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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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Bad news for Liverpool? Gary Neville claims Man City will have this advantage over the Reds during next two Premier League match days

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Manchester City have an advantage over Liverpool in the next two rounds of the Premier League.

The Reds played before City in the last weekend and piled on the pressure after defeating Crystal Palace. City made light work of Huddersfield and will play before the Reds after the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.

Neville was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Express) and claimed playing first was preferable:

“[It makes] a big difference.

“It’s preferable.”

The Sky Sports pundit further claimed that during his playing days at United, the team felt playing first was an advantage. Getting the points first before their rivals was always preferred, according to Neville, and he believed City will put the pressure on Liverpool.

“Either go further in front or close the gap. There’s no doubt it’s a different type of pressure.

“City will absolutely want to be closing that gap to one point, and asking Liverpool have they got it in them to stand the pressure of playing the day after or two days after.”

Liverpool celebrate win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool players celebrate a win

City play Newcastle away a day before we host Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men then host Arsenal a day prior to us travelling to West Ham United.

The Premier League champions can cut the lead to just one point before we face Leicester, and it will be important for us to respond in the perfect manner, irrespective of City’s result.

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Liverpool haven’t dropped many points this season, and if we win these two Premier League games, the pressure will be back on our rivals as the race for the title heats up.

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“This makes me very happy”, “Extremely happy for him” – Some Liverpool fans excited as star Englishman returns to training in Dubai

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Liverpool are off to the sunny shores of Dubai for a much-needed warm weather break. The Reds lead the Premier League but came off two tough wins in recent weeks.

The last one saw us just about defeat Crystal Palace at Anfield and a few players are doubtful for the clash against Leicester City.

Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are facing fitness issues, however, there was some good news for the Liverpool fans as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught training in Dubai.

The Englishman picked up an ACL injury in our Champions League tie against AS Roma last season and has not played for the side since.

The Reds have missed his driving runs and goals this season. Who knows what the team could have done if Liverpool had Oxlade-Chamberlain playing from the first game in this campaign!

It would be fantastic if we can have the Ox back for some games during the later stage of the season as we look to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds hold a four-point lead over Manchester City and have some tough games remaining this season.

Several fans were excited over Ox’s training and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.

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“He sometimes sends me messages” – Virgil van Dijk cannot believe this Liverpool legend texts him prior to games

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Virgil van Dijk in training

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has revealed that club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish messages the Dutchman before games.

Van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world and has helped the Reds to the top of the Premier League.

The Dutchman joined the Reds from Southampton last year and told Liverpoolfc.com about spoke about the King being open with Van Dijk:

“Kenny Dalglish gave me his mobile number in the very beginning and told me to ring him at any time.

“It is unbelievable when he sometimes sends me messages before games. That is what Liverpool is about.”

The defender added that on match-days he gets to meet many legends and learn more about the club’s history.

The Dutch defender has possibly been the best player for the Reds this season, and could reach legendary status, just like Kenny if he keeps doing the job at the back.

It isn’t just Van Dijk who has been great, the rest of the Liverpool back-four has been fantastic in most games. The Dutchman is an incredible presence at the back, and he seems to make players better if they play alongside him.

The Reds have one of the best defences in Europe, and should we keep things tight at the back, there is a chance of winning silverware under Jurgen Klopp.

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If the Dutchman helps us to the Premier League title, there is no doubt he would be considered as one of the best to have ever played for Liverpool.

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