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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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Liverpool dealt a blow in hunt for promising teenage starlet as Serie A giants are unwilling to sell the player

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Inter Milan unwilling to sell Sebastiano Esposito

Calciomercato claims that Inter Milan are unwilling to sell their rising starlet Sebastiano Esposito despite interest from Liverpool.

The 16-year-old was given his debut this season when he came on to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League knockout rounds.

Inter could not defeat the Bundesliga side but there is interest in the 16-year-old from Manchester City too (h/t Calciomercato).

The report adds that Inter see him as the future of the club and will only look to loan him out or let him play in the Primavera League.

The 16-year-old has already made a big name for himself with some great performances for the Italy U-17 team, and he seems set to remain with the Serie A giants for a while.

Liverpool need to build on their great season

The Reds have a great first XI but could do with more talent to strengthen the squad.

Esposito might be highly rated but it would be unlikely seeing him break into the first-team or even push the likes of Rhian Brewster and Divock Origi for game time next season.

Rhian Brewster Liverpool

Rhian Brewster

Liverpool need to build on an impressive season and it will be interesting to see our moves in the transfer window. The Reds missed out on the Premier League title by one point but can finish the season on a high by winning the Champions League.

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Liverpool face Tottenham in the final on June 1 and should be favourites to land their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool cool interest in £43m South American star as PL rivals make their move

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds cool interest in Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez

Liverpool have cooled their interest in 22-year-old Maxi Gomez, according to the Daily Star.

The report claims that the Reds enquired about the Uruguayan sensation, however, they have backed out of a deal to sign the Celta Vigo attacker.

Gomez has impressed at the La Liga side over the past two seasons. The 22-year-old scored 13 times in the league, with five assists to his name during the campaign.

Maxi Gomez

Maxi Gomez

The report adds that the forward has a £43m release clause in his contract and there is interest from our Champions League final opponents, Tottenham.

Spurs have made contact with the player’s representatives, according to the report, while there is also interest from Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool have a couple of up and coming strikers in the team

Roberto Firmino is the first-choice striker in the team and the Reds have a couple of young options who could do a job in place of the Brazilian.

Divock Origi was the surprise package of the season, nabbing some important goals despite not featuring a lot for the team. The Belgian bagged a brace against Barcelona recently and even scored the winners against Everton and Newcastle in the Premier League.

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Rhian Brewster also seems set to play for the first-team next season, and the forward is one of the most highly-rated youngsters we have in the team.

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(Photos) Liverpool touch down in Marbella for CL training camp with one surprise inclusion

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Latest Liverpool news: Liverpool players reach Marbella for Champions League final training

Jurgen Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool team landed in Marbella for their Champions League final training sessions.

The Reds face Tottenham on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano for the final of the tournament as they look to win their sixth Champions League crown.

Liverpool visited Marbella earlier this season, and there was one major surprise joining the team in the training camp.

Naby Keita was initially ruled out for the season by Klopp after he picked up an injury against Barcelona. However, his national team manager Paul Put believes the Guinea midfielder could be back for the Champions League final (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The heroes from the win over Barcelona looked to be in the mood, with Georginio Wijnaldum pictured alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Divock Origi, who scored a brace against Barcelona, could get a start in case Roberto Firmino isn’t fit for the final.

The usual suspects for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah also checked into the training camp and the Egyptian could be the difference maker for us in Madrid.

Virgil van Dijk has been excellent for us from the day he signed for us, and his leadership at the back will be one of the keys to winning the Champions League.

Our captain, Jordan Henderson, was also one of the stars in the win over Barcelona while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s crosses led to two goals against the Catalans.

Andy Robertson returned from injury to face Wolves on the final day of the season, and he should be ready to play in the final.

Alisson also pulled off some fantastic saves against Barcelona and won the Premier League Golden Glove award.

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The Reds are slight favourites for the title and we have already defeated Spurs twice in the Premier League this season.

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