Liverpool putting their house in order before summer

The recent reports suggest that Liverpool FC are keen on further strengthening their backline after having signed Dutch international Virgil Van Dijk for £75 million in January this year. They are very keen on making a move for Dani Carvajal, the Real Madrid right-back.

He has emerged as the first choice everywhere for that particular position on the field, and has already appeared almost 200 times for the Galacticos. The attacking defender has also become a part of the Spanish national team, and his current contract runs until 2022.

Beyond the pros themselves, many people might also actually be punting on that possibility that Carvajal will join Liverpool on online betting sites like the Paddy Power football betting portal. The key to the ever-lucrative online sports betting industry is, as you may expect, all about making sure as many of the odds are in your favour as possible. And when it comes to a sport like football, where a single player could make all the difference between a smashing success and an embarrassing failure, putting your money on a win for your team can become entirely reliant on your team’s star players.

Jurgen Klopp is keenly looking forward to strengthening the right-back position of the Reds, as he prepares for a busy summer this year. This is mainly because of the ongoing injury problems surrounding Nathaniel Clyne. Owing to that, Klopp has had to resort to calling upon the young pair of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Carvajal hails from Leganes and has been in Madrid for quite some time after becoming the first-team regular, so the deal seems like a little way off right now. He joined Madrid from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 after one season in the Bundesliga.

The chase for Emre Can

In terms of one potential outgoing, Juventus need to wait until the summer to figure out if they have successfully managed to tempt Emre Can from Liverpool to Turin. The midfielder is out of contract this summer and everyone is expecting him to join Juventus on a free transfer. Some reports have suggested that the Reds are contemplating an extension, but Can has been insisting on a release clause, which is proving to be a roadblock in the deal.

Reports suggested the 24-year old midfielder already signed a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January, but is nevertheless keeping his options open.

Talking to the press Emre Can said: “Of course I have to think about my footballing future. I haven’t signed for any other club, I’m just focused on this season.

“We want to finish in second place in the Premier League, we’re in the Champions League quarter-finals and we want to progress. That’s all I’m focused on now. My agent has blocked all the negotiations, I’m thinking only of football.”

Can has so far scored 14 goals in his 162 appearances since joining Liverpool in 2014.

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Incoming Thomas Lemar?

Going by the French press, Liverpool could be all set to finalise a highly important transfer of midfielder Thomas Lemar. Le10Sport, a France-based popular sports portal reported that the 22-year old midfielder from Monaco is expected to move to Anfield. All signs suggest that Liverpool have finally won that race.

Apparently, Monaco had been holding out and were expecting a bid in the vicinity of £88 million. As per the French publication, the deal is almost final.

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Premier League Predictions: Week 3 – Liverpool and Arsenal to produce goals, while Spurs can finally end Wembley hoodoo

Premier League Predictions: Week 3 – The third weekend of action is upon us. The 2017/18 Premier League campaign is off to a flyer, with only three sides able to pick up maximum points through the opening two games. Manchester United are the early pace-setters but Huddersfield and West Brom have also won both games, without conceding a single goal.

The season’s first international break will come into effect after this weekend’s matches, so it’s important for teams to try and head into the break off the back of a positive result. There is also the small matter of transfer deadline day looming. Results this weekend could yet decide which clubs are forced to dip into the market before the window slams shut next Thursday.

The standout fixture this weekend takes place at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Liverpool welcome Arsenal in what should be a great contest. That is one of four games on Sunday, with six taking place on Saturday. Bournemouth and Manchester City get the weekend up and running on Saturday lunchtime.

Read on for predicted scores in all ten of Week 3’s Premier League fixtures below…

Bournemouth 0-3 Manchester City

Many expected Manchester City to come out firing this season. Their 2-0 win at Brighton was comfortable. But their home opener against Everton was anything but. Pep Guardiola’s team looking stronger on paper, but must ensure they put games to bed, considering the number of chances they create. Bournemouth have started the campaign with back-to-back defeats. They have yet to score a Premier League goal and you’d expect Jermain Defoe to come into the starting lineup on Saturday. Regardless of if he does, City should bounce back with a win here.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Swansea

Crystal Palace haven’t started the season well. They have lost both of their opening games and are sitting 19th. They did however put in a strong performance last weekend, narrowly losing to Liverpool. Swansea are another side looking for their first win of the new season. They have one point on the board, but come into this one having suffered a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United. Low-scoring draw looks likely.

