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Analysing Liverpool’s next five fixtures – including Southampton and Champions League clash

Sunday’s Premier League encounter between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur ended in a wild 2-2 draw at Anfield. After the blow of the final whistle, it was contentment for Mauricio Pochettino but despair for Jurgen Klopp, who expressed his frustration over the late penalty handed to the visitors.

The Liverpool manager appeared to make his feelings clear to referee Jon Moss, immediately after the final whistle and was left aggrieved. However, there was nothing he could do other than just speak.

The Reds could do a hell lot in the upcoming games, with Champions League football returning this month. Klopp’s men are having a great season, limited by the points they have dropped to teams in the bottom half of the table.

Let us analyse our next five fixtures across all competitions.

Southampton v Liverpool

Southampton have been terrible this season and are currently embroiled in the battle against relegation. Mauricio Pellegrino was expected to make the team stronger defensively as well as offensively but the Argentine has struggled to impose his tactics. His team has been poor, especially at home, and that would help Liverpool’s cause, who travel to St.Mary’s on Sunday.

When the Saints came to Anfield, Liverpool battered them by scoring three goals. Given the form that we are in and with Mohamed Salah turning tables upside down week in week out, expect us to get the job done handsomely at Southampton.

FC Porto v Liverpool

Enter the Champions League round of 16! We first travel to Porto on February 15 before hosting them on March 7.

Speaking about Porto, they are unbeaten in the league this season and are at the top of the table with 52 points. The Portuguese giants have steamrolled teams at times with ease, and have performed exceedingly well under manager Sergio Conceicao.

Liverpool indeed have an uphill task at their hands in the Champions League. If we can nick an away goal, which would be very tough, we can hope to get the job done at home.

An exciting battle awaits!

Liverpool v West Ham

West Ham looks like a re-invigorated side under David Moyes, who has saved the sinking ship since taking over from Slaven Bilic on November 7, 2017. It took a bit of time for Moyes to impose his philosophy on the team but when the group understood it, they started playing better and effective football.

But I don’t expect the Hammers to come to Anfield and play the same brand of football. Yes, they stopped Manchester City to a certain extent before losing to them; but I don’t see them getting a positive result at Anfield.

Liverpool, who get a break after the Porto clash, host West Ham on February 24. Hoping for something similar to the result we achieved at the London stadium.

Liverpool v Newcastle

Rafa Benitez returns to Anfield on March 3. Newcastle, just like Southampton, are one of the many teams stuck in a fight to stay up in the Premier League. Although I expect Rafa to save the Magpies from relegation, he won’t have much joy when he returns to Anfield next month.

I see Liverpool attackers running riot against Newcastle if the visitors allow space to our players.

Liverpool v Porto

Ideally, I view the Newcastle game as a chance to flex our muscles before hosting Porto on March 7.

From the minute 1, we have to take the game to the Portuguese club, irrespective of the first-leg result. We cannot be complacent at home, even for a minute, and given this is a Champions League tie, I expect the decibel levels to be at its peak.

It is tough to predict an outcome but I stress again; if we succeed in taking a valuable away goal and not concede in Portugal, there is every chance to be optimistic for the return leg.

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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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Jurgen Klopp in training

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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Liverpool set to break world-record annual net profit for football clubs



Liverpool celebrate win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool players celebrate a win

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.

Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

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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“I see him staying with us for the next two or three years” – Blow for Klopp as Bundesliga boss claims Liverpool target isn’t moving soon



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Timo Werner of RB Leipzig

Liverpool face a tough task of signing Timo Werner from RB Leipzig after Ralf Rangnick’s later comments.

The German striker has been one of the brightest stars for the Bundesliga side and even represented the national team at the 2018 World Cup.

Werner is just 22, and the Mirror reports that the Reds have been linked with a move for the Bundesliga ace.

Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the versatile forward, as per the report, but Rangnick believes Leipzig could keep Werner.

Speaking to Sky Germany (h/t Mirror), Rangnick also conceded that battling Munich’s interest will be difficult:

“If Bayern are serious, then it will be difficult for us. But they often play with one striker, so I see him staying with us for the next two or three years.”

The report adds that the Leipzig boss also claimed Werner would not be leaving to a rival club in the January window.

The forward has scored 11 times from 18 Bundesliga games this season and can play as the central striker or wide left.

The 22-year-old would make an excellent addition to the Liverpool team, and he would provide cover to our front three.

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Rangnick’s comments are expected as no club would want to lose their top player, especially to a rival club, and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the summer regarding the striker.

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