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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.

James Milner Liverpool

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 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.

Gary O'Driscoll

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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