the Month award. (h/t Metro)

Eduardo Camavinga
Eduardo Camavinga celebrates for Rennes (Image credit: AFP)

The impressive youngster has also drawn interest from Manchester United, AC Milan, and Barcelona. According to the report (h/t Liverpool Echo), German giants Borussia Dortmund look to have gained the upper hand in securing the player and are now favourites.

One for the future?

Liverpool are currently well-stocked in the midfield and it is hard to imagine Camavinga breaking into the first XI.

James Milner is in the twilight years of his career whereas Henderson and Wijaldum will turn 30 this year. To that end, Camavinga could be potentially groomed to take their spot in the future.

Considered one of the best young players in the world, the 17-year-old has been likened to former Argentine star Fernando Redondo in his prime.

Camavinga is comparable to some of Ligue One’s more accomplished players (Source: Whoscored)

Camavinga is equally adept at playing in central midfield and defensive midfield. Rennes are understood to be holding out for €100million for the youngster.

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At the age of just 17, Camavinga has already made 31 appearances for Rennes and also made his debut for the French Under-21 side.

Liverpool have already been linked with the likes of Kai Havertz and also have Marko Grujic returning from his loan spell in the summer. Whether the Reds bid for Camavinga or not remains to be seen.

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French World Cup winner expresses admiration for relentless Liverpool side

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French superstar Kylian Mbappe amazed by ‘very good’ Liverpool

French superstar Kylian Mbappe has expressed his admiration for Liverpool amidst rumours linking him with a summer move to Anfield. (h/t Express)

The 21-year-old is the best young player on the planet and has expressed his admiration for Liverpool’s title charge this season.

Calling the Reds a ‘machine’, Mbappe has been impressed by Liverpool’s ability to attain a winning rhythm one match after the other.

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Kylian Mbappe was PSG’s top scorer in the previous campaign (Image credit: Getty)

Mbappe was full of praise for the Merseysiders’ focus as they extended their unbeaten run in the league to 39 games.

The Liverpool faithful will be pleased to see the attention they have got from the French striker. Mbappe continues to be linked to Liverpool in spite of Jurgen Klopp labelling the player too expensive. (h/t Times)

Mbappe, however, chose to remain coy on his future and went on to assert his commitment to helping PSG win titles this season.

“At the end of the season, we will see. But now I’m focused on my game.”

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Liverpool are 16 points clear at the top with a game in hand and look set to end the 30-year wait for the league title. The Reds have already crowned themselves World Champions and are on course for a treble. With the Reds going from strength to strength; it is no surprise that we are grabbing the attention of talents such as Mbappe.

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