In another world Liverpool would be Premier League winners. Such were the margins a change in wind direction could have influenced the title heading down the other end of the East Lancs Road.
What it does mean though is that there’s a huge amount of pressure on the club to win the Champions League next Saturday, not least because a trophyless season would indeed be a travesty for a team who have consistently thrilled.
Beat Tottenham though and it’s more than just a trophy, it’s a win that could start a habit of it, transforming Jurgen Klopp from the “Nearly Man” he’s been labelled and giving top clubs a reason really fear the Reds.
Liverpool go into the game as big favourites, with many Champions League tips predicting a runaway. However, Spurs have proved they can be a danger and it’ll be far from straight forward.
Few players in the current Liverpool squad have won a major title. James Milner of course has a few league titles to his name, but that’s about as far as it goes. As Manchester City have proven this year and indeed the Reds did throughout the glory years, the taste of winning is infectious.
A sixth European Cup could be the catalyst to enhance that ruthless streak Klopp’s men enjoyed over the final months of the season, most notably in the comeback against Barcelona and take them to a first Premier League title next term.
The margins were fine, but Liverpool will know where they slipped up and that was in the seven draws across the season. Boosting that winning mentality with silverware could be key.
That has been there in more recent fixtures, the win over Newcastle a prime example. Those experiences, alongside a Champions League win will encourage the same again next year.
For the first time in a long time, Jurgen Klopp’s men are on the cusp of building a real winning culture, with rewards at the end of it and a legacy players and fans can be proud of. If that doesn’t spur them on to go one step further in the title race next season, nothing will.
It’s likely the club will continue to strengthen in the transfer window too, bolstering those chances even further. Matthijs de Ligt is being rumoured to join up with van Dijk in the heart of the defence while the club are also linked with James Rodriguez, alongside a number of other forwards.
Next week can’t come quick enough and you really do get the feeling that a win could be the beginning of something very special at Anfield.
How Mo salah compares to the worlds top 20 earners
For much of 2017, 2018, and 2019, it’s been fair to say that the attacking trio of Liverpool FC is among the best in the world. Their attack has often been lauded as the most fluent and functional attack in the world game, with Roberto Firmino the front of the three-pronged attack. On his sides are Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. However, would you be shocked to find out that you could trade the wages of Neymar Jr, and pay Mane, Firmino, and Salah? And still have some money left over?
Neymar is on around $105m/year at the moment according to the sports betting site Findbettingsites.co.uk. Despite being happy to take a wage drop to go back to FC Barcelona, the move failed and instead he remained in Paris. His wage is a whopping $80m ahead of Salah himself, who manages to pull in $25.1m per year. To contrast, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann are both expected to earn more, with the duo earning around $27.1m a year based on reports. With bookmakers sponsoring a large number of Premiership and Champions League teams its no surprise they can afford to spend such obscene amounts of money.
In the Premier League, though, only Mesut Ozil of Arsenal ($30.2m) and Paul Pogba of Manchester United ($33m) earns more than Salah. In total he ranks as the 12th highest paid player in the world at present. Premier League former stalwart Alexis Sanchez is on the list, though he now plays in Italy with Internazionale.
The Egyptian, though, is currently the highest paid player at Liverpool. It’s estimated that Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, and Allison Becker are all close to his wage. In the list of the top 20 earners in world football, though, Salah is the only Liverpool player to be listed.
Who else earns close to what Salah brings in?
On the list provided, the next player after Salah is Angel di Maria. The Argentina on around $23.7m per year is the fourth player to be from Paris Saint-Germain on this list – they are the team with the most members on the list. Another surprise, though, is that two players from China alone – Graziano Pelle and Oscar – are both on the list. Oscar actually earns more than Salah, showing the disparity in earning potential in Asia versus Europe for players willing to move.
The lowest paid player on the list is that of Gerard Pique, who has to make do on a “paltry” $21.7m. Outside of Salah, the only other Premier League player to appear on this list is that of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
The Argentina striker earns around $22.6m and is the only player to take part in the English top flight. On the list, you notice an immediate collection of nationalities who are among the highest earners: Brazil, France, and Spain. Given all three are among the most successful international teams in history, that should come as little surprise.
For Salah, though, he flies the flag for other African players who are looking to make a name for themselves. Without doubt, he’s an icon and an inspiration for many in the African game and beyond.
Competition for Liverpool as European giants enter the race for 19-year-old sensation
Real Madrid enter race for Liverpool-linked Erling Haaland
Real Madrid are the latest European giants linked with RB Salzburg forward Erling Haaland, according to AS (h/t Sky Sports).
The 19-year-old has taken the football world by storm and scored a hat-trick in his Champions League debut this season.
Haaland found the back of the net in Salzburg’s 4-3 loss at the hands of Liverpool. The Norwegian has scored 18 goals from 11 games in all competitions, and has multiple hat-tricks to his name this season.
The son of former Leeds United striker Alf-Inge Haaland, Erling was born in Leeds and started his career at Bryne before moving to Molde and then Salzburg.
The youngster has also attracted the attention of Manchester United and Juventus, amongst other clubs (h/t Sky Sports).
Big move on the cards for Haaland?
The 19-year-old still has a lot to learn but is one of the brightest talents already. It will be interesting to see how he progresses this season with the Austrian side but the signs look good.
Salzburg are leading their league and are placed well in the Champions League too. Haaland could play a huge role as they try to land silverware this season, and a move at the end of the campaign cannot be ruled out.
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The 19-year-old isn’t the only impressive player in Salzburg’s ranks as we saw at Anfield, and we were a little lucky to escape that game with the win.
Liverpool respond to reports of paying Manchester City £1million over scouting issue
Liverpool don’t confirm or deny reports of paying Manchester City regarding a scouting issue
The Times (h/t Liverpool Echo) reported that an agreement was reached between the Premier League giants in 2013 after City found out that their scouting database was looked into.
The Liverpool Echo carried a statement from the Reds where they didn’t deny or accept the original report from the Times:
“Liverpool Football Club does not provide any comment on any allegations relating to legal agreements it may or may not have entered into with any other club, organisation or individual.”
Another battle between the pair
The two clubs were involved in a tight tussle in the 2013-14 season, with the Reds just missing out on the Premier League crown.
The pair was almost inseparable last season and we are leading the Cityzens in the league currently.
The rivalry between the two clubs has grown in recent seasons, and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in the Premier League this time around.
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- Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid attacker Isco
- Fabian Ruiz of Napoli linked with Liverpool after excellent display
The Reds also had a sizeable lead last season but City clawed back and won the title by one point.
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