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3 Reasons Why Liverpool Have Succeeded This Season

Timothy Aiyeku

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Liverpool have been an unstoppable force and an immovable entity this season especially in the Premier League where the Merseysiders have made their way to the Premier League summit in record-breaking fashion.

The Reds have not lost any league game this season after 25 attempts and their last defeat happened over a year ago at the home of long-term title rivals Manchester City.

The Citizens are the champions for the last two seasons and they were responsible for the last Premier League defeat suffered by Liverpool via a 2-1 home win in January 2019.

Since that defeat at the Etihad Stadium at the start of last year, Liverpool have gone 43 games without a loss in the competition.

Liverpool have won 24 and drawn only one from 25 league outings to take them to 73 points and 22 points ahead of nearest challengers Manchester City.

The Liverpool first team has suffered one defeat all season and that was in the first game of their Champions League campaign this term as they bid to win the European competition for the second successive season.

The other defeat this season was in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals when Klopp left the match at Aston Villa for the youth team due to their 2020 FIFA Club World Cup commitment.

A youthful Liverpool team were on the end of a 5-0 thrashing at Aston Villa who has since booked a final date with defending champions Manchester City in the final at the start of next month.

Let’s examine the three main reasons behind the phenomenal Liverpool form this season:

1. Klopp Factor

The Liverpool manager has been the brain behind the successes recorded at the club in the past months. His focus is on the collective and the German tactician has been able to foster a strong team spirit amongst his players as a result. Liverpool have won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA World Club Cup in the last eight months on the back of a seven-year trophy drought.

2. Solid Defence

The Liverpool defence has been the bedrock of the successes achieved by the Merseyside giants in the last two seasons. Liverpool have the best defensive record in the league this season with 15 goals conceded in 25 games.

3. Fearsome Attack

The fearsome attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have been the key to the Liverpool form in the Premier League this season.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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EPL: Liverpool Legend Gives Verdict On Klopp Selling Salah This Summer

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has given his verdict on the news that manager Jurgen Klopp could sell star forward Mohamed Salah in the summer as he bids to add new players to the Reds attack.

The former Reds defender was surprised that Liverpool will think about selling Mohamed Salah who’s the topscorer at the club this season.

Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool won’t sell Salah this summer before adding that Klopp will sign new players to improve his frontline ahead of next season.

It had been reported that Liverpool wants to sign both Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner.

Jadon Sancho plays his club football for Champions League last 16 recipient Borussia Dortmund, while Timo Werner plays his club football for another Champions League last 16 recipient in RB Leipzig.

Liverpool have been linked with the club-record £120m swoop of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund as the Reds want the young England international to return to the Premier League.

On his part, Timo Werner will set Liverpool back to the tune of £42m for his transfer from RB Leipzig to England next season.

The two players would cost around £162m and the possible sale of Mohamed Salah could fund the two transfers.

Timo Werner is also a target for both Chelsea and Manchester United though the petite German striker is said to favour a move to join Jurgen Klopp and his players at Anfield.

Jadon Sancho is also in the same situation with Chelsea and Manchester United also interested in him. He was a Premier League Player at Manchester City before his exit three years ago.

Liverpool are clearly not ready to relax despite a spectacular league season that has seen the Reds fail to win just one game. They have a 22-point lead over the chasing pack in the league with 11 games left.

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Liverpool Leading Man Utd In 21-year-old Midfielder Pursuit

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Premier League table toppers Liverpool have stepped up their interest in one of the best young players in the top flight of English football.

Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell has been a revelation for the Canaries in the league this season and Liverpool are keen to sign him when the summer transfer window reopens later this year.

Liverpool are not the only Premier League team interested in the 21-year-old English midfielder.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are all keen on Todd Cantwell according to The Athletic.

Liverpool have been in sparkling form in the Premier League this season but that has not stopped plans for new players ahead of next season. The Reds have already signed one player this year.

Japanese international Takumi Minamino signed for Liverpool on the first day of this year following his transfer from Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Liverpool paid his £7.25m release clause to secure his signing from the Europa League campaigners.

Takumi Minamino was an obvious absentee at the weekend during the Premier League clash at Norwich City. He was omitted for tactical reasons.

Todd Cantwell impressed a great deal for Norwich City during that game but it was not enough as his team lost narrowly to Liverpool who are miles ahead of all the other teams in the league.

Sadio Mane came off the bench to score the only goal of the game in the second half of the game.

The Senegalese international star had missed the last two games because of a muscle injury.

