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Why Klopp’s “mentality monsters” have been the reason for their impressive lead over Manchester City – opinion

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Liverpool’s mentality monsters have already put Manchester City under immense pressure

Turn your minds back to the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. We returned from a decent showing at the Camp Nou with a 3-0 deficit.

The Reds could have given up on that and concentrated on the Premier League. But we pulled off an epic comeback to smash the Catalans 4-0 in the second leg.

Jurgen Klopp couldn’t hold back the emotions and branded the players as “mentality monsters” after the epic night at Anfield (h/t Mirror).

The Reds also were coming off an important 3-2 win over Newcastle a few days prior, with Origi scoring a late winner.

Klopp’s mentality monsters had put in some great performances last season, but our ability to keep going until the end got us some important wins. The one against Everton at Anfield is still fresh in the memory, and not to forget the own goal that Tottenham conceded too.

Those wins were lucky as we kept teams under pressure, and this attitude of playing till the end is the difference between Manchester City and us this season.

Pushing teams till the breaking point

Liverpool were at it again with their pressure on the opposition during the clash against Leicester.

The Reds were pegged back in the 80th minute after James Maddison’s equaliser and even had to take off Mohamed Salah due to an injury.

Dejan Lovren battles for the ball

In normal circumstances, a draw against Leicester would not have been a poor result. They are one of the most improved teams in the league and we were tiresome after our Champions League excursions.

However, we kept pushing till the end and won a penalty. James Milner converted that with nerves of steel, and the Reds opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

Cut to Manchester City, and they have dropped unwanted points this season already. The 2-2 draw with Tottenham should have been an easy win for the Cityzens given the chances they created.

Similarly, on Sunday, they should have battered a tired Wolves coming back from Turkey in midweek.

Surprisingly, Wolves had the better chances in the first half and took a lead in the 80th minute. Instead of piling on the pressure and breaking them down to force them into make mistakes, it was City who were caught out again by Adama Traore.

Adama Traore celebrates after scoring against Manchester City

The difference between Liverpool and City this season has been huge in terms of attacking output. Pep Guardiola’s side regularly blow teams away but are becoming prone to succumbing under pressure.

They also can’t seem to push teams into making mistakes, something that we saw Dean Henderson of Sheffield United do a couple of weeks ago. We could have given up against Salzburg too after they came back from 3-0 down to 3-3 but we pushed on for the fourth goal and held on for all three points.

Against Chelsea, we did the same by holding on for the win despite the Blues putting us under tremendous pressure late on. City might end up with a mammoth goal difference compared to us, but they can’t overhaul us if we keep on winning.

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Liverpool have this incredible mentality of pushing on till the final whistle, and that has allowed us to a huge lead after just eight games into the season.

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Liverpool star garners interest from two Serie A clubs as contract runs out next season

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AC Milan and Lazio interested in Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana could be playing in the Serie A next season as two clubs are interested in the Englishman.

SempreMilan (h/t Liverpool Echo) claims that AC Milan and Lazio are keen on landing the 31-year-old.

Lallana has been on the fringes of the first-team since last season due to injuries. The Englishman has mostly been a substitute for us this campaign, with his only start coming in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons.

Harry Wilson celebrates a goal with Adam Lallana and Bobby Duncan

The midfielder is out of a contract at the end of the season and Liverpool could allow him to leave (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Lazio has been a happy hunting ground for a couple of our former players, with Luis Alberto and Lucas Leiva joining the Romans. Emre Can joined Juventus on a free transfer last year but it hasn’t gone all that well for him.

Time for a new chapter in Lallana’s life?

The Englishman will find it tough to feature in our starting XI even if he plays in a deeper role. Fabinho is excellent in his position while Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are trying to get more minutes.

Adam Lallana

Lallana’s fitness is a major concern and keeping him on the books doesn’t make a lot of sense. It would be better for him to play in a less strenuous league, and we could push a youngster in the team in place of the 31-year-old.

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The Englishman does have some great memories from his time here but his Anfield story could be coming to an end.

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“You deserve it”, “Music to my ears” – Several Liverpool fans pleased as key Reds star pens new contract extension

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Joel Matip signs new contract to extend stay at Liverpool

Liverpool confirmed that Joel Matip was the latest start to sign a new deal with the Premier League leaders.

The Cameroon defender joined from Schalke on a free transfer in 2016 and has been excellent over the past 12 months.

The 28-year-old has been consistent alongside Virgil van Dijk and has helped us become one of the best defences in Europe.

Joel Matip scores against Manchester City

The centre-back missed our last two games but was happy committing his future to the club (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):

“It’s a great feeling to be a longer part of the club. It’s really just a great feeling.”

Matip added that the Reds had a young team and are ready to win more trophies after landing the Champions League last season.

Back for the United game

The release from the club added that Matip should be ready to face Manchester United on Sunday, and we do need him.

Our defence hasn’t been all that tight this season, with Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren playing alongside Van Dijk in recent games.

Matip will provide us with more assurance at the back, and we should be the favourites for the clash at Old Trafford.

The Cameroon star has turned things around at Anfield and has replaced Dejan Lovren as the partner for Van Dijk.

Gomez was the partner for the Dutchman last season, and Matip didn’t let the opportunity slip when the English defender was out due to a fracture.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Roberto Firmino are some of the stars who have penned new deals in recent months at Anfield.

Many of our supporters were pleased at this news and here are some of the reactions from Twitter.

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Why copying Liverpool’s defence strategy is difficult for Manchester United or any other side – opinion

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Why United’s move for Harry Maguire was always destined to fail

Virgil van Dijk was the most expensive defender in the world and well, he did turn our fortunes around with some impressive performances.

From a leaky defence, we became the tightest unit last season, and that was the base for a fantastic campaign. The Reds were struggling at the back and landing Van Dijk worked out quite well, something which Manchester United did this summer.

The Red Devils splashed £80million on Harry Maguire to make him the most expensive defender in the world (h/t Express), however, things just haven’t worked out for them.

Michael Owen claimed that the move had failed since United didn’t have the same “calibre” of players as the Reds did (h/t Express). Maguire might be the most expensive defender in the world, but this move was always going to fail.

It isn’t only about the players at Liverpool

The Reds didn’t have the greatest set of defenders before Van Dijk’s arrival and his leadership qualities certainly have helped us at the back.

Things do look calmer here, but United also signed a quality right-back in Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer. They had decent options for the other spots while David de Gea is regarded as one of the best keepers in the world.

Virgil van Dijk

So why hasn’t it worked for them? And in all probability, it won’t work for others too.

It all goes down to the manager and the coaches we have. Take Van Dijk out of the defence and we have Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez as his partners.

Each defender has grown leaps and bounds under Klopp. Gomez was possibly the best centre-back last season before he picked up that fracture.

Matip came into his own during the second half of the previous campaign while Lovren was excellent in the 2-1 win over Leicester City.

Joel Matip scores against Manchester City

Our full-backs have been fine-tuned to fit into this system and they are possibly the best in the league.

Andy Robertson came from Hull City and took time to adjust to Jurgen Klopp’s demands. Trent Alexander-Arnold took time to become one of the most consistent right-backs in the league, and the pair is excellent when going into the attack.

It is true that our defence didn’t look that great when Van Dijk wasn’t around but the people behind the scenes also deserve credit for fixing things at the back.

Our entire system works together in getting the best out of the players and that is something which is not in place at most clubs.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t have toplevel experience and even after splashing big on Maguire, they still have a lot of work.

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Liverpool, on the other hand, have been excellent in their transfers over the years and our players are improving with each season under Klopp and co.

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