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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are better than 2014’s Reds and will exorcise Chelsea demons on Sunday – opinion

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Liverpool opinion: Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will exorcise demons from 2014 Chelsea clash

Five games left and Liverpool are still in with a shout of winning the Premier League.

Manchester City have the advantage of having played one less game, but we have been grinding out results without playing at our best.

The Reds aren’t dismantling teams like they did last season, but we have some important wins to show for it.

Tottenham were beaten by a last-minute own goal, however, they cracked under our relentless pressure. The same can be said about the win over Southampton as we trailed the Saints but ended up winning 3-1.

Five games remain, but we face a tricky fixture next. The dreaded home game against Chelsea.

Time to vanquish old memories

That Steven Gerrard moment from 2014 remains long in the memory of most Liverpool fans, and we should have won the title that season.

However, that Liverpool wasn’t as pragmatic or mature as this Liverpool team is. Brendan Rodgers needed one draw and two wins from the last three games to clinch the title, however, the wheels fell off when Demba Ba ran through on goal and scored.

Jurgen Klopp’s team aren’t looking to demolish teams but are trying to pick them off at the right moments.

Virgil van Dijk has been at the heart of a great defence, but the work done by the midfielders cannot be ignored either.

Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner might not be the most creative midfield trio, but they ensure the opposition don’t have a lot of control in the game.

Our front three also work their socks off with regards to tracking back, and we have two of the best full-backs in the world that are important to how we play.

A better team than in 2014

Liverpool’s last Premier League title charge was built around Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling outscoring the opposition.

Steven Gerrard did a great job in chipping in with some important goals and unlocking defences but there was always a fear that the team would leak goals.

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

That team conceded 50 goals in the Premier League alone and was partly the reason why we lost the title. This team under Klopp has the best defence in the Premier League and has one of the best goalkeepers in the world too.

Further, this Chelsea team has struggled this season to understand Maurizio Sarri’s style and we should take advantage of that.

There is the threat of Eden Hazard but the Belgian has been linked with Real Madrid (h/t Sky Sports), and hopefully, his mind is somewhere else on Sunday.

Liverpool still need some help from Crystal Palace or Manchester United or Tottenham to be in the driving seat for the title, but all we can do is win our games.

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This is possibly the best team we have had in the Premier League era, and it is the perfect time to exorcise the demons from 2014.

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“He should be the one” – Anfield legend believes Liverpool should look to sign this in-form English star

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Carragher wants Reds to sign Maddison

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher wants the Reds to sign James Maddison of Leicester City.

The English midfielder had a fine debut season for the Foxes after joining from Norwich City in the previous campaign.

Maddison was excellent in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend and created several chances for the away side.

James Maddison

Liverpool didn’t sign a senior outfield player in the summer but Carragher believed that the Leicester City man is the one that the Reds should target (h/t Mirror):

“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at.”

Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Mirror) and believed that Maddison is the player who could take us to the next step even though he would cost a lot of money:

“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he has gone to Bayern Munich, but if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you are going to that next step up.”

An expensive signing for Klopp’s side?

The Reds have several midfield options in their current team but there isn’t one player who can create chances for the attackers.

Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are two attack-minded midfielders but they aren’t as creative as Maddison.

The 22-year-old has grown since his move to the King Power Stadium and it will be interesting to see how he performs this season.

Brendan Rodgers has worked well with young talent in the past and our former manager seems to be getting the best out of Maddison.

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Leicester sold Harry Maguire for a huge sum this summer, and they won’t let the Englishman leave easily anytime soon.

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“He needs to be patient” – Klopp believes Liverpool star will be back to his best despite slow start

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Latest Liverpool news: Klopp wants Oxlade-Chamberlain to be patient regarding game time

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to full fitness and started in our last two games.

However, his performance in the UEFA Super Cup wasn’t great, while he did an excellent job in the second half against Southampton.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Ox was subbed off at half-time against Chelsea in Istanbul, and Klopp claimed the midfielder needs to be patient before he gets back to his best (h/t Mirror):

“He needs to be patient in the right way, and everything will be fine 100 per cent. We only talk about Ox because everybody knows how good he is.

“We need to make sure that he can show that on the pitch as well. When I make the decision that he is now ready then it is my responsibility of course, and the boy only has to try to do his best. That’s what Ox obviously did.”

Ox needs more time on the field

The English midfielder almost missed an entire season due to the knee injury he picked up against Roma, and he will get back to his best after getting more minutes on the pitch.

Klopp added that playing him in an advanced position in the Super Cup didn’t work out, but claimed that things would be alright for the midfielder soon.

Liverpool need the Ox to remain injury-free for the majority of this season as he provides a different dimension to the team.

The former Arsenal star provides a greater attacking threat from the midfield and hopefully, he can create several chances for our forwards.

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Liverpool’s next game is against Oxlade-Chamberlain’s former club, and it will be interesting to see if the Englishman faces the Gunners on Saturday.

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Liverpool coach confirms discussions to sign former Tottenham star available on a free transfer

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Achterberg confirms signing Vorm has been discussed

Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg confirmed that Michel Vorm’s name has been discussed by the Champions League holders.

The Reds have seen Alisson pick up a calf injury in the first game of the Premier League season while Adrian was declared fit to play against Southampton at the weekend.

Andy Lonergan was on the bench for the trip to St Mary’s and we could be in further trouble if either of the senior keepers picks up a problem.

Adrian

Adrian at Southampton

Vorm was one of the best players for Swansea during his spell in the Premier League but his move to Tottenham saw him become the understudy to Hugo Lloris.

The Dutchman left Spurs at the end of last season, and Achterberg told NOS (h/t Liverpool Echo) that having quality keepers in the side isn’t an issue:

“A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said this. Michel Vorm’s arrival has been discussed.”

The coach praised Lonergan for his experience in the lower leagues and added that Caoimhin Kelleher is a decent option too given that the academy starlet plays for Ireland’s youth teams.

A good move for Liverpool?

Liverpool cannot buy a senior keeper from another club as the transfer window has closed but they can sign free agents.

Michel Vorm

Michel Vorm

It will be difficult to find a better option than Vorm given his experience in the Premier League. However, the Dutch keeper would be the third choice below Adrian and above Lonergan.

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Liverpool cannot take risks with this position, and pushing Kelleher into the starting XI would be riskier than playing Vorm.

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