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Fan rant of the day: The time is now or never for Liverpool to take advantage of being knocked out of the domestic cups

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Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp might not like the FA Cup after another early exit this season. The German saw Liverpool getting knocked out by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the third round, but we did play an experimental side.

Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge leading the line would not have scared too many Premier League defences.

Speaking of our defence, only Dejan Lovren was a first-team defender before he had to leave due to injury.

Our back four consisted of Alberto Moreno, Fabinho and two youngsters, and Wolves didn’t really tear us apart.

All in all, this is another trophy that Klopp won’t be winning this season, but even with an elimination, there is something to look forward to for Liverpool.

The Premier League is our priority

The Reds were handed the toughest draw in the third round out of the big six Premier League sides. Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea were given lower league opposition and it would not come as a surprise that they all won easily.

Klopp didn’t field his strongest side and I believe this decision was right given that the FA Cup is a hindrance at the moment for the team.

The tournament has a rich history and we last won it in 2006, but given our position now, the Premier League and Champions League should be our two targets all the time.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Not making it to the Champions League regularly hurts a team not only due to the loss in earnings but the fact that we cannot play the best teams in Europe. Our UEFA coefficient also takes a hammering and we end up in tough groups every season, this season, in particular, was a nightmare.

The Premier League is the holy grail that every Liverpool fan craves and we have a decent lead despite losing to Manchester City recently.

A four-point gap isn’t enough to celebrate now, but the Reds have been fantastic for most of the Premier League campaign, and we should start as favourites for our clash against Brighton, even if we are coming from two consecutive losses.

Virgil van Dijk in training

Our first-team was more or less rested against Wolves, and the only concern is in the centre-back spot with Fabinho playing in the heart of the defence in the FA Cup.

The loss in the third round of the FA Cup is a downer but the Reds can plan for the Premier League and Champions League games without any distractions.

Liverpool are expected to make it to the semis/final of the tournament every year, and every time we are hit with disappointment, however, there is a chance for our team to stay fresh and keep chugging along.

For example, the fourth round of the tournament is scheduled between 25 to 28 January, Liverpool face Crystal Palace at home on 19 Jan and Leicester City on 30 Jan.

If we had a cup tie in between, there would be more pressure on the players, and of course, we would be slaughtered should we have lost that game too.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Liverpool have at least five days (on average) between games till the end of the season. This would change if we make it into the quarter-finals of the Champions League and beyond, but it is imperative we stay fresh and ready for the final onslaught.

City and Spurs are involved in both domestic cups, and the Carabao Cup semi-final is a two legged affair, which will test their freshness and squad depth.

The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Georginio Wijnaldum have barely been given a rest this season, and the lack of domestic cup games is a huge bonus.

Read more: “This is a blessing in disguise” – Some Liverpool fans remain upbeat despite 2-1 FA Cup exit at the hands of Wolves

It is up to Klopp and the team to make this count, and hopefully, our lack of domestic cup success is overcome by a bigger triumph this season.

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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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Gary Neville

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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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool

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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