Klopp sent Premier League warning, Liverpool told to wrap up deal for £65m star, Sterling has big Man City message for Liverpool
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Kevin Philipps has claimed Liverpool should make a move to try and sign Manchester United target Erling Haaland in the summer window.
United may be having a great run of results over the past few months, but there is still a massive feeling in the media that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to delve into that transfer kitty, spend some big money, and land a striker that could score 30-40 goals a season.
And there has been constant speculation in the media on a weekly basis, that United are still interested in trying to snap up the services of Haaland, who is easily regarded as one of the finest talents in the game, but has only just made the move to sign with Borussia Dortmund.
Twelve goals in just six starts in all competitions have followed and many of Europe’s top clubs are thought to be already circling – with United still hopeful of landing him in future.
He’s thought to have a £65million release clause that will kick in after the summer window, but Phillips believes Liverpool should not waste time in signing Haaland and deploy him in attack with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
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‘It might be an area Klopp looks at in the summer. It is a slight issue. They lack an out and out goalscorer. ‘Haaland – imagine him playing for Liverpool as their number nine. Mane and Salah playing off of him and Firmino just behind. Wow. Imagine that front four.
‘I could see him there. I think his movement – he can travel with the ball and hold it up. ‘If you sign a player like that you make it work. It would be an awesome front four.’
Raheem Sterling has warned Liverpool that Manchester City will be back with a vengeance next season.
Over the past 12 months, Liverpool have dominated the Premier League and Europe and should have been crowned both Champions of Europe and Champions of England last season, but City had a late surge and managed to once again win the Premier League title.
However, one defeat this season in the Premier League this season means that Liverpool are just a few games away from becoming Champions once again, ending 30-years of hurt and cementing this side as one of the greatest in recent memory.
Jurgen Klopp’s side require just three more wins from their remaining nine games to claim their long-awaited prize – the third of which is against City, but when asked if Liverpool can expect a big response from Pep Guardiola’s side next season, Sterling told SKY SPORTS: ‘Yeah. A massive one.
‘We won the league twice in a row. They’re winning the league at this moment in time but I’m pretty sure when our boys go away and come back again, we’ll be very hurt if they do pick up the league. ‘We’ll be up and running next season, for sure.
‘I wouldn’t say we let it [the title] go too easily. In our first season [winning the league under Guardiola] we scored a lot of late goals and we kind of built momentum throughout the season and this season we’ve had little decisions that go against you.
‘They [Liverpool] have been consistent and we’ve been slacking and we haven’t kept our standards that we know we can keep. ‘From now until the end of the season we need to try and win every single game and whatever happens, happens.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his rivals that Manchester United are on the rise after they beat Manchester City.
Solskjaer has taken over a United side that needs a lot of work, and money, spent on it to get back into the habit of winning Premier League and Champions League titles on a regular basis, and many have criticised some of his managerial decisions over the past 12 months.
However, Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay were on target as United sealed a league double and third win in all competitions over City this season to maintain their Champions League qualification hopes.], and the result means United have gone 10 games unbeaten across all competitions since January and Solskjaer believes the club is now on an upward trajectory.
“The desire, the attitude, the commitment, the connection between fans and players and the team…” said Solskjaer on the Sky Sports website.
“What a day they’ve had today, both the players and the fans. Of course, they make us defend – that’s just the type of team they are but if our fans can see players with commitment and attitude and desire then we’ve done our job as a coach today.
“At times we pressed them and pushed them back, we tried to be aggressive with the wing-backs and three up front. When we hit the press I think we made them make mistakes and we’re happy with the result. At times you’d like to defend with the ball but I’m not going to complain.”
“It’s a privilege to be the manager of a squad of players with this attitude,” Solskjaer added.
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“They give us absolutely everything they’ve got every time they play and you can’t ask for more.
“We’re going to improve, we’re going to improve as a team, they’re going to improve as players. They want to learn as well and they listen to the advice we give them.
“We know we lack one, two, three players and some experience to be considered title contenders, we know that and we are not going to start talking about that now. We need to talk about getting up the table, getting some points, challenging for the top four because Chelsea and Leicester are too far ahead for my liking.”
If United can play like this on a weekly basis, their rivals should be worried, especially if the club manage to secure some big time signings in the summer window.