🔴 EOTK INSIDER 🔴: Liverpool tipped to be in the running for Premier League joint-top scorer... and more! ✍️
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It’s Friday and Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are sitting in the Champions League spots for the first time in three months - yes, you read that correctly!
In similar (though not entirely identical) circumstances to our final Premier League clash of the 2016/17 campaign, we’ll host Crystal Palace at a 10,000 strong Anfield, needing a win to put the pressure on fellow top four hopefuls Leicester City.
How things have changed from when we thought we were fighting just for Mo Salah’s opportunity to secure a golden boot and merely an outside chance of European football!
A remarkable trio of victories - including a first win at Old Trafford for Klopp on his seventh try, not to mention the successful navigation of two typical banana-slip fixtures in West Brom and Burnley - ensured our return to the heralded top four spots.
As the pressure mounted, Liverpool well and truly rose to the occasion, slotting away 11 efforts in our last four to make up for the dour score draws we’ve been subjected to prior.
Remarkably, after all the criticism, and gleeful chitters of our rivals across the M62, aimed our way, a win on Sunday could see us climb further to within two points of Manchester United, results depending.
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According to the former Spurs boss, Liverpool are one of the three potential sides Harry Kane could end up at this summer if he leaves the struggling London outfit. He’s a player we certainly wouldn’t mind at Anfield but to say it’s an unlikely transfer would probably still be far too hopeful as far as our summer plans are concerned.
The on-loan centre-half has enjoyed a promising half-season on loan, deputising in the backline alongside Nathaniel Phillips for first-choice duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. Available on an option-to-buy of £18m, Liverpool’s recruitment team will no doubt be considering the Turkey international as a potential additional defensive option this summer. It all depends on whether Ibrahima Konate is deemed enough…
The dream of being reunited with Ronald Koeman at Barcelona may be over for Gini but, as they say, when one door closes, another opens. Of the two options, considering the Catalan outfit’s current struggles, we know which one we’d be going for in his shoes.
Though the potential transfer of Jadon Sancho to long-term admirers Manchester United seems something of a foregone conclusion, the Englishman’s fate is far from being decided. With Liverpool having earned an opportunity to hold onto their status as a Champions League club, the link between the Borussia Dortmund star and the Reds is one worth exploring.
And last but not least…
It’s a double dose of Gini news, as the midfielder looks set to potentially play his last game for Liverpool against Crystal Palace on Sunday. It’s not quite the dream ending for the No.5, though perhaps a fitting one for a player who has proven a vital component of Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League and Premier League-winning squads. What a farewell the Dutchman could issue to Reds fans by helping the side qualify for Europe’s premier competition on the final game of the season!