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Alisson flops, Van Dijk gets unlucky: 5 talking points from Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal

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Liverpool and Arsenal played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Emirates. James Milner opened the scoring in the second half but the Reds could not hold out for the win as Alexandre Lacazette swivelled to score past Alisson.

The draw kept us at the top of the table until Chelsea and Manchester City played their games on Sunday.

Arsenal were full value for their point and could have gotten more, but we had a number of quality chances that fell to the wrong man.

The Reds will prepare for an important Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday and before that, here are the five talking points from the Emirates.

1) Alisson’s worst game for the Reds

Alisson joined Liverpool for a then world record fee and has been a quality signing. However, this was his worst performance for the Reds.

The Brazilian was caught out a number of times and was lucky not to concede when he missed the ball and a header went wide.

The keeper did not look confident during a few crosses too, and was partly responsible for the goal we conceded.

Our defence was ripped a number of times by the Gunners, and Alisson did just about enough to keep them at bay. We can give him a pass as this wasn’t his best game, but cannot have too many repeat performances like this.

2) James Milner keeps on going

Milner seems to be the man for the moment at Liverpool. The Englishman was at the right place, at the right time, as he calmly slotted the ball past Bernd Leno to give us the lead.

The Englishman is a fighter, something we need in our midfield, and this was his 50th Premier League goal.

James Milner scores for Liverpool

He did suffer a nasty injury late on, and after receiving lengthy treatment, he marched on like a soldier. Jordan Henderson might have been missed in this game, but there really was no one better than Milner to lead us wearing that armband.

3) Trent Alexander-Arnold needs to learn

Jurgen Klopp decided to play with Joe Gomez as the right-back in our draw against Manchester City, and although the Englishman wasn’t great in attack, he cut out the threat from City’s right side.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was played on Saturday, and Arsenal did a number on the youngster.

Virgil van Dijk & Joe Gomez

Time and again, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran past the English youngster, and it was a miracle he didn’t score against us.

The English youngster needs to get better after his stellar season last time around, and unless he gets better, we will see more of Gomez in the right side of the back four.

4) What happened to the midfield domination?

Playing with a trio of Fabinho, Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum should have helped us dominate the Arsenal midfield.

However, the Gunners were the ones calling the shots in midfield and having a real go at our defence. Fabinho didn’t look all that comfortable playing against the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil.

Milner was his usual self in midfield while Wijnaldum was missing throughout the game.

Klopp made a formation change in the second half which helped us cut out the Arsenal threat, but the Gunners were better in the battle of the midfields.

5) Unlucky Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk must be thinking what he must do to score a Premier League goal for Liverpool. The Dutch defender scored on his debut against Everton in the FA Cup last season and had three quality chances to get the ball into the net.

Bernd Leno brilliantly saved twice and the Dutch defender hit the post once. We can only imagine what could have been had one of our strikers gotten the chances that Van Dijk had.

Read more: James Milner laments Liverpool’s lack of ruthlessness after 1-1 Arsenal draw

Hopefully, the Dutch defender can score soon and break his Premier League duck for the Reds.

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World-class Liverpool target set to move away from La Liga club in the summer

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: James Rodriguez could be on his way to the Premier League

Sky Sports Germany (h/t Mirror) reports that James Rodriguez will not extend his stay with Bayern Munich and wants a new club in the summer.

The 27-year-old joined the Bavarians on a two-year loan deal in 2017 from Real Madrid, and the report claims that the Colombian has struggled to settle at the Bundesliga club.

Rodriguez has put up some great performances for the Bavarians this season and scored 7 goals in the Bundesliga.

Bayern had the choice of signing the Colombian permanently for £37million, but the report claims that Rodriguez isn’t interested in staying at the club.

The report adds that the 27-year-old will meet with agent Jorge Mendes and discuss his future move, and he isn’t interested in staying at Real Madrid too. Zinedine Zidane is back at the club, and he doesn’t see Rodriguez in his plans, according to the report.

Liverpool interested in Rodriguez

The report claims that Liverpool are interested in the Colombian but so are a couple of other Premier League sides.

Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the 27-year-old, and the report claims that Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in Rodriguez.

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James Rodriguez

Liverpool already have a fantastic first-team under Jurgen Klopp but could do with another attacking midfielder in the side.

Rodriguez’s time at Bayern has been average, to say the least, and there is no surety if he will fit into the scheme of things at Anfield.

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The Reds play a high-energy game under Klopp and it will be interesting to see who we sign once the season is complete.

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Boost for the Reds as Klopp provides positive news over two Liverpool stars returning to fitness

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Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp provides a positive update on two Liverpool players

Jurgen Klopp provided some positive news regarding Roberto Firmino’s return to the first-team.

The Brazilian missed our last three games and is working to regain fitness ahead of the Champions League final against Tottenham.

The forward is at our training camp at Marbella, and Klopp claimed that the Brazilian still needs to be looked after (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):

“Bobby looks really good [and] he is now part of training. It was not too long out, but of course we are still careful and want to make sure nothing happens.”

The manager added that Firmino had played in some of the smaller games with the rest of the players and it was “the first step to play football.”

“Today he was in around about 70 per cent of the session. Tomorrow he will probably be in completely, we will see, then hopefully it will be fine.”

More good news for Liverpool

Firmino returning to fitness for the final would be a huge boost to our attack.

The Brazilian has a great relationship with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and the trio could cause Tottenham all sorts of problems.

Klopp also spoke about another injured player as Naby Keita is making a return from an abductor injury sustained against Barcelona at the Nou Camp:

“Naby is, I would say, a bit ahead of schedule, but that doesn’t mean anything for the final.”

The German added that the player is running and doing some work, and spoke about Keita possibly playing in the Africa Cup of Nations in the summer.

“For me, it would be good if Naby would be 100 per cent fit and could play the Africa Cup of Nations, to be 100 per cent honest.”

However, Klopp confirmed that Keita would not be playing in the tournament if he wasn’t completely fit, and claimed that the medical staff would work to get the Guinea midfielder back to his best.

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Liverpool have just over a week before the final and hopefully, we have Firmino ready to go against Spurs at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Promising Liverpool starlet to sign new deal and join Scottish giants on loan

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Sheyi Ojo close to joining Steven Gerrard at Rangers

The Daily Star reports that 21-year-old winger Sheyi Ojo will sign a new five-year deal with Liverpool and then be on the move.

The English youngster was on loan at Reims last season but only made three starts for the Ligue 1 side. Ojo did play 18 games in all competitions for the French side, but most of them came off the bench.

The report claims that Ojo will be joining Rangers after signing a new deal with the Reds. Gers manager Steven Gerrard used his connections to sign a couple of players from Liverpool last season.

Ryan Kent was a success at the club, and the report claims that Gerrard is looking to keep the Englishman for another season.

However, Kent is expected to move to another club, and the report claims that Ojo would be his replacement for the Scottish giants.

Ojo needs to play regular football

The report claims that Ojo is highly rated at Anfield, and it should not come as a surprise if he is loaned out for another season.

The English winger will find it difficult to get regular minutes under Jurgen Klopp next season. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane could do with some competition, however, Ojo hasn’t proven his ability in a top league yet.

It will be interesting to track his development next season and see if he performs better than Kent at Rangers.

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The Reds are blessed with young attacking talent at the moment, with Harry Wilson also shining at Derby County this season.

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