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Fan Opinion: Liverpool under Klopp have proven that big game mentality is here despite lacking firepower

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Liverpool opinion: Big-game Liverpool is here to stay under Jurgen Klopp

The scenario was pretty straightforward for Liverpool ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona.

The Reds had to win by four clear goals to qualify for the finals, however, that was never going to be easy against the La Liga champions.

Lionel Messi was on fire, we did not have Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino and there was a psychological blow just 24 hours earlier.

Manchester City beat Leicester City 1-0 thanks to Vincent Kompany thunderbolt and reclaimed top spot in the Premier League.

Leicester were our best bet to hold City or even beat them in this thrilling Premier League race, and it would have made sense for Jurgen Klopp to ensure the Reds finished their Champions League campaign on a high with a respectable performance against Barcelona.

The Catalans even rested their best players at the weekend, while we fought hard to defeat Newcastle at St. James’ Park.

However, an incredible Liverpool came out fighting from the first minute and pulled off an unbelievable 4-0 win over the Catalans.

Hapless Catalans fall to Origi and Wijnaldum

Every player out there on the pitch did their job for the Reds perfectly.

Alisson made some great saves, our centre-backs shut out Luis Suarez and Messi, Trent Alexander-Arnold was relentless down the left, Fabinho was charging Barca’s midfield down, Jordan Henderson was running around like there was no tomorrow.

Sadio Mane did the same and Divock Origi opened the scoring for us in the seventh minute. Liverpool were on Barcelona like a bad rash and even when they had to alter their playing XI, they did not stop.

James Milner slotted into the left-back role as Georginio Wijnaldum replaced the injured Andy Robertson.

The Dutch midfielder scored a brace as the tie turned around before Trent’s quick thinking saw Origi deliver the knockout blow.

It would have been easy for Liverpool to look for a 1-0 or 2-0 win against a well-rested Barcelona team and leave with their heads held high.

However, they destroyed Barcelona, even without two of the best players in the world, and it just goes to show what Jurgen Klopp has turned us into.

Big games are supposed to be a difficult test for any club, but this Liverpool team thrives under the pressure, even if the opposition might have a better side on paper.

The Reds have barely put a foot wrong all throughout the season and have only grown better since the first day of the campaign.

Last night was a reminder of the “full-throttle” football we had shown last season, except this season we brought that down by a couple of gears.

There still was method to the madness and Barcelona did not know what hit them. Liverpool could have scored a few more and this win should give us the confidence of ending the season on a high.

The players ran themselves to the ground but that is what a Klopp team is supposed to do.

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This season has been miraculous and who is to say another won’t take place as we fight Manchester City for the Premier League title on Sunday.

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Liverpool plotting move to sign this Arsenal backroom staff member

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Liverpool target Arsenal’s head of medical services – Gary O’Driscoll

Liverpool have identified Arsenal’s Gary O’Driscoll as the leading candidate to replace the outgoing Andrew Massey. (h/t Daily Mail)

Massey who is the current head of medical services at Liverpool will leave the club on March 1st to take up a position at FIFA.

Having been at the club for almost seven years, Massey has played a key role in the Reds being one of the fittest teams in the league.

O’Driscoll is widely recognized as being one of the best in his field and Arsenal are determined to keep him at the Emirates.

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Driscoll has been at Arsenal since 2009 and is one of the old guards who has survived various culls.

He has held lead positions with the British Lions and Ireland rugby team. He should now welcome the chance to work for the European and World Champions. (h/t Metro)

Hailing from Manchester, Driscoll could welcome a return to the North-West of England to Merseyside.

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Liverpool are an extremely well-run club both on and off the pitch. Driscoll should relish the ability to work with the Reds without having to worry about politics or unrest.

In Driscoll, Liverpool look to have found an excellent candidate to continue the work of Andrew Massey as the Reds prepare for life without the medical genius.

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Third Liverpool star shipped out on loan until the end of the season

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Isaac Christie-Davies joins Cercle Brugge until the end of the season

Liverpool striker Isaac Christie-Davies has joined Cercle Brugge on loan until the end of the season. (h/t Liverpoolfc)

Christie-Davies will now link-up with the Groen en Zwart at their winter training camp in Malta. He is the third Liverpool player to leave on loan this month following Herbie Kane and Rhian Brewster.

The 22-year-old joined Liverpool from Chelsea and made his debut last month in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Aston Villa.

Isaac Christie-Davies

Bernd Storck is the manager of Cercle Brugge, who gained promotion to Belgium’s top-flight last season.

The German coach was previously in charge of Royal Excel Mouscron, where Taiwo Awoniyi spent time on loan last season.

Cercle currently have 13 players on loan at the club. The Welshman’s versatility has seen him perform in midfield, on the wing and upfront for the Liverpool Under-23s this season. This could boost his chances of a starting berth.

Cercle are currently bottom of the Belgian top tier, seven points off their closest rivals Waasland-Beveren after taking just 11 from their opening 21 games.

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Cercle next play at home to Royal Antwerp on January 19 and should give Christie-Davies enough time to prepare for his possible debut.

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Liverpool striker returns from loan spell after scoring just 1 goal in 22 games

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Liam Millar has been recalled by Liverpool from his loan at Kilmarnock

Liverpool youngster Liam Millar has returned to the club after cutting short his loan at Kilmarnock. (h/t Liverpoolfc)

The 20-year-old striker, who joined from Fulham in 2016, is yet to make his debut for the Merseysiders.

Millar signed a long-term first-team contract with Liverpool in January 2019 and joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.

Liam Millar

He made his debut for Kilmarnock in a 2–1 loss to Hearts and scored his first goal a month later against St Mirren.

He returned on loan to Kilmarnock in August 2019 on a year-long loan which has now been cut short by the Reds.

The striker made 22 appearances for Kilmarnock this season, scoring just 1 goal. (h/t Whoscored)

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A versatile forward, Millar is capable of playing both upfront and on the left flank with equal proficiency.

Liverpool had also recalled Nathaniel Phillips from his loan at VfB Stuttgart to address the lack of cover at centre-back due to injuries.

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