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Fan Opinion: Virgil van Dijk is right in suggesting that the core of Liverpool stars are yet to reach their potential

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Liverpool opinion: Liverpool stars are yet to hit their peak and that is great news

It has been a crazy couple of days in the Champions League, especially for Liverpool.

Not many handed the Reds a chance of defeating Barcelona after the first leg of the semi-final ended 3-0 but here we are, ready for another Champions League final.

The Reds were hungrier, determined and willing to do that little extra on the night, and it paid dividends as Divock Origi’s opener set the tone for the win.

Nearly every player played out a perfect game for the Reds and now we face Tottenham in the final on 1 June.

Our rivals also had a great comeback against Ajax, and it is going to be an incredible tie at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Miracles have been plentiful in Liverpool’s campaign this season and we need one more to take place on Sunday.

Brighton host Manchester City and need to avoid defeat against the Cityzens to give us a chance of lifting the title.

The Reds have to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Sunday, and Virgil van Dijk believes anything can take place for the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“We’ll see what’s going to happen in Brighton. If it happens, it happens, we have no influence on that. Anything is still possible.”

The Dutch defender was excellent against Lionel Messi and co. and lauded the team’s performance this season.

Van Dijk wasn’t worried about missing out on the title and claimed the group of players will only get better in the coming years:

“We have a great age group. Between 20 and 27, 28, so hopefully we can do it altogether for the next couple of years at least and grow as a team and hopefully get a lot of success.”

Reds on the right track

Jurgen Klopp has been an incredible signing for us after the tenure of Brendan Rodgers. The German has transformed the club, and this season proves we can give any team a run for their money.

City are just one point ahead of us in the table, and we have more than a chance of winning the Champions League as we should be favourites for that trophy.

That seemed like an impossible scenario when the German took over.

We were never close to the top four, barring that one miraculous season by Rodgers. Now, we have qualified for the Champion League for a third successive time.

The team that Klopp has built has been nothing short of special. Smart signings and sales have made this squad possibly the best we have ever had in Premier League history and the great thing (and scary for the opposition) is that most of our players are yet to hit their potential.

Young and hungry for success

The Champions League defeat last season was hard to take. We gave Real Madrid more than a fight, even without Mohamed Salah, but a couple of mistakes handed the crown to the Spanish giants.

The Reds have been mentality monsters this season, despite Manchester City doing their bit. It has been incredible to see a team so young push City to the absolute limit.

Liverpool have lost just one Premier League game this season, and have been fantastic in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

Looking through the team, only Daniel Sturridge, Simon Mignolet, Adam Lallana, James Milner and Dejan Lovren are above the age of 29.

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From those players, only Milner and Lovren have featured regularly this season. The rest of the side is below the age of 28, and have at least 3 years left at the top of the game.

Drilling down further, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are 27 or younger. The reinvigorated Divock Origi is 24 and Rhian Brewster is 19.

Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum are 28, while Fabinho, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are 25 or younger.

Our defence is littered with young talent too with Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold being below 21.

Virgil van Dijk is 27, and has several years at the top, while Alisson is just 26.

Liverpool can only improve in the coming years if the crop of players remain and we make small additions to the side.

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The Reds can create history by 1 June with the Premier League and Champions League beckoning, but even if neither trophy comes home, we are in a great position to battle for top honours for a few years.

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Liverpool dealt blow in hopes of signing 20-year-old Ligue 1 star

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Paris Saint-Germain will not allow Kylian Mbappe to leave Ligue 1 giants

Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their hopes of signing Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Marca (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 20-year-old has been linked with the Reds and Real Madrid recently, and Zinedine Zidane has been speaking about Mbappe, claiming that the PSG star dreams of playing for them (h/t Liverpool Echo).

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Kylian Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco (Image credit: Getty)

However, PSG sporting director Leonardo blasted Real and Zidane for their comments:

“It’s annoying, he should stop, it’s not the time to talk about dreams and all that, it’s not the time to destabilise everything.”

Mbappe replacing Neymar

The 20-year-old has been excellent for club and country in recent years and won the World Cup in 2018.

Mbappe also helped PSG to a Ligue 1 title and did the same with Monaco before joining the Parisians.

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Kylian Mbappe was PSG’s top scorer in the previous campaign (Image credit: Getty)

The French forward top-scored for PSG last season and already has 10 goals for the club this campaign. PSG also believe that Mbappe is their best asset ahead of Neymar, and will not hold any discussions for the 20-year-old sensation (h/t Liverpool Echo).

It will be interesting to see what happens with Mbappe in the coming months. PSG have struggled to land the Champions League while Liverpool have grown from strength to strength.

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Mbappe would be an excellent addition to any of the top teams in the world. Liverpool have a fantastic team but there is always scope to improve all positions.

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Liverpool interested in 15-year-old defender starring for Scottish youth side

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Liverpool interested in 15-year-old Rangers talent Leon King

Liverpool are one of the two Premier League clubs interested in Leon King, according to The Athletic (h/t Evening Times).

The 15-year-old defender has done well for Rangers’ youth side and scored in the 5-0 win over Celtic in a Scottish Youth Cup clash.

The report adds that Chelsea and other European giants are also keeping tabs on the teenager. King has been a part of the Rangers set up since he was five and he can sign a professional contract next year when he turns 16.

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Sepp van den Berg (L) joined from PEC Zwolle in the summer (Image credit: Getty)

Rangers first-team assistant manager Gary McAllister has also watched the defender, and the Gers hope that he continues his stay at Ibrox for the coming years (h/t Evening Times).

King has also been watched by scouts (h/t Evening Times) and it will be interesting to see what happens next with the defender.

Liverpool planning for the future

The Reds have an incredible first-team and it is difficult for any youngster to break into that team. However, the Reds signed a couple of young players in the previous summer and have other talented players in the youth setup too.

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Liverpool players celebrate after beating Arsenal in the Carabao Cup (Image credit: Getty)

We have seen some of them in Carabao Cup action, with Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott impressing. King has years on his side to develop and he could do well under current Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.

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The former Liverpool star has helped Rangers to second place and they trail Celtic only on goal difference.

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Liverpool’s insane Premier League record at Anfield when leading by 2+ goals

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Liverpool have not lost in 232 games when going up by 2+ goals at Anfield

Liverpool produced an incredible display against Premier League champions Manchester City.

This was a top-of-the-table clash and the Reds opened up a nine-point lead after beating the Cityzens 3-1.

Fabinho launched a rocket in the sixth minute before Mohamed Salah headed home from a glorious Andy Robertson cross seven minutes later.

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Fabinho celebrates after scoring against Manchester City (Image credit: Getty)

Sadio Mane made it 3-0 in the 51st minute before Bernardo Silva got a consolation with 10 minutes or so to go. This was a huge blow to City’s hopes of catching us. We head off to the international break eight points ahead of Leicester and Chelsea.

City lie fourth and even though they had chances after scoring the first goal, the Reds had history on their side.

Manchester City have a poor record at Anfield since 2013, but Liverpool haven’t lost a Premier League game at home when leading by more than two goals.

Out of the 232 matches we have played, the Reds have only drawn five of them and gone on to win 227.

A statement for the rest of the season

Our run over the past month or so has been extremely tough. We have faced Leicester, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and City, and have only dropped points against the Red Devils.

Jurgen Klopp’s team don’t know how to give up and picked up late wins against Aston Villa and Leicester. The international break gives us time to take a bit of a breather after the latest win.

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Liverpool have made a statement and we might even break the Premier League duck this season. Nevertheless, there still is a long way to go.

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