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Huddersfield 2-1 Southampton

Huddersfield have surprised everyone with the way they’ve started life in the Premier League. They’ve won both games without conceding a goal and look comfortable in the top flight. Southampton will arguably give them their toughest test yet, but there’s no reason why the Terriers can’t stay unbeaten heading into the international break. Southampton have looked far from convincing under new manager Mauricio Pellegrino. A 0-0 draw at Swansea was followed by a nervous 3-2 win over 10-man West Ham last week. A 2-0 home loss to Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night proved their vulnerabilities. Huddersfield could well make it three wins from three…

Newcastle 2-2 West Ham

The Toon Army have returned to the Premier League in unfavourable form. They have lost their first two and the problems for Rafa Benitez’s side are there for all to see. West Ham prop up the table having conceded a league-high seven goals. We expect both sides to pick up their first points of the season here and given that neither look capable of defending at this stage, expect goals.

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Watford 2-1 Brighton

Brighton have struggled in their opening two games, losing both matches 2-0 to Manchester City and Leicester. The trip to Watford offers them their best chance of picking up their first points of the campaign. However, the Hornets look good under new manager Marco Silva. They played Bournemouth off the park last Saturday. If they can play like that here, Brighton are unlikely to get up and running.

Manchester United 4-0 Leicester

It may look a bold prediction on paper, but why not? Manchester United have been in free goal-scoring form in their opening two. Jose Mourinho’s side look incredibly ruthless and morale is high in the camp. Leicester City have started brightly, but Old Trafford is going to be a fortress this season and United may well steamroll for their third 4-0 win in a row.

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Chelsea 1-1 Everton

Chelsea bounced back from their opening weekend loss to Burnley in impressive fashion. They defended well against Spurs and took their two chances well. It’s hard to know which Chelsea will turn up on Sunday, but Everton will be no pushovers. They impressed in their 1-1 draw at Man City on Monday. Ronald Koeman’s men look like a strong unit and will be desperate to break into the top six this season. A strong showing at the reigning champions would reaffirm those hopes.

West Brom 2-0 Stoke

West Brom are early season high-flyers. They have won both their games 1-0 and are one of only three who have not conceded. Stoke picked up a classy win over Arsenal last weekend but know this is going to be a tough game against a side brimming with confidence. We expect West Brom to continue their good run of form and remain difficult to breakdown at the back.

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Tottenham 2-0 Burnley

Tottenham’s Wembley woes continued with that 2-1 loss to Chelsea last weekend. Although Mauricio Pochettino was quick to dismiss claims the stadium is the problem. Spurs played well but must take their chances to prove that they can handle playing at their temporary home. Burnley have already enjoyed a trip to London this season. They stunned Chelsea on opening weekend but proved their vulnerable as they fell 1-0 to West Brom last week. This could be closer than many expect but ultimately Spurs should prevail.

Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

The standout fixture of the weekend. Liverpool come into it having overcome Crystal Palace. They remain unbeaten but have conceded three in two. Arsenal have looked troubled in defence. While they have picked up three points they have shown similar weaknesses that Arsene Wenger desperately needs to address before the window closes. Expect goals in an entertaining game from two sides who need to improve.

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Coutinho to Barca? Three reasons why Liverpool need to stand firm

Philippe Coutinho’s future at Liverpool has been cast into doubt as Barcelona are ready to splash the cash on the Brazilian. The La Liga giants have already had a £72 million bid rejected, but they’ll do whatever they can to bring Coutinho to Barca this summer.

An improved £80 million bid is being lined up, according to the Daily Mirror, so this could well be a transfer saga that lasts for the remainder of the window.

Barcelona have long been admirers of Coutinho. Many feel he is the perfect man to replace Andres Iniesta at the Nou Camp. But it’s Neymar’s potential world-record move to PSG that has accelerated the chase for the Liverpool playmaker.

Paris Saint-Germain are seemingly set to trigger Neymar’s £196m release clause, shattering the transfer record by £107m. That would leave Barcelona with a big void to fill in their squad, but a lot of money to fill it with.

But no matter what, Liverpool won’t want to lose their star attacker. Here are three reasons Liverpool need to hold on to Coutinho this summer:

1. ‘Not a selling club’

The club have insisted they are “not a selling club” and won’t be forced to sell. Jurgen Klopp made that very clear after news of the initial bid surfaced. He spoke directly to Coutinho about the issue during the team’s preseason tour at the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, and he believes the Reds have no reason to part ways with the Brazilian.

