We lost the Champions League final against Real Madrid last year and it was really painful. So, to lose back to back CL finals would be devastating for the Anfield faithful.
Nevertheless, on paper, Liverpool should be considered favorites going into the contest against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Overall, Klopp has got a stronger squad at his disposal as compared to his Argentine counterpart. The Reds did the double over the north Londoners in the Premier League. On the other hand, Liverpool only lost one game and Spurs were defeated on 13 occasions.
For now, we can only hope and pray for the club to bring home their sixth European Cup.
“Klopp is still the best manager I worked with, although I didn’t play a lot. He wanted fast players upfront. I understood his decision.”
Benteke was hired (July 2015) to be the main man under the management of Brendan Rodgers. He was unfortunate that the Northern Irish manager was sacked in October and Klopp was appointed as the head coach.
The German manager preferred the likes of Firmino and Origi in the No. 9 role and Benteke was mainly a bench warmer. Overall, he only started 14 league games for the Reds before leaving to join The Eagles in the summer transfer window of 2016.
Benteke was strong and great in the air and therefore, he was a good target man but he was slow and would have failed to excel in the free flowing attacking system of Klopp.
In the recently concluded PL season, he mainly missed the first half of the campaign due to a knee injury and could only play 16 games (scored just one goal).
In their press version, the renowned Spanish source have mentioned that a fee worth 30 million euros (£26.4million) would be enough to secure his signing.
The Real Sociedad center half has only made two appearances for the senior national team so far. In the recently concluded La Liga campaign, he had to face multiple injury concerns and could only make 21 appearances.
In the Premier League, Liverpool kept the highest number of clean sheets and conceded the fewest number of goals. So, there is not much room for improvement, especially in the starting XI.
In the full-back positions, the Reds do not have adequate back-up options and Klopp should act swiftly to strengthen the department in the summer transfer window.
As far as the central defense is concerned, Van Dijk and Matip have done brilliantly this season. Moreover, the likes of Gomez and Lovren are there as well.
Therefore, there is enough quality and depth in the central defense but if Liverpool are really interested in luring someone like Llorente, then I think that they should offload someone first.
In my view, Dejan Lovren is the most inconsistent central defender in our back-line. Every single time the Croatian steps on to the field, I fear that the team will concede, even when Van Dijk is there to guide and support him. The former Saints man is the oldest as well, he will turn 30 in July, so that is another good reason for him to be sacrificed in order to lure Llorente.
What do you think? Do Liverpool need to sign a central defender this summer?
Anfield has seen some of the most unbelievable comebacks in the history of the club and to be honest, Liverpool overcoming a three goal deficit against Barca is perhaps the biggest of them all.
The Catalan giants were the strongest on paper going into the first leg of the semi final clash vs Liverpool. The Reds dominated possession, missed crucial chances at the Nou Camp and were eventually punished by Barca, who won the contest 3-0.
However, in the second leg, the Merseysiders were unstoppable. They not only scored four goals against the Spanish giants but also made them look like an average team.
“We received a very hard blow in Liverpool, it was difficult to get up and we felt still hurt in the following games, it was a hard blow, really.”
Messi did manage to score a goal in the Copa final but Los Che eventually won the contest 2-1 to complete Barca’s misery. After losing, their star central defender, Gerard Pique, basically blamed Liverpool for the result.
Barca were after the treble but have now ended up with just the La Liga title and Pique believes that club would have won the treble if they had defeated Liverpool. The former Man Utd man claimed (Liverpool Echo):
“I believe that if we had gotten through at Liverpool, we would have won the treble, That is my feeling.
“We would have come here [to the Copa del Rey final] with a different mood, and I’m convinced we would have won the Champions League final, but that is football. We are really, really hurting.”
For Barcelona, the season is finally over but for Liverpool, the job is still not done as they need one more victory to lift the Champions League trophy again.
Liverpool will collide against Spurs in the Champions League final hoping to win their sixth European Cup.
