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Rant of the day: Why Liverpool shouldn’t rotate their side too much ahead of Arsenal and Man City clashes

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Mohamed Salah scores against Newcastle

Liverpool were fantastic as they swept aside Newcastle United at home and extended their Premier League lead to six points.

Manchester City’s shock loss could be huge in the race for the crown but we have a packed schedule with tough games against Arsenal and City. Normally, there would be talk about resting players and changing things, but we should not rotate the side much.

It is true that the likes of Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have started most of our Premier League games but playing our best XI against the top teams gives us a better chance of getting the right result.

No rest until the work is done

Jurgen Klopp claimed there is a lot of work to be done in the second half of the campaign and the German is spot on as we play two difficult sides. We might have a seven-point lead over City and six over Spurs, but continuing our momentum has to be the key.

Arsenal are coming off a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Brighton while City are in a slump, having lost to Crystal Palace and Leicester City. They play against a resurgent Southampton side before facing us at the Etihad and have some problems in their defence.

Fabian Delph is suspended while Benjamin Mendy is injured, so they are thin at left-back. Of course, we have to take it one game at a time and this is particularly why we cannot rest a player unless he is running on fumes. The team is reaching its peak as we saw against Newcastle, where we could have scored more than just four goals.

Mohamed Salah is looking great and the defence looks water-tight, so chopping and changing can take place after the City game. We play an FA Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers after the City clash and that is the perfect time to mix things up.

The FA Cup is a trophy we can win but for now, it should be on the back-burner as we have some huge Premier League games coming up.

Liverpool players celebrate a goal

Liverpool players celebrate a goal

In fact, we can make a number of changes once the City clash is done as our opponents are Wolves (FA Cup) followed by Brighton (away), Crystal Palace (home) and Leicester City (home) in the league.

We could even see the return of Joe Gomez for the clash against Palace or even Leicester City, and that would be a huge boost for us. The Christmas schedule is tough for every team in the Premier League but we have done well so far. There is something special going on at Liverpool, and we need to come out unscathed from the next two games.

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City are wounded beasts and Arsenal are a tricky opposition. But if we play our strongest side, there is no doubt we will remain at the top for a while.

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Liverpool star’s £4.5m-per-year demand could be a problem as two Serie A clubs are interested

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Dejan Lovren’s salary is a problem for Serie A clubs

CalcioNapoli24 (h/t Daily Star) claims that Napoli are interested in the services of Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren. The report claims that AC Milan and Napoli are offering Lovren the chance of regular football.

The Croatian fell down the pecking order at Liverpool last season, with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip preferred to partner Virgil van Dijk.

The 29-year-old Lovren started 11 Premier League games and did a decent job throughout the campaign, however, the lack of games has left Lovren considering his future, according to the report.

Napoli can offer Champions League football for the centre-back while AC Milan will participate in the Europa League next season.

The problem for both clubs lies in Lovren’s wage demands. The report claims that the Croatian wants £4.5m-per-year in wages and has two years left on his Liverpool contract.

Milan News (h/t Daily Star) adds that Lovren’s representatives were in Milan to discuss a possible move to the San Siro. The report claims that Lovren is interested in playing for the Milan giants and a deal worth £25m is being discussed.

Klopp would have to enter the market to replace Lovren

Lovren has been a quality member of the side and has always given it his all. Should he decide to leave for regular football, we have to sign a replacement. Liverpool had some defensive headaches, with fractures for Matip and Gomez last season, while Lovren also suffered a few injuries.

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The Reds cannot go into the season with only three senior centre-backs, and it will be interesting to see what actions are taken regarding Lovren in the summer.

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Dutch giants set £30m price-tag for 26-year-old sensation amidst Liverpool interest

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Ajax want £30m for Hakim Ziyech amidst Liverpool interest

De Telegraaf (h/t Mirror) claims that Eredivisie champions Ajax want just over £30m for star attacker Hakim Ziyech.

The Moroccan international was one of their best performers in an incredible campaign as they reached the Champions League semi-final.

Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech

The report adds that there could be a battle for the Moroccan as Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with the attacker earlier.

Serie A side AS Roma have already bid for the 26-year-old while there is interest in Ziyech from Germany and Spain (h/t Mirror).

Marc Overmars, Ajax’s director of football, added that Ziyech would leave in the summer, but the report claims that the Moroccan isn’t keen on any of the bids that the Dutch giants have received.

The 26-year-old scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists for Ajax last season. Ziyech can play in several positions but his best performances came when he was deployed as a winger.

Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech

Liverpool could do with a versatile attacker

Ajax’s asking price isn’t too high given the performances of Ziyech last season, and he would make an excellent signing for the Reds. The Moroccan can provide cover for several positions and can take up the role of an attacking midfielder under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool have a great team at the moment and a few quality additions could improve us further.

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Ziyech would not be a starter for the Reds, but he could be a game-changer off the bench in some of the tighter clashes.

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“Enjoy your break”, “We love you”: Several Liverpool fans shower praises on star man after a touchy end of season message

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Latest Liverpool news: Virgil van Dijk posts incredible message as he plans for next season

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk capped off a brilliant season by winning the Champions League. The Dutch superstar did suffer heartbreak in the competition last season as we were beaten by Real Madrid.

The Reds were excellent in the Premier League too but missed out on the title by one point. Van Dijk was in the middle of all good things for the Reds as he helped us to the best defensive record in the league.

The 27-year-old also led the Netherlands to the Nations League final but lost to Portugal. Van Dijk posted an emotional message regarding the season where he claimed that winning the Champions League was a dream.

The Liverpool centre-back added that he is looking forward to more success with club and country, and thanked the fans for their support.

Van Dijk turns Liverpool around

The Dutch defender has been one of the best signings we have made in the Premier League era. His presence at the back has transformed our defence and the defender barely seems ruffled when the opposition attack.

Liverpool did not have a great defence during the first two years of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure but Van Dijk has made us incredibly difficult to break down.

The Dutchman doesn’t make mistakes at the back too, and he should be set for several great years at Anfield. As the defender goes away on a break, many Liverpool fans shared their love for the 27-year-old on Twitter.

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