It’s now crucial for Liverpool to stand by that statement. Their fans will be concerned with interest from a club as big as Barca. But if Liverpool want to continue improving, as they have made clear, they must stand by their word.

2. A worrying trend following big sales

Liverpool’s three biggest sales in club history are Fernando Torres, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez. All three were sold over the past seven seasons, but the Reds have tended to struggle after losing key men.

In Torres’s final season at Anfield, Liverpool finished 6th. The following season, they finish 8th. In Luis Suarez’s final season at the club, Liverpool hand one hand on the 2013/14 Premier League title before a late collapse saw them finish runners-up. After he left for Barcelona in the summer of 2014, Liverpool went on to finish 6th. That was in Raheem Sterling’s final season. Then, after he departed for Man City Liverpool ended up finishing 8th in the first season without him.

The trend is that Liverpool have worse seasons after losing star players. Yes, that will be the case for most clubs. Yes, it’s difficult to build once a star man has left. But some clubs cope, Liverpool have so far proven they cannot. Losing Coutinho to Barca would be potentially disastrous for what Klopp is building.

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3. Irreplaceable

The reason the Coutinho to Barca rumours have picked up so much pace is because there are arguably very few, if any suitable replacements for Neymar at the Nou Camp. Coutinho is excellent on the ball. He is highly versatile. He has the ability to beat a man with ease. And he is as good at finding the back of the net as he is a teammate. Barcelona know that he would be well suited to replacing the goals and assists Neymar provides.

So if Liverpool were to sell, there is no obvious answer as to who they’d bring in as his replacement. Yes, they’d have a big stack of cash to spend. But given the inflated prices during the current transfer window, Liverpool would likely have to settle for someone a lot less talented that Coutinho if they needed to replace him.

Premier League Predictions: Hull to take another step towards safety, Man Utd set for tricky Burnley test

The FA Cup semi-finals mean there are only six Premier League games this weekend but that doesn’t mean the action is any less important, with some crucial twists and turns at the bottom end of the table certain to take place.

Hull City host Watford on Saturday afternoon, while Swansea know they need to take three points from their home clash with Stoke City at the same time. Manchester United and Liverpool can keep their top four hopes alive on Sunday, with United visiting Burnley before Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield. Read on for all our Gameweek 34 predictions…

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Bournemouth may have got beaten 4-0 at Spurs last weekend but they have won two of their last three at home – both to sides below them in the table. It’s been eight months since Middlesbrough won an away game and they can’t score goals either. They know they have to win this game to keep any kind of survival hope alive beyond the weekend, but it’s difficult to see them leaving the south coast with anything on Saturday.

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Hull 2-1 Watford

Hull have been making progress in their battle against the drop and are outside the bottom three. Watford have easily secured Premier League football for next season and have little to play for, so a home win is a likely result.  

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Swansea 3-2 Stoke

This really is a must-win game for Stoke. It is the same story every single week at the moment but with Hull also playing at home on Saturday afternoon, the Swans need to get a result. Stoke beat Hull 3-1 last weekend but have lost four of their last five away games in the Premier League and don’t need this as much as the hosts. There could be goals here, but the Swans must ensure they edge it to boost their survival hopes with a month to go.

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West Ham 1-2 Everton 

West Ham have a squad riddled with injury and suspensions but are comfortably sitting in mid-table. They’ve only won once in their last six and the visit of Everton this weekend is going to be a tough ask. Romelu Lukaku has made light work of just about any opposition defence this season and this should be a winnable game for the Toffees if he is on form. 

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Burnley 1-1 Manchester United

Manchester United will guarantee a top four finish if they win each of their remaining league games. However, with a Europa League semi-final to prepare for and a mounting injury list at a crucial stage of the season, Jose Mourinho knows that the team’s priorities lie elsewhere.Burnley are still one of the league’s strongest sides at home and have actually won more points in front of their own fans that United have managed at Old Trafford this season. Score draw.

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Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace 

Liverpool have to continue to grind out wins like last weekend to ensure they finish in the top four this season. Crystal Palace aren’t completely out of trouble yet but should be able to avoid being pulled into a relegation battle considering some of their recent results. Liverpool to win again with a clean sheet. 

