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

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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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