The Reds were defeated by Real Madrid in the last year’s final and we do know that Klopp has already lost three European finals in his career. Will he be able to finally win the ultimate prize? Only time will tell.
In the Premier League, Liverpool defeated Tottenham both home and away but the north Londoners have played at a different level in the Champions League so the contest could be very intriguing.
In my opinion, here are the three key battles that may decide the outcome of the CL final:
Firmino vs Vertonghen/Alderweireld
Roberto Firmino could not feature in the second leg against Barca due to a muscle injury but he has recovered well and it will not come as any surprise to see him start vs Spurs.
The Brazilian international scored in both the PL contests against Tottenham and his movement and combination with the likes of Salah and Mane could provide to be vital.
The Belgian duo of Vertonghen and Alderweireld are two of the top central defenders in England and they have got to neutralize Firmino to stop Liverpool.
Fabinho vs Eriksen/Alli
In my opinion, Fabinho has been our signing of the season. We needed a solid defensive midfielder and the Brazilian international has proved to be a hit.
The former Monaco man was immense vs Barcelona in the Champions League and he should be responsible to stop the creative brilliance of quality players like Eriksen and Alli.
The Danish star has directly contributed in 27 goals this season and the England international provided two sublime assists to knock Ajax out of the competition.
Van Dijk vs Son
Virgil van Dijk has been our best player this season without doubt. Similarly, Son has been Tottenham’s best player. The South Korean star has excelled in the absence of Harry Kane and this season, he has so far scored 20 goals and provided 10 assists in 47 appearances.
Our Dutch superstar is arguably the best central defender in the world and he has been able to halt the best of attacks with his world class talent and leadership at the back. He needs to be at his best for Liverpool to win the trophy.
If reports in the media are anything to go by then Liverpool are surprisingly linked with Spanish international and Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos.
According to AS, the relationship between Florentino Perez and Ramos is completely broken and the superstar defender is looking to leave the Los Blancos.
The renowned Spanish media source have mentioned that the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United have contacted the player’s representatives in order to inquire about signing him. Moreover, there is interest from Juventus and China as well.
The veteran center half has won every major prize with Real Madrid and the Spanish national team and without a shadow of a doubt, he is still one of the best central defenders in the world, who would definitely improve our already fantastic defense.
The Reds only conceded 22 goals and had the best defensive record in the recently concluded Premier League campaign.
We have got a world class leader in the form of Van Dijk at the back and in all fairness, the idea of having the Dutch star with Ramos in the central defense is too mouth watering.
Like Van Dijk, Ramos is also brilliant in the attacking third. He has scored more goals than Barca legend Andres Iniesta in his career not just at club level but also for Spain. This season, the former Sevilla defender scored 11 goals in all competitions before getting injured last month.
There are a few concerns. His contract with Madrid will expire in 2021 and he will turn 34 next year. On the other hand, at the moment, he is earning £212,000-a-week (AS), which is more than Liverpool’s current highest earner, Mohamed Salah (£200,000-a-week as per Mirror Sport)
Last but not the least, Liverpool fans might not want to welcome the Spaniard. The defender was responsible for injuring our best player, Mohamed Salah, in the last year’s Champions League final. The notorious player also hit Karius so hard that the German goalie suffered concussion and played the worst game of his life to gift Madrid the European Cup.
Liverpool are considering 12 players to strengthen their attack in the summer transfer window and one of them is West Ham star Felipe Anderson (The Daily Mail).
The Brazilian international left Lazio to move to the Hammers last year and he had an impressive debut Premier League campaign.
The 26-year-old star featured in 36 PL fixtures, scored 9 goals and provided 4 assists. In the 2017-18 season, the Samba playmaker was mostly injured and could only start 14 games in all competitions for the Italian club, still, he managed to directly contribute in 16 goals (7 goals and 9 assists).
Liverpool have world class players like Salah, Mane and Firmino in their attacking third. However, they do not have adequate backup options available.
To cover for Salah on the right wing, we have Shaqiri, who has mostly warmed the bench in the second half of the campaign. Same goes for Origi, who has covered in the absence of Firmino.
