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Liverpool’s next five Premier League games could have a huge bearing on the title race – Opinion

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Liverpool face some tough teams in the next five Premier League games

The season is only seven games old but some narratives have already been set.

Liverpool and Manchester City will battle for the Premier League crown, Leicester and West Ham could break into the top six and Manchester United will struggle to break into the top four.

This seems to be another exciting season ahead for Liverpool as we have won all our Premier League games this season.

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Liverpool players celebrate against Chelsea

City have had some mixed results this time around, and are already five points behind us. However, we all know they have the ability to claw back any deficit.

Pep Guardiola’s side did that in the previous season as we dropped a few points during the second half of the campaign.

Liverpool’s fixtures are far from easy in the next five clashes, and these could play a huge role into where the Premier League title heads.

Tough clashes for the Reds

It is safe to say that Liverpool aren’t playing fluid football, something that they did a couple of years ago.

Jurgen Klopp seems to have made us a more pragmatic team and there are fewer mistakes at the back. However, controlling a game has its own pitfalls too as teams try to hit us on the counter.

We had to fight hard for our 1-0 win over Sheffield United, and Andy Robertson highlighted that winning games is more important than how we do it (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):

“Look, you can’t win 4-0, 5-0 every single week by playing beautiful football and everyone claps you off the park because they’ve been given a show.

“That’s a different show out there – we had to get down, we had to get dirty and we had to match their battles.”

Liverpool have been involved in some scraps and have found ways to beat teams without having to play crazy attacking football.

However, things get tough in the next five league games as we play Leicester, Manchester United, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Manchester City.

We have two Champions League games against Genk and a Carabao Cup clash against Arsenal sandwiched between the five Premier League clashes.

Leicester are currently third in the league and are playing great football under Brendan Rodgers.

James Maddison has been excellent for Leicester

Tottenham always bring their best when they face us and nothing can be taken for granted against Villa.

Manchester United will try to make it as hard as possible for us at Old Trafford while the game against Manchester City could be one of the games of the season.

City have an easier run

In comparison, City face Wolves, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Southampton and Liverpool in their next five Premier League games.

Of course, Wolves and Palace took points off City last season, but on paper, they have the easier runin.

If we come out unscathed against these ties, we would certainly have the advantage over Manchester City.

Winning all five games could be a bit of a stretch, but we have the capability of staying unbeaten for a long time.

We need to maintain a lead over City to keep them under pressure, and it will be interesting to see the table after these five Premier League games.

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Should we have a three-point lead or more after the Manchester City game, we could land the one trophy all Liverpool fans hope for.

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Liverpool tracking 17-year-old Frenchman starring in the Ligue 1

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Liverpool tracking Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga

Eduardo Camavinga has been one of the most impressive players for Rennes this season.

The 17-year-old Frenchman has featured in 20 games for the Ligue 1 club and was one of the stars in the 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

The defensive midfielder has also played in the Europa League and several clubs are interested in him.

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Eduardo Camavinga celebrates for Rennes (Image credit: AFP)

Calciomercato claims that Liverpool are one of the clubs tracking the 17-year-old. Paris Saint-Germain and Milan are also keen on the teenage sensation, according to the report.

Do Liverpool need a young midfielder?

The Reds have a fantastic side at the moment and there aren’t many weaknesses around. The only problem we could face is injuries with Fabinho and Joel Matip missing chunks of this season already.

Alisson was also out for a while but Adrian did a great job in place of the Brazilian keeper.

Camavinga could be a great player for the future and would provide more steel to our midfield.

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James Milner didn’t start in the draw against Manchester United (Image credit: Getty)

James Milner and Adam Lallana are free agents in the summer, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the pair.

Should both leave, we would require quality replacements. Marko Grujic has impressed at Hertha Berlin but Camavinga could be a decent option too.

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The Frenchman wouldn’t start regularly for us, but his growth could be boosted further under Klopp and his coaching team.

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This Liverpool-linked starlet could debut against arch-rivals in FA Cup

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Takumi Minamino could make his Liverpool debut against Everton in FA Cup

Liverpool are expected to sign RB Salzburg midfielder Takumi Minamino in the January window, according to the Mirror.

The Japanese star has been one of the bright spots for the Austrian team. He should be a Liverpool player on 1st Jan as long as he passes a medical (h/t Mirror).

Minamino scored against the Reds in the Champions League clash at Anfield, and he could be in line to make a huge debut too.

Takumi Minamino
Takumi Minamino has been excellent for RB Salzburg this season (Image credit: Getty)

The Mirror claims that the 24-year-old has a chance of facing Sheffield United in a Premier League clash on 2 January.

However, it is more likely he will make his debut in the third round of the FA Cup against Everton on 5 January.

That would be an incredible game to make his debut in, and Minamino could do a decent job for us in the second half of the campaign.

Mixing it up at Anfield

Minamino can play in a withdrawn role and could give Roberto Firmino a break. The Japanese can also play on the right-wing, which would allow Mohamed Salah to be rested once in a while.

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Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino celebrate at Sheffield United (Image credit: Getty)

Most of the midfielders at Liverpool can play in other positions. James Milner and Jordan Henderson have played as full-backs, while Fabinho has made a few appearances in the heart of the defence.

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It is that kind of versatility that would make Minamino a decent addition to the side. Hopefully, the Japanese is a Liverpool player soon and an official announcement is made soon.

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Liverpool in contact with representatives of 20-year-old Brazilian striker ahead of possible move

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Liverpool in contact with Evanilson’s representatives over possible 2020 move

Liverpool have been linked with Brazilian youngster Evanilson, according to UOL (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 20-year-old striker plays for Fluminense and his contract expires with them in February.

The report claims that Liverpool have contacted Evanilson’s representatives over a possible switch next season.

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Jurgen Klopp during a pre-season game (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool have also scouted the forward all season (h/t Liverpool Echo) and it will be interesting to see what happens with him in the coming months.

Evanilson also spent a season on loan at Samorin, but has broken into the Fluminense first-team recently.

The 20-year-old still has a lot to learn in the game and it will be interesting to see if we sign him in the coming months.

Liverpool’s youth policy

Evanilson could be a smart signing for the future. The Reds have invested in their youth teams in the past and have seen a couple of those players become regulars for the first-team.

Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg were two young players who were signed in the previous summer window.

Harvey Elliott
Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham (Image credit: Getty)

The pair have also impressed in the Carabao Cup and could feature further this season. Curtis Jones has also done well and also played against Bournemouth after coming off the bench.

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The Reds have made some excellent signings under Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, and Evanilson could be the next one.

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