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Premier League Predictions: Liverpool set for derby glory, City to pile misery on Arsenal

The international break is over. Premier League football is back and what a weekend we have in store, starting with the Merseyside Derby on Saturday lunchtime and ending with a huge game at the Emirates as Arsenal welcome Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

There are also crucial clashes at the bottom of the table, with Swansea hosting Middlesbrough on Sunday after Watford face struggling Sunderland on Saturday afternoon. It should be another thrilling weekend of action so read on for all our Gameweek 30 predictions…

Liverpool 3-2 Everton 

The Merseyside Derby is always a big occasion and that will be no different on Saturday. Liverpool need to win this to keep their top four hopes alive and should be able to edge past an Everton team who have only won one of their last five away games in the Premier League. The Toffees are unlikely to end their 18-year winless run at Anfield here.

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Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace 

Premier League leaders Chelsea are ten points clear of the chasing pack. They face a Crystal Palace side who are looking to grind out results to ensure their survival. The Blues know what they need to do to win the league from here on it and Antonio Conte will expect nothing less than a win.

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Burnley 0-1 Tottenham 

Burnley have made Turf Moor a fortress this season. They have the fifth-best home record in the top flight but are facing a Spurs side that are still fighting for Champions League football. Tottenham haven’t been great away from home, winning just two of their last ten on the road in the Premier League but should be able to win by the odd goal here.

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Hull 2-2 West Ham 

Hull City come into this tie off the back of a 4-0 thumping before the international break. West Ham are going through a difficult patch so Hull will see this as a game they have to pick up points in. Unless The Tigers can put a string a positive results together they look set for the drop. Score draw.

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Leicester 3-0 Stoke

Leicester have been resurgent since Craig Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri and the Foxes don’t look set to slow down here. They have won four in a row in all competitions and have rediscovered their goalscoring form. Stoke on the other hand can’t seem to score on the road, having failed to do so in their last three away games. Should be a routine home victory.

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Manchester United 2-0 West Brom 

Jose Mourinho knows his side have to win this game. West Brom shocked everyone before the international break with a stunning 3-1 win over Arsenal but a winning two on the bounce is a big ask. United are still pushing hard for a top four finish and they look capable of doing so.

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Watford 1-1 Sunderland 

This is a massive game for Sunderland if they are to keep their survival hopes intact. They need to start winning games to have any chance of pulling off another great escape but they haven’t scored in four games and are taking on a Watford side that have only lost one of their last five at home. It should be tense and we can’t see either side leaving with all three points.

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Southampton 3-1 Bournemouth 

Southampton host Bournemouth in a south-coast derby on Saturday evening and will be looking to keep their unbeaten home record against the Cherries going. Bournemouth have lost four of their last five away games but having been scoring goals. The Saints won the reverse fixture 3-1 and the same scoreline could well be on the cards here.

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Swansea 2-0 Middlesbrough 

This is a huge game at the bottom of the league. Swansea are working their way towards safety under the guidance of Paul Clement but there is still plenty of work to be done as they are just three points above the drop zone. Middlesbrough look destined for a return to the Championship unless they can turn their fortunes around. They’ve won the least amount of games in the league this season, just four.

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Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City 

The pressure is on Arsene Wenger to deliver in this one. His Arsenal side have lost four of their last five Premier League games and face a continually improving Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side are 12 points off the top and will be looking to keep chasing with a win here. They haven’t conceded in their last three away league outings.

Do Liverpool hold the key in Hazard’s Chelsea departure with attempt to sign €80m Madrid star?

Liverpool could potentially play a key role in Eden Hazard leaving Chelsea at the end of the season as they are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez, so long as they qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The Colombian has been in and out of the Madrid side since joining for a whopping €80 million in 2014, but Los Blancos may well entertain offers for him this summer in a bid to fund a potential world-record transfer for Hazard.

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It’s no secret the Chelsea man is wanted by Real. Many have dubbed him a ‘Real Madrid sort of player’ and with the current state of the transfer market in mind this could be the first fee to reach over £100m.

Madrid have broken transfer records to land Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and are unlikely to hesitate doing the same thing to bring Hazard to the Bernabeu this summer.

Chelsea are not a club renowned for selling their top players but have been making a name for themselves with the business they’ve been doing over the last few seasons in terms of selling stars they no longer need for big money. While Hazard certainly doesn’t fall into that category it shows if the right price is offered they could agree to sell him.

An offer of the sort of value that is being spoken about would no doubt be tempting for any club, no matter how good the player is and it would provide Chelsea with the purchasing power to sign a like-for-like replacement and potentially break even.

