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Liverpool 2019-20 season preview – Time to land the big trophy



Liverpool lift Champions League trophy

Liverpool opinion: 2019-20 season preview – Liverpool finally break their PL duck?

The feeling around Liverpool seems positive, but we have been here before too. The Champions League win in June ended a tough season on a high and was a fantastic reward for all the hard work done.

Jurgen Klopp has built an incredible team and finally won his first trophy as Liverpool manager, but it could have been sweeter.

Missing out on the Premier League crown by a single point will continue to hurt, especially after we lost just one game in the season.

Jurgen Klop lifts the Champions League trophy
Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophy

Liverpool bagged 97 points, had the best defence, two of the top scorers in the league and still missed out on the title.

That should be the aim for Klopp this season, and our performance in the Community Shield final proves we are still a fantastic side, even without any new first-team additions.

Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg could feature at some point in the season but the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be a huge boost for us.

Adam Lallana looks fit and Naby Keita also looked good in the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City. They need to stay free from injuries and they could provide us with that extra something we missed in some games in the previous season.

Liverpool aren’t broke, so there isn’t a need to fix anything. The manager has seen the Reds grow in every season under him, and there is no reason to assume why a similar trend won’t take place next season.

Player to watch – Rhian Brewster

Letting Daniel Sturridge leave in the summer was a tough call given that he was fit for most of the campaign last season, but it seems there are high hopes on Rhian Brewster.

The English youngster missed major parts of the previous seasons due to injuries, but looked great in pre-season.

Rhian Brewster

The 19-year-old should play for the first-team at some point this season and could be the one to score some crucial goals.

Surprise performer – Adam Lallana

No need to throw the brickbats here, but Lallana could be a star in the deeper role.

The English midfielder has had a torrid time with injuries and only started five Premier League games in the previous campaign.

Adam Lallana

The former Saint is still one of the most technically gifted footballers we have in the squad, and if his passing range is topnotch, he can find a new lease of life in the Liverpool midfield.

Of course, all this depends on him staying fit and hopefully, he does not turn out to be the next Daniel Sturridge.

Top scorer – Sadio Mane

Salah has been excellent for the Reds over the past two years but last season, we saw Sadio Mane bag some important goals.

The former Saint was bagging some crucial goals when Salah was on a dry run, and he is one of the most dangerous attackers due to his pace and movement.

Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane

The Senegal international also took his team to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations and was one of the Premier League’s top scorers in the previous campaign.

Salah looked dangerous against Manchester City on Sunday, but Mane could just edge out his fellow African in the goalscoring charts

Cup performances

The FA Cup and Carabao Cup journeys didn’t fare all that well last season with early eliminations but things could be different this time around.

The Reds might still rest some of their stars in the domestic competitions, but we could win one of the two crowns, possibly the Carabao Cup.

The Club World Cup should be an easy win if we play to our potential, and that tournament only adds two games to our schedule.

Liverpool lift Champions League trophy
Jordan Henderson lifts the Champions League trophy

The UEFA Super Cup is tough to predict against a new Chelsea under Frank Lampard but we should be the favourites for this one-off game too. The Champions League journey was fantastic last season and there is no reason why we cannot reach the final once again.

Can we keep our title? This is a tough question, especially if we end up facing a resurgent Atletico Madrid or a Manchester City who are hungry to put us down.

League performance – Champions

We were close last season and that journey should have made us stronger for the upcoming campaign.

City might have won the title but they aren’t a young team, with the likes of Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero and David Silva all in their 30s.

Virgil van Dijk

They lost captain Vincent Kompany too, while most of Liverpool’s players are in their prime.

Our rivals have spent more on certain positions but we have kept our stars, and they look good for the title. We cannot afford cheap draws like last season, and Klopp will certainly get his team to the top.