As far as the left flank is concerned, I think that Klopp has not got a single natural winger to cover for Sadio Mane.
In such a scenario, someone like Anderson should be brought. The South American star can play in multiple offensive positions but mainly, he is a left winger.
In my view the major issue in luring him would be his massive price tag. West would surely want to hold on to their prized asset but they have a gentleman’s agreement that allows the player to leave for a fee of £75million (Bleacher Report).
Have your say – Should Klopp splash the cash to bring Anderson to Anfield?
If reports in the media are anything to go by then Liverpool will soon seal the signing of young Polish shot stopper Jakub Ojrzynski.
According to an exclusive story covered by Football Insider, the Reds have agreed personal terms with the 16-year-old goal keeper, who should secure his move to Anfield imminently.
Liverpool Echo have claimed that the Merseysiders have beaten competition from Manchester United, Juventus and Valencia to clinch the transfer of the teenage goalie. It is mentioned that the Reds are closing in on a deal worth £200,000 for the youngster.
The Reds splashed the cash to sign Alisson from Roma in the summer transfer window last year and the Brazilian goalie has been sensational in his first season at Anfield.
Simon Mignolet is currently the second choice shot stopper at the club. The Belgian has mostly warmed the bench since the arrival of Alisson and if he opts to leave this summer then Klopp must sign an adequate replacement.
Ojrzynski would obviously not compete for a place in the first team but he can push to earn a place in the club’s youth teams.
In the last campaign, he made 11 appearances for Legia Warsaw’s youth team. conceded 18 goals and kept only 3 clean sheets. As far as his international career is concerned, so far, the teenager has made two appearances for the U-16 Polish team.
It will be interesting to see how well Ojrzynski does at Liverpool but the fact that top European teams were interested in him clearly indicates that the boy has got serious talent. For the future, we can only hope for the best.
Real broke their transfer record to lure Bale in 2013 and last month, AS reported that the Los Blancos want 130 million euros (£114million) for the Welsh star, who currently earns net 15 million euros annually.
So, his price tag and wages are way too high and Liverpool are not renowned for spending big fees for players close to the age of 30.
As far as Liverpool’s attack is concerned, the likes of Firmino, Salah and Mane should regularly start next season as well and Klopp just needs to add more depth by luring a young versatile attacker, who would serve the club in the long run.
On his day, Bale can be world class. He scored two goals against us in the final of the Champions League last season. However, in the past few campaigns, he has mostly been on the treatment table and when fit, he has been inconsistent on the field.
It is evident that the speedy playmaker is past his best and it will be intriguing to see where he ends up in the summer transfer window. Not to forget, his current contract with the Spanish giants will expire in 2022.
Liverpool should improve the quality and depth of their strike-force in the summer transfer window and they are linked with two German forwards.
Few days back, Leipzig’s CEO confirmed that there is a possibility that Timo Werner could decide to join Klopp at Anfield (BuliNews). However, the focus of this post is not on the 23-year-old star. In fact, a new name is in the focus in the form of Max Kruse.
According to Sport1, the 31-year-old center forward is on Klopp’s radar and Liverpool have inquired about information on luring him.
At Anfield, Klopp has mainly used Firmino in the No.9 position but he does not run behind the defenders, instead, he most plays in the False No. 9 role.
In the backup, Liverpool have Sturridge, who is past his best and must be sold, and Origi, who has done well lately but overall, he is just OK. So, the depth must be improved.
Kruse is naturally a striker and he has proved to be effective in the role of a secondary striker as well.
The veteran star had an impressive campaign with Werder Bremen. In all competitions, he featured in 36 games and directly contributed in 26 goals (12 goals and 14 assists).
The Reds are not renowned for spending on players over the age of 30 and it must be noted that Kruse’s current contract with the Bundesliga club will expire at the end of next month. He is leaving and could be lured for free. So, I think signing a proven talent on a Bosman is not a bad option. What do you think?