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Liverpool continue to monitor Frenchman Thomas Lemar’s situation at Monaco after he rejected a new contract offer from the Ligue 1 side. It is understood that Anfield is Lemar’s preferred destination, despite heavy interest from Arsenal earlier in August. According to the Independent, Liverpool are still chasing Lemar, for who a £78m bid was rejected in 2017.

In August last year, Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for the 22-year-old and he was being eyed by Arsene Wenger who was looking to replace an unsettled Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean was supposed to move to Manchester City but since Lemar rejected a move to the Emirates, Alexis continued to represent Arsenal until January, after which he eventually joined Mourinho’s Manchester United.

It is claimed that Lemar’s decision to reject the Gunners is down to his interest in joining Klopp’s Liverpool. Now that he’s rejected Monaco’s offer of a new deal, Liverpool have stepped up their interest in the midfielder.

AS Monaco’s young brigade surprisingly won the Ligue 1 title last season and Thomas Lemar, along with Kylian Mbappe and many others, was in the thick of the things. He contributed 14 goals and 17 assists in 55 games last season and was in remarkable form. However, this season, he has so far scored 3 goals and provided 5 assists in all competitions.

This drastic drop in form is something to worry about and in my opinion, I don’t think Lemar is worth £78m or even £92m (Arsenal’s summer bid for the player). The market is inflated these days and I think we’d be better off trying to sign someone else other than the 22-year-old Frenchman. Although his dip in form is not permanent, I don’t think he’s worth such big money yet.

Liverpool’s interest in Thomas is a welcome sign but if we can sign the player for a lesser sum, then I’d call this deal a success. His form this season should drive his price down in the summer and if he doesn’t make it to the France squad for World Cup, then we have every chance of closing this deal down for a lesser sum.

Now let’s just wait and see how the contract negotiations between Monaco and Lemar move forward.

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Former Liverpool star believes Jurgen Klopp could sell a few players in the summer

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Former Liverpool player John Aldridge believes Jurgen Klopp has done a fantastic job with the squad and extending the contracts of the key players at the club.

The Reds have been in a bit of an overdrive securing the futures of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold recently.

They all penned contract extensions and with more clarity regarding the squad, Aldridge believes Klopp could sell a few players that aren’t in his plans.

The former Red was writing in his column for the Liverpool Echo (h/t Express) highlighting the “clarity” with regards to the squad:

“The new contracts for Liverpool duo Alexander-Arnold and Robertson are fully deserved.

“We have had a lot of deadwood over the years, but now there’s clarity in the squad. There are a number of players on long-term deals, and there are youngsters also coming through.

“Jurgen Klopp might look to move on three or four in the summer.”

Aldridge claimed this was a favourable condition for Liverpool and compared that with Everton who have a lot of deadwood in the side thanks to Marco Silva coming in and replacing Sam Allardyce.

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The former Liverpool star believes Klopp now has to replace the players that aren’t required with better players.

Aldridge is right in saying that the manager has done well in revamping the Liverpool team. Since the German arrived players such as Mario Balotelli, Joe Allen, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Christian Benteke have all left for decent sums.

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We have a side that is in tune with Klopp’s style and should see some quality signings in the summer when squad players such as Alberto Moreno or Daniel Sturridge leave.

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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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