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Fant rant of the day: Liverpool’s loss to Man City might have been soul-crushing but there is nothing to worry about

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Sadio Mane in action against Manchester City

It had to happen sooner or later, after all, going a Premier League season unbeaten is incredibly difficult. Arsenal achieved it more than a decade ago, but things are tougher for Liverpool now.

Let’s forget about that invincibility tag for now and focus on the loss to Manchester City. The Reds have seen their lead cut down to four points, though it could have been 10, had we won.

Manchester City celebrated at the end of the final whistle like they had won the Champions League, something that Pep Guardiola is yet to do with them, but Liverpool have more about them this season.

The Reds might have been second best in the scoreline but we were more than a match for City, and still hold the cards for the remainder of the season.

Liverpool could have easily won at the Etihad

We were close to scoring the opening goal of the game and had that gone in, things would have been different. In fact, once Jurgen Klopp shifted from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1, we were in the ascendancy and scored via Roberto Firmino.

There was a mad scramble late on as we looked for the second equaliser, and Ederson had to come up trumps to deny Mohamed Salah.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Manchester City didn’t hammer us, they didn’t destroy us, they barely made a dent in our side and got two goals from our mistakes.

Liverpool didn’t capitulate to a 5-0 loss like last season, and that bodes well as we look to restart our winning run.

Liverpool can concentrate on the season

The loss also meant that tag of going unbeaten went off our list, and now we can concentrate on the season. Klopp has to take it one game at a time, and that has worked well for us so far.

Losing to City wasn’t a big tragedy and we still hold a four-point lead over them. We don’t need to go unbeaten and try to do an Arsenal, what we need to do is win the Premier League.

The Reds have been wonderful for 21 games, and having just one loss to the tally isn’t a bad record. Liverpool will drop points, there is no doubting that for the rest of the season, and getting the first Premier League loss in should provide more motivation to do well for the rest of the campaign.

Easy fixtures coming up

The Reds don’t have the most testing fixtures over the next 30 days or so. Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, West Ham and Bournemouth are our next five Premier League opponents, and we should be targeting 12-13 points easily from these clashes.

Liverpool players celebrate win

Manchester City have a truckload of games due to their Carabao Cup commitments, and there is more than a chance of us extending our lead over the next five ties.

Even if we don’t play to our best, we should remain unbeaten over these five games. The FA Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers is a bit of a distraction, but we should play the kids and not think about the cup too much this season.

The Reds also have a pretty strong team when it comes to depth, and our options in midfield should be enough to continue our development for the rest of the season.

Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane

There is a belief in this side that hasn’t been seen in the Premier League years, and Klopp has to provided credit for that.

Read more: “Still 4 points clear”, “This means nothing” – Several Liverpool fans remain optimistic despite 2-1 loss to Manchester City

The job isn’t complete at Anfield and our response against Brighton will be key to how we do, but I am confident of this team keeping its cool and finishing the season close to the top.

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Why a move for this Argentine star would take Liverpool’s attack to the next level

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Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala

Liverpool opinion: Why signing Paulo Dybala would be incredible for Liverpool’s attack

Argentine sensation Paulo Dybala has been linked with a move as Liverpool consider a summer bid for the Juventus star, according to Tuttosport (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 25-year-old joined the Italian giants from Palermo and has gone from strength to strength in Turin.

Dybala has won the Serie A thrice with Juventus and also has three Coppa Italia titles to his name. The 25-year-old is yet to win something with the national side, but that is a different story.

Liverpool could do with more options in attack

The Argentine is one of the brightest sparks in the Serie A, but he hasn’t been prolific in front of the net this season.

Dybala only has nine goals in all competitions with four assists in this campaign, and the limelight has focused on Cristiano Ronaldo since the move from Real Madrid.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have had a fantastic season with several players chipping in. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have 17 goals each in the Premier League. Virgil van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world while Alisson has done his bit in keeping us in the title race.

However, the Reds need to bring in quality options for their front three.

Roberto Firmino, Salah and Mane are great as a trio but as soon as one of them is injured, we end up losing a lot of attacking ability.

Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge are decent players but they don’t have the same impact on the pitch as the trio.

Divock Origi of Liverpool

Divock Origi scores for Liverpool against Everton

Dybala has the ability to play across the front-line or just behind the striker and would be that addition that takes our attack to the next level.

It would provide Jurgen Klopp scope to mix things around with the attack, and also allow the German to rest the attackers in certain games.

The Reds have been extremely reliant on Salah over the past year, and his lack of goals in recent weeks has been taken care off by Mane’s brilliant form.

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The Argentine is young, tenacious and has the quality to shine for a team like ours. It will be interesting to see if Juventus are willing to deal with us for the attacker, but there is no doubt Dybala would increase the competition for places at Liverpool and could raise the game of the other players.

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“I try to look at this player and reach that level” – Premier League sensation dreams of reaching Mohamed Salah’s level

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Latest Liverpool news: Eden Hazard wants to emulate good friend Mohamed Salah

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard is having another fruitful season at Chelsea. The Belgian has scored 13 times and has 11 assists to his name this season in the Premier League.

The former Lille man was speaking with NBC sports and claimed that Mohamed Salah is one of the players he tries to emulate (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“Mo Salah is one of my good friends and he is doing something incredible.

“I try to look at this player and I try to reach that level.”

The 28-year-old has been the star for Chelsea over many years while Salah has done incredibly well since signing from AS Roma.

Salah has 24 goals in all competitions this season with 17 in the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

Salah helping Liverpool towards glory

The Egyptian broke several scoring records last season as we reached the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Salah is just one behind Sergio Aguero this season in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, but we are two points ahead of Manchester City.

The Egyptian hasn’t scored in his last seven games, but Liverpool are in a great position in the Champions League too with a two-legged quarter-final against Porto.

Hazard, for his part, seems to be doing it all for the Blues as they try to finish in the top four. However, Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier League.

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The Belgian has always been one of the best in the Premier League, and it is proof of Salah’s quality that Hazard is trying to copy the Egyptian.

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Liverpool have some tough decisions to make in the summer and it includes strengthening this position

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Liverpool opinion: Reds have tough decisions to make regarding goalkeeping spots next season

Liverpool went out and smashed the record transfer fee for a goalkeeper when they signed Alisson from AS Roma (h/t BBC).

That record didn’t last for long as Chelsea bought Kepa Arrizabalaga (h/t BBC), however, this was a statement of intent from the Reds in the summer.

The goalkeeping position was always going to be a huge problem for the Reds as Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius fought it out for the No.1 spot in the team.

Both made mistakes when Jurgen Klopp played them in the team, and Karius had a tough outing against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The German was sent on loan to Besiktas in the summer, but problems have risen in Turkey. Reports suggest that Karius wants the Reds to cancel after a difficult season.

Loris Karius of Liverpool

The former Mainz star has made a few glaring errors at his new home too, and reports suggest that a couple of German clubs are interested in signing him.

Who plays as the No.2 next season?

The dilemma that Liverpool could face is regarding their No.2 goalkeeper for next season. Karius left the Reds on a two-year loan deal to Besiktas and it will be interesting to see if he is open to becoming our No.2 again or if Klopp wants him back.

The German keeper hasn’t even completed one season away from the Reds.

Simon Mignolet has been a fantastic No.2 this season, especially because of his professionalism. The Belgian was replaced by Karius last season and has hinted he will discuss his future in the summer (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Simon Mignolet of Liverpool

Simon Mignolet

The Reds also have young goalkeepers such as Caoimhin Kelleher and Kamil Grabara impressing recently.

Grabara is out on loan at AGF and featured on the bench in our 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the Carabao Cup this season.

Liverpool need a dependable No.2 who can do a job should he be called upon and pushing a young keeper into that role might be a risk.

Similarly, making Karius the No.2 before he has found his confidence again would be just as risky.

Any goalkeeper that is the second choice will have limited game time, however, we need someone of quality who can step up if Alisson gets injured.

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The Reds have some thinking to do in the summer, and hopefully, we find the right person to cover our Brazilian star.

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