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Virgil van Dijk might be the most expensive signing in our club’s history but his performances have not all been too convincing as the Dutchman still needs time to adapt to our playing style. The 26-year-old did make a £75m move in the winter transfer window after his summer move was blocked at the start of the season due to a bit of a mess created by our transfer team.

Van Dijk did start his career well with a winning goal against Everton in the FA Cup but he hasn’t played in all our games. Didi Hamann commented on Van Dijk and believes that we need to add more players to our the team.

The former Red when he was speaking to Omnisport (h/t Liverpool Echo) and said:

“[The defence has] been an issue for a long time. I think Van Dijk will improve them, I think he brings pace and a physical presence to the team but I think they lack a holding midfielder.”

Hamann would know about playing in the midfield, as a change in the 2005 Champions League final changed our fortunes and helped us win the title by beating Milan.

The German also added that Van Dijk would improve, when given time, and that this player is a requirement if we are to win any titles.

“I think they’ve lacked that holding midfielder for a while now so unless they bring in someone who really protects the back four.

“I think Van Dijk will improve them but not as much as I think they need to be improved to really challenge for titles on a consistent basis.”

Van Dijk did struggle in our two games against West Bromwich Albion and Swansea, which were two losses against lower placed opposition. He also conceded a penalty earlier in the day against Tottenham, although it is debatable.

Truth be told, the Dutchman needs more time in the team if he is to get better. He did spend a lot of time away from training when he was suspended by the Saints at the start of the season.

Hamann does make sense as we need a quality holding midfielder, something that Klopp would know too. We are going to get Naby Keita next season but he too is not someone who stays in the middle of the park and is more accustomed to making big runs into the box.

Emre Can is a player that Keita would be looking to replace and hopefully, the dynamic of our midfield will change next season to give us more impetus in the attack and in our defence too as we look to win a trophy or two.

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“The pressure is on the teams behind” – Former Liverpool star claims Man City have to deal with more pressure in title race

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Former Liverpool star Luis Garcia believes Manchester City are the ones who are under pressure as the race for the Premier League title heats up.

The Cityzens are four points behind Liverpool at the moment, and the Reds have been relentless having dropped just nine points so far this season.

Garcia was speaking while promoting a charity match against AC Milan in March and claimed the Reds would have taken this situation at the start of the season (h/t Belfast Telegraph).

The Spaniard won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool and further claimed that we would have a chance of winning the league if we remain close to the top with five games remaining.

Garcia believed teams chasing are always the ones facing the pressure (h/t Belfast Telegraph):

“The pressure is on the teams behind them because when you are up front it is important you continue winning the next game and you don’t think about it.

“They (chasing teams) have to think about what it will be like if they fail and that is a lot of pressure.”

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Sadio Mane in action against Manchester City

Manchester City play ahead of the Reds in the next two Premier League match days, and it will be interesting to see if they can put the pressure on us.

City have cracked a couple of times this season with surprising losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea, but have looked in great touch since defeating us at the Etihad.

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The Reds have squeezed past Brighton and Crystal Palace in their last two games and now have a mini-break ahead of their clash against Leicester City while City play in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

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“Show me a club with more heart” – Some Liverpool fans shower love on Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish for meeting 104-year-old fan

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There was one special fan who got the chance to meet Jurgen Klopp and Sir Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, 104-year-old Bernard Sheridan.

The fan was specially invited to the game by Klopp, and it was incredible seeing the supporter meet the legend Dalglish and our current manager.

The fan seemed excited to meet Klopp and also shared a joke or two with Dalglish, and he certainly would have enjoyed the game, even though we made tough work of Palace.

The supporter was just a few days away from his birthday and it was a great present, to be fair.

The Reds have been on overdrive regarding their meetings with fans in recent weeks, and acts such as these bring the supporters closer to the club.

Klopp and the rest of the team have created an incredible atmosphere at Anfield, and the fans seem to be doing their bit as well.

The win over Palace ensured we have a four point lead over Manchester City going into a mini-break, and we need to keep picking up the points.

The Reds haven’t won the Premier League ever, and with the backing of fans such as Sheridan, there is a chance of us breaking the duck.

Several Liverpool fans were pleased with this latest touch and shared their reactions on Twitter.

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Premier League leaders Liverpool could become the first football to post an annual net profit of more than €100million, according to Inside World Football (h/t Mirror).

The Reds had a fantastic campaign last season reaching the Champions League final. The report claims that the Reds banked €81.3million as they finished the competition as runners-ups, and since they did not take part in the Champions League in 2016-17, this is seen as a top-line growth.

There were some major signings at the club with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Virgil van Dijk signing, but their costs will most likely be spread over their contract lengths, as per the report. Liverpool also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January for around €130million.

The report adds that the Reds recorded a turnover of €364million in 2016-17 but that should jump up to more than €450million when the accounts are published by Companies House in March.

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Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

The Mirror adds that Inside World Football’s calculations came after a UEFA statement claimed that Leicester City had held the previous record thanks to their Champions League exploits after winning the Premier League.

Liverpool also have had several sponsorship deals over the years since FSG took over, and this latest news shows how healthy the club is financially.

We have also spent money wisely with most of our transfers working out, and this season is a testament to how far we have come under Jurgen Klopp.

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The Reds lead the Premier League and are still competing in the Champions League. Hopefully, we make the season count and win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

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