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Fan Opinion: Liverpool under Klopp have proven that big game mentality is here despite lacking firepower



Liverpool opinion: Big-game Liverpool is here to stay under Jurgen Klopp

The scenario was pretty straightforward for Liverpool ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona.

The Reds had to win by four clear goals to qualify for the finals, however, that was never going to be easy against the La Liga champions.

Lionel Messi was on fire, we did not have Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino and there was a psychological blow just 24 hours earlier.

Manchester City beat Leicester City 1-0 thanks to Vincent Kompany thunderbolt and reclaimed top spot in the Premier League.

Leicester were our best bet to hold City or even beat them in this thrilling Premier League race, and it would have made sense for Jurgen Klopp to ensure the Reds finished their Champions League campaign on a high with a respectable performance against Barcelona.

The Catalans even rested their best players at the weekend, while we fought hard to defeat Newcastle at St. James’ Park.

However, an incredible Liverpool came out fighting from the first minute and pulled off an unbelievable 4-0 win over the Catalans.

Hapless Catalans fall to Origi and Wijnaldum

Every player out there on the pitch did their job for the Reds perfectly.

Alisson made some great saves, our centre-backs shut out Luis Suarez and Messi, Trent Alexander-Arnold was relentless down the left, Fabinho was charging Barca’s midfield down, Jordan Henderson was running around like there was no tomorrow.

Sadio Mane did the same and Divock Origi opened the scoring for us in the seventh minute. Liverpool were on Barcelona like a bad rash and even when they had to alter their playing XI, they did not stop.

James Milner slotted into the left-back role as Georginio Wijnaldum replaced the injured Andy Robertson.

The Dutch midfielder scored a brace as the tie turned around before Trent’s quick thinking saw Origi deliver the knockout blow.

It would have been easy for Liverpool to look for a 1-0 or 2-0 win against a well-rested Barcelona team and leave with their heads held high.

However, they destroyed Barcelona, even without two of the best players in the world, and it just goes to show what Jurgen Klopp has turned us into.

Big games are supposed to be a difficult test for any club, but this Liverpool team thrives under the pressure, even if the opposition might have a better side on paper.

The Reds have barely put a foot wrong all throughout the season and have only grown better since the first day of the campaign.

Last night was a reminder of the “full-throttle” football we had shown last season, except this season we brought that down by a couple of gears.

There still was method to the madness and Barcelona did not know what hit them. Liverpool could have scored a few more and this win should give us the confidence of ending the season on a high.

The players ran themselves to the ground but that is what a Klopp team is supposed to do.

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This season has been miraculous and who is to say another won’t take place as we fight Manchester City for the Premier League title on Sunday.

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



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 cool interest in £43m South American star as PL rivals make their move



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



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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