Top four prediction

1) Liverpool

2) Manchester City

3) Tottenham

4) Arsenal

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French World Cup winner expresses admiration for relentless Liverpool side



Kylian Mbappe

French superstar Kylian Mbappe amazed by ‘very good’ Liverpool

French superstar Kylian Mbappe has expressed his admiration for Liverpool amidst rumours linking him with a summer move to Anfield. (h/t Express)

The 21-year-old is the best young player on the planet and has expressed his admiration for Liverpool’s title charge this season.

Calling the Reds a ‘machine’, Mbappe has been impressed by Liverpool’s ability to attain a winning rhythm one match after the other. (h/t BBC)

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

Mbappe was full of praise for the Merseysiders’ focus as they extended their unbeaten run in the league to 39 games.

The Liverpool faithful will be pleased to see the attention they have got from the French striker. Mbappe continues to be linked to Liverpool in spite of Jurgen Klopp labelling the player too expensive. (h/t Times)

Mbappe, however, chose to remain coy on his future and went on to assert his commitment to helping PSG win titles this season.

“At the end of the season, we will see. But now I’m focused on my game.”

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Liverpool are 16 points clear at the top with a game in hand and look set to end the 30-year wait for the league title. The Reds have already crowned themselves World Champions are on course for a treble. With the Reds going from strength to strength; it is no surprise that we are grabbing the attention of talents such as Mbappe.

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Liverpool open to selling this first-team star for €30m in the summer



Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Liverpool are open to selling Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer

According to trusted Liverpool journalist James Pearce, Liverpool are open to selling Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer transfer window.

The Swiss international is reportedly a target for both AS Roma and Sevilla. Pearce goes on to say that Liverpool will dismiss any approach to loan the player this month but are willing to sanction a move away in the summer for a reported €30million.

Jurgen Klopp had already confirmed that no first-team player will leave the club this January as Liverpool look on course to win their first league title in 30 years. (h/t Express)

Xherdan Shaqiri and Jurgen Klopp
Xherdan Shaqiri has struggled for game time this season (Image credit: Getty)

Shaqiri has been beset by injuries and has played a marginal role at Liverpool this season. The Swiss winger has made just 9 appearances for the Reds this season. (h/t Whoscored) Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino is also likely to further limit his time on the pitch.

Even when fit, the 28-year-old has found playtime hard to come by bringing into question, his future at the club. Liverpool also rejected approaches from Roma and AC Milan to take the player on loan this month.

With € 30 million considered to be enough for Liverpool to sell, it will represent a good profit for the Reds who signed Shaqiri for € 14.7 million in the summer of 2018. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Shaqiri played a key role in Liverpool’s success in 2018-19 and was an important rotation player. He famously came in for an injured Mohamed Salah as Liverpool overcame a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.

The winger now has half a season to audition himself for prospective suitors in the summer and given his quality he shouldn’t have any problems in doing so.

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Shaqiri is a regular in the Swiss international team and has made 82 appearances for his country. He was nominated for the UEFA Nations League team of the tournament in 2019.

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Liverpool youngster’s loan with Belgian club cut short by injury



Isaac Christie-Davies ‘s loan at Cercle Brugge cut short by injury

Youngster Isaac Christie-Davies ‘s loan at Belgian club Cercle Brugge has been cut short due to injury. (h/t Liverpool Echo)

The 22-year-old had joined the Belgian first division club earlier this month on a loan deal until the end of the season. Unfortunately for the youngster, his prospects of first-team football have been cut short due to a knee injury sustained in training.

Isaac Christie-Davies

The player under a successful surgery and posted on Instagram vowing to come back stronger. Christie-Davies was yet to have made his debut for Brugge.

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

Christie-Davies would have been the third Liverpool to head out on loan this month after Rhian Brewster and Nathaniel Phillips.

A versatile midfielder, the Welsh youth international is equally adept in central and left midfield. He can also play a more attacking central role with ease.

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Although born in Brighton, Christie-Davies has represented the Wales Under-21 side 2 times, since making his debut in 2018.

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