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Fan rant of the day: Our rivals should be worried as Liverpool have more to give in the second half of the season

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Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

Liverpool face a tough clash at the Etihad on Thursday as we face Manchester City in the Premier League.

The Reds are unbeaten after 20 games and lead the table by seven points, but that could change if the Manchester City juggernaut gets into gear.

Liverpool have been a bit lucky this season with some calls and games, such as the Everton win, but every champion team needs luck and the Reds have created a lot of their luck too.

There could be fears of a second half struggle but the Reds should be in a better position in the coming months.

The handbrakes could be off for the Reds

The first half of the season did not see many performances similar to the ones from last season. Of course, there were big wins over Red Star Belgrade and West Ham but teams weren’t swatted away.

Liverpool have a grit and determination about them and are getting the job done. The Liverpool Ferrari is on an Autobahn but have a speed limiter on, something that seems to be changing since our win over the Cherries.

Mohamed Salah was brilliant in that game, and even though the score was 4-0, we could have scored more.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah celebrates against Bournemouth

The final ball was often miss-hit or misplaced, and the margin of victory would have been far greater in some of the other games had Sadio Mane found his shooting boots.

In fact, we weren’t at our best against Arsenal and still won 5-1. Playing against City or even Tottenham later in the season won’t give us many freebies in defence but the forwards are taking their chances now.

It was great seeing Roberto Firmino get a hat-trick against the Gunners with Salah and Mane also scoring.

In fact, Salah gave up a penalty to allow Firmino to score his third, which shows the spirit in this team.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Jurgen Klopp has done a wonderful job of mixing it around in the festive period with almost all the first-teamers getting minutes, and that should keep us fresh for the second half of the season.

Klopp should also have the likes of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez back from injury later in the month, and that more or less would mean our first-team is ready for the second half of the campaign.

The best way to describe the team at the moment is calling them efficient. The Reds are good in attack but greater in defence, and that has made the difference. We don’t ship in cheap goals and take some of the chances presented to us.

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Klopp has the chance of taking the shackles off the Reds now that the marathon has reached its half-way point, and even if we aren’t demolishing teams like we did last season, there is a greater calmness in the team.

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Liverpool aren’t set for the title yet but there is a lot more to come from the side, something that our opponents will find difficult to deal with.

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Liverpool interested in 20-year-old England youth international available for £3million

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds interested in Coventry’s Tom Bayliss

The Birmingham Mail claims that Liverpool are one of the several Premier League clubs interested in Tom Bayliss. The Coventry City midfielder did a great job as he helped his club gain promotion to League One.

The 20-year-old is an England youth international and has racked up 73 appearances for Coventry over two seasons.

The report claims that the youngster was a subject of two bids from Derby County in January 2018, and a fee of £3million could be enough to sign the midfielder.

Tom Bayliss

Tom Bayliss

Merseyside rivals Everton have also been linked with Bayliss while West Ham United, Aston Villa and Leeds United are also keeping an eye on the talent (h/t Birmingham Mail).

The report adds that the youngster has been watched by Premier League sides in the previous campaign and is regarded as one of the brightest talents in League One.

Coventry’s chief executive Dave Boddy also claimed there have not been any bids for the player, but there is a lot of speculation on his future (h/t Birmingham Mail).

Always looking out for youth players

The Reds have seen several young talents move up through the system and impress on loan.

Liverpool saw the likes of Ryan Kent, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic excel away on loan last season, and it will be interesting to see if we make a move for Bayliss.

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The Reds should be on the lookout for youth players that can improve the team, and we have seen a few of them break into the main squad under Jurgen Klopp.

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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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