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Fan Opinion: Virgil van Dijk is right in suggesting that the core of Liverpool stars are yet to reach their potential

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Liverpool opinion: Liverpool stars are yet to hit their peak and that is great news

It has been a crazy couple of days in the Champions League, especially for Liverpool.

Not many handed the Reds a chance of defeating Barcelona after the first leg of the semi-final ended 3-0 but here we are, ready for another Champions League final.

The Reds were hungrier, determined and willing to do that little extra on the night, and it paid dividends as Divock Origi’s opener set the tone for the win.

Nearly every player played out a perfect game for the Reds and now we face Tottenham in the final on 1 June.

Our rivals also had a great comeback against Ajax, and it is going to be an incredible tie at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Miracles have been plentiful in Liverpool’s campaign this season and we need one more to take place on Sunday.

Brighton host Manchester City and need to avoid defeat against the Cityzens to give us a chance of lifting the title.

The Reds have to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Sunday, and Virgil van Dijk believes anything can take place for the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“We’ll see what’s going to happen in Brighton. If it happens, it happens, we have no influence on that. Anything is still possible.”

The Dutch defender was excellent against Lionel Messi and co. and lauded the team’s performance this season.

Van Dijk wasn’t worried about missing out on the title and claimed the group of players will only get better in the coming years:

“We have a great age group. Between 20 and 27, 28, so hopefully we can do it altogether for the next couple of years at least and grow as a team and hopefully get a lot of success.”

Reds on the right track

Jurgen Klopp has been an incredible signing for us after the tenure of Brendan Rodgers. The German has transformed the club, and this season proves we can give any team a run for their money.

City are just one point ahead of us in the table, and we have more than a chance of winning the Champions League as we should be favourites for that trophy.

That seemed like an impossible scenario when the German took over.

We were never close to the top four, barring that one miraculous season by Rodgers. Now, we have qualified for the Champion League for a third successive time.

The team that Klopp has built has been nothing short of special. Smart signings and sales have made this squad possibly the best we have ever had in Premier League history and the great thing (and scary for the opposition) is that most of our players are yet to hit their potential.

Young and hungry for success

The Champions League defeat last season was hard to take. We gave Real Madrid more than a fight, even without Mohamed Salah, but a couple of mistakes handed the crown to the Spanish giants.

The Reds have been mentality monsters this season, despite Manchester City doing their bit. It has been incredible to see a team so young push City to the absolute limit.

Liverpool have lost just one Premier League game this season, and have been fantastic in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

Looking through the team, only Daniel Sturridge, Simon Mignolet, Adam Lallana, James Milner and Dejan Lovren are above the age of 29.

James Milner Liverpool

From those players, only Milner and Lovren have featured regularly this season. The rest of the side is below the age of 28, and have at least 3 years left at the top of the game.

Drilling down further, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are 27 or younger. The reinvigorated Divock Origi is 24 and Rhian Brewster is 19.

Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum are 28, while Fabinho, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are 25 or younger.

Our defence is littered with young talent too with Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold being below 21.

Virgil van Dijk is 27, and has several years at the top, while Alisson is just 26.

Liverpool can only improve in the coming years if the crop of players remain and we make small additions to the side.

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The Reds can create history by 1 June with the Premier League and Champions League beckoning, but even if neither trophy comes home, we are in a great position to battle for top honours for a few years.

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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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