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Jurgen Klopp looks set to be preparing for the possibility of life after Philippe Coutinho, who is heavily tipped for a move to Barcelona in the coming months, so the potential purchase of Rodriguez would almost definitely have a knock-on effect across Europe.

One thing is for sure, if Real Madrid want Hazard they will do everything possible to get him. They’ve got a history of splashing huge amounts of cash on players and would no doubt be willing to spend whatever it takes to get their man, even if they were to keep hold of Rodriguez.

Will Rodriguez join Liverpool? Is Hazard on his way out of Chelsea?

How Liverpool could benefit from Barcelona swap deal if Coutinho leaves this summer

Barcelona are not giving up hope of luring Liverpool’s star playmaker Philippe Coutinho to the Nou Camp this summer, despite the fact the 24-year-old Brazilian penned a new five-year contract in January.

Coutinho became the Reds’ highest-paid player just a couple of months ago but it has done little to stop Barca from pursuing his signature as they look to strengthen this summer.

The Liverpool star is seen as an ideal replacement for Iniesta, who is approaching the end of his career and has yet to sign a new deal with the Catalan giants.

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Liverpool fans won’t want to imagine life without Coutinho at Anfield. His creativity is a huge asset to the side as he can operate behind the striker or out on the left wing, thriving in both roles under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds will need even more depth next season as they prepare for life back in Europe – whether that be the Champions League or Europa League – so losing Coutinho is a scenario Klopp will be trying not to think about.

But if the player wants to link up with former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez, Brazilian pal Neymar and Lionel Messi it will be difficult to keep him. But there is still a way Liverpool could benefit from the loss of their No.10 as Barca could allow their own 24-year-old Brazilian playmaker to depart in the coming months.

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Rafinha is reportedly being chased by Arsenal, Juventus and most interestingly Liverpool as he has been unable to nail down a guaranteed starting place with Barca. He has played 27 times in all competitions this season but has only started 17 of those matches and his chances of bettering that tally would be significantly hampered if Coutinho were to join the club this summer.

Barca would be willing to let Rafinha leave if the right offer came in, just as they did with his brother Thiago Alcantara who joined Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich in 2013. Liverpool would surely move to the front of the queue for Rafinha if the two clubs were already in discussions regarding Coutinho.

16/17 League Stats
Appearances
Goals
Assists
Chances Created Per 90 Mins
Pass Accuracy
Coutinho
22
6
5
2.67
83%
Rafinha
17
6
2
1.18
92%

Both Rafinha and Coutinho have scored six league goals this season, with the Liverpool ace picking up three more assists. Although he has played five more games and has racked up 523 more minutes than the Barca man.

Coutinho creates more chances for his teammates per 90 minutes than Rafinha, although his passing accuracy isn’t as good, with the Barca academy product only misplacing 39 passes in La Liga all season.

Losing Coutinho would undoubtedly worry Reds fans but if they can negotiate a swap deal with Barcelona for Rafinha they could still be in a position to challenge at the top end of the Premier League next season. They would also be able to free up some space on the wage bill to pursue other targets as they prepare for a busier schedule in the 2017/18 campaign.

Would Rafinha be a good replacement for Coutinho at Liverpool if Barcelona come in for the Reds star this summer?

Jurgen Klopp needs to sign this goalkeeper and centre-back for Liverpool this summer

Liverpool continued their impressive record against sides in the top half of the Premier League at the weekend with their draw away at Manchester City, but their inconsistent form throughout the season has threatened their chances of finishing in the top four. Fans and pundits alike have called for Jurgen Klopp to tighten up his defence by signing a new goalkeeper and world-class defender in the summer. Are these two players the ideal fit for the Reds?

Joe Hart

The England international has found himself exiled from Pep Guardiola’s plans and it seems unlikely he will feature for City in the future. A whole host of clubs will be battling it out to sign the experienced Premier League winner but Liverpool need him more than most.

Hart’s winning mentality and consistent outstanding performances at the highest level will give the Liverpool defence more confidence. He has had – and has overcome – critics in the past and his own self-belief is exactly what makes him a top ‘keeper. Hart dominates his penalty area and commands his defenders into the position he wants them. A leader on and off the field would no doubt push Liverpool in the right direction.

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Kostas Manolas

The Roma centre-back is making a name for himself in one of the toughest defences in Europe. The Italian side have conceded just 26 goals in 29 Serie A games this season and Manolas is being linked with a move to many of Europe’s elite clubs in the coming months. Liverpool are reported to be interested in his services and he would certainly add some steel to their defence.

