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Former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano dedicated Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League final victory over Manchester United to the Liverpool fans.

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By Tariq Saleh

Former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano dedicated Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League final victory over Manchester United to the Liverpool fans.

The Argentinean midfielder, who left anfield in acrimonious circumstances in the summer to join Barcelona, apologised to all Liverpool fans for the way he left, in an interview after the game with Sky Sports.

He said: ”I know there are many Liverpool fans who are still angry about my exit, but I would like to say this is for them.”

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Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race

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Yaya Toure

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is scared of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League.

The Ivorian won the Premier League with City a few years ago and was speaking on Sky Sports where he claimed that the Reds were doing well and were “very strong” (h/t Daily Star).

The midfielder lauded our efforts at reaching the Champions League final last season and claimed we were growing together.

Winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons is extremely tough, something that Toure touched upon. The former Barcelona midfielder spoke about Manchester City keeping hold of their title this season before adding that he was scared of the Reds:

“This year I know everybody was asking the question of what City are going to do this year.

“And I think we have to see what’s going to happen.

“To be honest, Liverpool are in good, good shape at the moment and I’m very scared of them.

“Liverpool are looking very, very scary this year.”

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah scores against Brighton

The Reds are four points clear at the top of the table after the latest round of fixtures. Liverpool needed to return to winning ways after losses against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were professional against Brighton at the weekend with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal of the game.

Read more: “It’s good for us”: Jurgen Klopp believes January break between games will help Liverpool do better

The Reds have some relatively easy fixtures coming up to keep hold of their lead in the Premier League, and hopefully, we can celebrate a first Premier League title this season.

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33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible

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Mohamed Salah (L) and Virgil van Dijk celebrate for Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk played his 50th game for Liverpool against Brighton, and the Reds picked up all three points thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner.

The Reds also kept a clean sheet, something that the defender would cherish and the Liverpool website shared some interesting facts from the Dutchman’s 50 games under Jurgen Klopp.

Fortress Anfield

Liverpool established their second longest run without conceding a league goal at Anfield in 2018. The Reds did not concede for 918 minutes as Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff in October to break a streak that started in Feb.

The Dutchman was the only defender to have played in all games that lasted the run.

24 clean sheets

This has got to be the best record of them all with almost half of the games Van Dijk played in yielding a clean sheet.

This season has been better with 13 clean sheets from 22 Premier League games as the Reds have tightened up the back thanks to the signing of Alisson.

Dominating the opposition

Van Dijk has an incredible success percentage when it comes to duels, with the defender winning 71.69% of the 445 contested duels.

The defender also leads the team in clearances (272), blocks (21) and interceptions (59).

Incredible passing numbers

Van Dijk has attempted more passes (3,643) than any other Liverpool player and has an accuracy of 88.64%.

33 wins

The Reds have been supreme this season with Van Dijk leading from the back, and we have lost just one game in the Premier League too.

Liverpool have won 33 of the games that Van Dijk has played in with seven draws and 10 defeats so far.

Read more: Liverpool enter race to sign 21-year-old Dutch powerhouse from Club Brugge

The Dutchman has been one of our best signings under Klopp and is well on his way to becoming a legend at the club if he keeps playing this way.

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Liverpool dealt major injury blow as star full-back ruled out for a month

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Joe Gomez (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate

Liverpool have been dealt another injury blow with Trent Alexander-Arnold facing a month out with a knee problem, according to the Guardian.

The English youngster picked up a slight knock in the warm-up against Brighton but played the entire game. However, the report adds that the right-back has some ligament damage and is set to be out for four weeks.

This is the latest injury we have had in our defence with Joe Gomez recovering from an injury and Joel Matip only making it to the bench against Brighton.

Dejan Lovren also picked up a hamstring injury in our FA Cup loss to Wolves, and we had to slot Fabinho as a central defender for the win against Brighton.

Dejan Lovren Liverpool

Dejan Lovren celebrates for Liverpool

The Reds have some options that can be played as the right-back with James Milner a possibility to face Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Fabinho can also do a job as the right-back while we have youngsters such as Rafa Camacho and Ki-Jana Hoever have played in the defence against Wolves recently.

Nathaniel Clyne would have been the right choice to take over from Alexander-Arnold, but the former Saint has been loaned out to Bournemouth.

Read more: “It’s good for us”: Jurgen Klopp believes January break between games will help Liverpool do better

The one silver lining is that Liverpool face some relatively easy games in the coming months, and it will be interesting to see if the youngster will be fit for the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich on 19 Feb.

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