Apart from Todd Cantwell, Liverpool have also been linked with a move for players like RB Leipzig attacker Timo Werner and the Norwich City teammate of Todd Cantwell, Max Aarons.

Liverpool have 25 more points than their nearest challengers Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

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Raheem Sterling Finally Makes Decision On Man City Future

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Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling has made a decision on his future at the Etihad Stadium amidst the transfer links involving Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.

The future of Raheem Sterling at Premier League champions Manchester City is in doubt after the Citizens were slammed with a European ban for flouting Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Manchester City have been suspended from European competitions for the next two years and that has led to doubts over the future of their players.

Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have all been linked with moves away from the club after the announcement of the aforementioned European ban.

The agent of Raheem Sterling has now doused the tension surrounding the European ban.

According to his agent Aidy Ward, the future of former Liverpool player Raheem Sterling is at Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling is presently out of action after the injury he sustained during their last Premier League game.

He suffered a muscle injury during the 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

According to Pep Guardiola, Raheem Sterling could be in line for a return when Manchester City travel to the King Power Stadium this weekend to face Leicester City.

Sterling will definitely miss the West Ham United game on Wednesday night as a result of the injury.

The fixture was initially billed for nine days ago before it was called off due to extreme weather conditions.

Manchester City players are not the only ones linked with an exit from the club as manager Pep Guardiola is also said to be a target for Italian champions Juventus.

Pep Guardiola has just one year left on his Manchester City deal at the moment and he could still leave the club in the summer with Juventus seriously interested in him rather than wait till the summer of 2021.

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RB Leipzig Delivers Update On Timo Werner Amid Liverpool Transfer

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German Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig have delivered a transfer update on star player Timo Werner amidst the interest from the Premier League.

RB Leipzig gave an update on the future of Timo Werner at the club through their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Olivier Mintzlaff.

According to him, Timo Werner will stay at the club and that the Champions League campaigners have not been in talks with Premier League leaders Liverpool as reported in the media.

Italian journalist Nicolo Schira had earlier stated that Liverpool are in talks to sign Timo Werner.

He disclosed that Liverpool want to wrap up the transfer for the German international before April when the £50m release clause in his RB Leipzig contract will expire.

Olivier Mintzlaff spoke about Timo Werner shortly after the German Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen on Saturday.

RB Leipzig secured the top spot on the league table with the 3-0 win at home to their opponents, though Timo Werner was not amongst the goalscorers.

Mintzlaff was quoted by TransferMarketWeb in relation to the possible transfer of Timo Werner.

The petite German international is also a major target for Chelsea and manager Frank Lampard who wants a strong competition for Tammy Abraham.

England international Tammy Abraham has been the first-choice striker at Chelsea and they have been overreliant on him.

Tammy Abraham has 15 goals in all competitions including 13 in the league.

Frank Lampard doesn’t fancy his backup options in that central striker department, both Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are the backup options at Chelsea but they have seen little action over the course of the season till date.

Timo Werner has scored 20 goals in the league for RB Leipzig this season plus two goals in the Champions League where they’ll face RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the competition later this week.

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EPL: Absence Of Takumi Minamino Explained

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Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino was an obvious absentee during the Premier League game at Norwich City on Saturday night.

Eyebrows were raised immediately it was evident that the Japanese international won’t be part of the Premier League Matchday 26 squad to face basement club Norwich City at Carrow Road.

The reason behind his omission has now been revealed by James Pearce who works for the Liverpool Echo.

According to him, Takumi Minamino was left out of the Liverpool squad for the Norwich City game for tactical reasons.

The Japanese attacker has not been able to impose himself on the Liverpool squad since his transfer to the club this year.

The absence of Takumi Minamino at Norwich City shows the strength of the squad at the disposal of Jurgen Klopp especially after a lot of his players returned to full fitness.

One of such players Sadio Mane was responsible for the only goal of the game as the Reds needed to dig deep to win the game at the expense of the Canaries.

Senegalese international Sadio Mane came off the bench to score the only goal of the game in the 78th minute.

The 1-0 win was enough to take Liverpool 25 points clear of Manchester City in second place. Manchester City are the Premier League champions having won it in each of the last two seasons.

Manchester City will lose their title to Liverpool unless there’s a monumental collapse on the part of the Reds.

Liverpool have won their last 17 league games since the goalless draw at the home of arch-rivals Manchester United.

In 26 Premier League games, Liverpool have dropped points in just one match.

Takumi Minamino is expected to get a Premier League winners medal even if he doesn’t play much football between now and the end of the current campaign.