Klopp’s defence is lacking a leader and Manolas has captaincy potential. At just 25 he has the best part of eight years to play at the top and by signing him Liverpool would have no trouble attracting other players who would love the chance to form a formidable centre-back partnership with the Greek international.

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Will Liverpool sign Hart and Manolas? Who would you like to see Klopp bring in to improve his defence in the summer?

Three reasons Liverpool will secure a top four finish this season

Liverpool kept their impressive unbeaten record against the league’s top sides intact with a 1-1 draw at Manchester City earlier today and remain in fourth place with nine Premier League matches to play.

The Reds are four points clear of Manchester United in fifth and six clear of Arsenal in sixth but their chasing rivals both have two games in hand to try and close that gap. Jurgen Klopp’s men still have a huge challenge on their hands if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League but they have three big reasons to be optimistic.

1. No distractions

Liverpool’s nine remaining league games are the only matches they have left to play in all competitions this season. That means they have maximum time to prepare for each game and will be able to play full strength sides in every fixture. Roberto Firmino returned to the team at Man City on Sunday, while Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge should be fit again by the time Everton come to Anfield on April 1, so Liverpool have all their key men available for the final stretch.

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In stark contrast, Manchester United still have a minimum of 13 games to play as a result of their Europa League commitments, while they could play as many as 16 more if they reach the final of that competition – something many expect them to do. Arsenal still have 11 Premier League games to play and also have an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City to contend with. The fact that Liverpool have only one competition to focus on should give them an advantage in the run-in.

2. Goalscoring form

Klopp’s side are the league’s top scorers, having netted 61 times in 29 games so far – an average of 2.1 per game. Not only does that make them the most threatening team in the division, it also means they have a strong chance of having superior goal difference to their nearest rivals. Only Chelsea and Spurs have better goal difference than the Reds at this stage and they will look to keep it that way as they battle with both Manchester clubs as well as Arsenal for the final remaining Champions League spots.

The Reds have only failed to score in one of their last 17 league games and will fancy their chances of outscoring each of their remaining nine opponents until the end of the season.

3. Home comforts

Liverpool will play five of their remaining league fixtures at Anfield, where they have only lost one game all season. The Reds have the fourth best home record in the division this season and have back-to-back home clashes against Everton and Bournemouth coming up after the international break to try and solidify their position in the top four. They are unbeaten in four at home, winning three of those, and have played Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal in that stretch.

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Their remaining home fixtures see them face just two sides who currently sit in the top ten in Everton and Southampton, while they will be expected to beat Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough. They have easier home games remaining that Manchester United and Arsenal, who have to play each other at the Emirates Stadium on May 6 in what will prove to be a pivotal match in the race for the top four.

Do you think Liverpool will secure a top four spot in the Premier League this season?

Has the red carpet been laid for Liverpool’s top four push?

Liverpool took another huge stride to finishing in the top four this season after coming from behind to take all three points against Burnley. The Reds remain 4th on 55 points five, ahead of Arsenal in 5th, but The Gunners do have two games in hand.

It’s no secret that Liverpool have underperformed against the sides in the lower half of the table, losing five of those 11 games. In stark contrast Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten against the top ten, so will they be in the top four at the end of the season?

Over the course of the last five seasons the average points tally to finish 4th is 71. Liverpool need just 16 points from their final ten games to equal that number. So let’s see if they can manage 70+ points from their remaining fixtures based on how they fared in those games earlier in the season.

Liverpool’s remaining fixtures:

Manchester City (A) – Reverse Result: W
Everton (H) – Reverse Result: W
Bournemouth (H) – Reverse Result: L
Stoke (A) – Reverse Result: W
West Brom (A) – Reverse Result: W
Palace (H) – Reverse Result: W
Watford (A) – Reverse Result: W
Southampton (H) – Reverse Result: D
West Ham (A) – Reverse Result: D
Middlesbrough (H) – Reverse Result: W

Above we can see the ten games Liverpool have left to play followed by the result in the reverse fixture. In those games they picked up 23 points, if they are to replicate that form they will finish the season on 78, which based on the average of the last five Premier League seasons would be enough to finish in the top four.

Obviously there is little chance that the results will be identical but what’s encouraging for Liverpool is they remain on course to finish in the top four, something that was a hope more than an expectation at the start of the season.

Do you think Liverpool can make the top four?