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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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Klopp wants to keep experienced star at Liverpool despite interest from European giants

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose Dejan Lovren in the summer

Calciomercato claims that AC Milan will find it difficult to sign Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender recently returned to the Reds for pre-season training, and report claims that the Reds value Lovren at €25million.

The 30-year-old was not a regular starter for us last season due to injuries and the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

However, the Croatian is one of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League, and the report adds that Jurgen Klopp admires Lovren’s leadership at the back.

The report claims that this is one reason why Klopp wants to keep Lovren in the team for as long as possible.

Liverpool won’t let Lovren go on the cheap

The report adds that Liverpool are looking to get the complete €25m for Lovren and are not willing to reduce his price.

Milan would have to match the valuation for Liverpool to even consider selling the Croatian (h/t Calciomercato).

The Reds have signed Sepp van den Berg, a young centre-back, in the summer, however, Klopp’s thought process regarding Lovren makes a lot of sense.

The Croatian hasn’t made any noises of wanting to leave and did a decent job in most of his games last season.

Signing a senior defender for the upcoming season would not be easy, and the Croatian has a great relationship with most of the Liverpool players, such as Mohamed Salah.

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Lovren’s experience is certainly great for a young Liverpool team, and it will be interesting to see what our actions are in the summer window.

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“I would say yes”: Klopp opens up on where Liverpool star’s future lies

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp claims Mignolet’s future is with Reds

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Simon Mignolet would be staying despite the keeper being unsure about his playing time at the club (h/t Daily Mail).

Alisson was signed last summer, and the Brazilian has been excellent with the Reds.

The keeper won the Golden Glove in the Champions League and the Premier League, and won the Copa America this summer.

Simon Mignolet in action

Alisson was also the Man of the Match in our 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final.

However, Klopp was certain that Mignolet would stay, and praised his professionalism last season (h/t Daily Mail):

“Yes, (it’s) how I’ve heard.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months – not weeks. Before we left (for the summer break) we had talk. I would say yes (he stays).”

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

Klopp added that the Reds need quality players in all positions, and that was the situation with our goalkeepers:

“At a club like Liverpool you need two number ones in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon.

“It’s a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

Mignolet needs more games at Liverpool

The Belgian only played two games for the first-team last season, with those appearances coming in the domestic cups.

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Mignolet needs to play regularly as he is in the prime of his goalkeeping career, and the Reds should offer him the same next season.

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The Reds are in additional competitions this season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with the Belgian.

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Liverpool turn to veteran keeper to solve current injury crisis

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds move for Andy Lonergan to solve keeper issue

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds have moved for former Preston North End goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to solve their problems between the sticks.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp has brought in the 35-year-old keeper who last played for Middlesbrough.

Lonergan is set to travel to the US for our tour of North America, according to the report, as Simon Mignolet is the only fit senior keeper Liverpool have.

Andy Lonergan

Alisson is away on a break after winning the Copa America while the Reds have seen two young keepers pick up injuries.

Caoimhin Kelleher is out with a wrist injury, Vitezslav Jaros injured his ankle ligaments while Kamil Grabara is yet to report for duty after his U21 Euro exploits with Poland.

Mignolet had to play almost the entirety of our pre-season friendly against Bradford with Dan Atherton being given a few minutes last night.

Lonergan not signing a deal with Liverpool

The report adds that the 35-year-old keeper will not sign a contract with Liverpool, and is unlikely to play in the US games.

Simon Mignolet in action

Liverpool play Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon in this part of the pre-season tour.

Lonergan is a well-travelled keeper, with stints at Rochdale, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Wolves.

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Liverpool have won both of their pre-season games so far, and their first clash of the season is against Norwich on 9th August.

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