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How Liverpool Scouted Marcelo Brozovic Revealed

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Liverpool have sent scouts to watch one of their transfer targets in action as they prepare to strengthen their squad despite their sensational exploits this season. The Reds have won all of their league games this season except one which was the 1-1 draw at the home of Manchester United.

The Reds have 73 points from the maximum 75 points this season and they have opened a 22-point lead over the chasing pack. Their numerous successes have not stopped Liverpool from trying to sign new and quality players.

According to the report from Italian news outlet Sempre Inter, Liverpool officials were in Milan to run the rule over Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic during the Milan Derby last weekend.

Croatian international Marcelo Brozovic was part of the team that reached the final at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia and he played his part as Inter Milan came from two goals down at the halftime interval to win the Milan Derby.

Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the last five minutes of the first half to give AC Milan a healthy lead at the halftime interval. Liverpool target Marcelo Brozovic started the fightback for Inter Milan in the second half.

Brozovic pulled a goal back at the start of the second half before goals from Mattias Vecino, Stefan De Vrij and Romelu Lukaku gave Inter Milan a 4-2 win over the Rossoneri.

Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic has two years left on his contract with the San Siro giants but the club wants to open contract talks with him to extend it by two more years.

He earns €3.2m annually at Inter Milan and the proposed contract will see the salary rise to €4.5m-€4.7m.

Marcelo Brozovic could follow international teammate Mateo Kovacic to the Premier League after the Chelsea star made his move to Stamford Bridge permanent last summer in a £40m deal.

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Where Will Timo Werner End Up Next Season? Liverpool Or Chelsea?

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RB Leipzig hitman Timo Werner has been one of the most in-form strikers on the European football stage and he’s a major target for two Premier League clubs.

Liverpool and Chelsea are the two English teams interested in the German international.

The next destination for Timo Werner this summer is far from certain and staying at RB Leipzig is another option for him but that’s highly unlikely.

Timo Werner has scored 25 goals for his German Bundesliga side in all competitions this season and it’s not surprising that several European clubs are on his trail.

The German attacker has 20 goals and six assists in 21 league games and he’s just behind Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the race for the Golden Boot at the end of this campaign.

In addition, Timo Werner has scored two goals and two assists in three German Cup games.

He was a key player for RB Leipzig as they secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League at the end of the group stage campaign last year. Werner scored three goals in six group stage games as RB Leipzig sealed a first knockout stage meeting with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

For now, Timo Werner has two major transfer options this summer: Chelsea and Liverpool. He has a £60m release clause in his RB Leipzig contract according to popular German newspaper Bild.

Earlier reports had stated that Timo Werner has reached an agreement with Liverpool over a transfer to the Merseyside club in the summer but that is wide off the mark. The Reds are still the favourites to sign him ahead of rivals Chelsea.

Liverpool is a more attractive club than Chelsea at the moment but his playing time is not assured at Anfield because of the front trio of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Timo Werner would certainly get more playing time at Stamford Bridge.

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The Real Reason Dani Ceballos Rejected Liverpool For Arsenal Revealed

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Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos has hinted that he turned down a move to Liverpool in favour of Arsenal in a chat with Spanish newspaper Marca.

The decision seems strange especially with the form of Liverpool who have won all but one of their 25 league games this season. The Reds have 24 victories and one draw from 25 matches thereby opening up a 22-point gap at the top of the table.

On the other hand, Dani Ceballos and his Arsenal teammates are languishing in a disappointing 10th place. The Gunners are struggling to qualify for Champions League next season.

Spanish international Dani Ceballos said that he turned down a move to Liverpool as he was not a right fit for the system played under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

The 23-year-old midfielder is on loan at Arsenal from Spanish giants Real Madrid having teamed up with former Gunners manager Unai Emery at the start of the season with no option for a permanent transfer.

Dani Ceballos was linked with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal last summer before he opted for the Gunners. According to the Spaniard, Unai Emery was key to his decision to swap Real Madrid for the Gunners.

He had a terrific home debut for Arsenal vs Burnley in August which ended in a 2-1 win for the hosts.

Arsenal beat the Clarets at home with Dani Ceballos getting the two assists for both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score but he has not been able to maintain that tempo at the North London side.

Ceballos scored his one and only goal for Arsenal till date during the Europa League win over Standard Liege FC of Belgium (4-0).

His progress at Arsenal was affected by a hamstring injury which kept him out for almost two months before his return to action at Bournemouth in the English FA Cup earlier this year.

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