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“Miraculous”: How Twitter reacted to Liverpool reaching the Champions League final

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Liverpool have reached a Champions League final for the first time in a decade after beating AS Roma over two legs in a thrilling 13 goal semi-final which ended 7-6 in the Reds’ favour on aggregate.

The Merseyside club will face Real Madrid in the final at the Olympic Stadium on May 26th in a replica of the 1981 final, where Alan Kennedy’s goal separated the sides.

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino inspired the team in the first leg at Anfield, with Sadio Mane also on the scoresheet to earn a 5-2 victory which put them in a strong position.

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In Rome, goals from Mane and Georgino Wijnaldum, his first away from home since 17th May 2015, were enough to see them through. It was still nervy for the travelling Liverpool faithful though, as Radja Nainggolan struck twice in the last five minutes, including a questionable penalty, to put the Italians only a goal away from extra-time for the final few seconds.

In the final, Liverpool will face back to back champions Real Madrid, who beat Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain on their way to Kiev. That said, the Spanish side have struggled for form domestically and looked more defensively vulnerable than in the past, perhaps giving Liverpool fans hope.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:

Fans are already excited for their trip to Kiev…

Many were keen to praise the coach…

And their European success is in stark contrast to other Premier League clubs…

 

And some of the omens are in their favour…

Their squad may not be the best…

And spare a thought for poor old Philippe Coutinho…

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Three reasons Jasper Cillessen is the man to solve Liverpool’s goalkeeping woes

Liverpool look poised to make a move for the Barcelona shot stopper.

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Liverpool will look to sign Barcelona outcast Jasper Cillessen before the transfer window shuts in a bid to solve their goalkeeping woes, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Cilleseen’s talent is undeniable, and despite a massive lack of game time at Barcelona, the Dutch international is still highly rated amongst Europe’s elite goalkeepers.

Reports suggest Cillessen will listen to offers from Europe’s biggest clubs. However, if given the opportunity for some game time with the Spanish giants he would be happy to stay in Catalonia.

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Nevertheless, Liverpool’s interest in the 29-year-old could prove to be the golden opportunity for Cillessen to get the first team action he has been craving.

But is the Dutchman the man to solve Liverpool’s problem position? Here are three reasons why he is the right man to do so.

1. A cheaper alternative to Alisson

Liverpool have been linked with some of the hottest goalkeeping talents in Europe since the transfer window reopened and one name in particular that has been thrown into the Reds hat is Roma goalkeeper, Alisson Becker.

However, Jurgen Klopp seems reluctant to fork out over £60 million for the Brazilian’s services and Cillessen would be available for a much lower price.

This doesn’t take anything away from the Dutchman’s talent. In fact, Cillissen is more tried and tested on the big stage than Alisson.

2. Winning mentality

Cillessen would bring to Anfield with him a thirst for silverware, a trait that Jurgen Klopp seems to be trying to incorporate into his side.

One La Liga title,  two Spanish cups and three Dutch league titles already sit proudly in the Dutch shot-stoppers trophy cabinet, and it is this winning mentality that Liverpool have been craving to have between their sticks.

3. The chance to be Liverpool’s number one for years to come

If it is first team action that Cillessen wants so badly, he may not have a better opportunity to get that than at Liverpool.

Cillissen would have the chance to rise to the occasion and take over a position that currently has no front runner and the fact that the Reds could just be on the cusp of greatness could make them and the Dutchman a match made in heaven.

The chance to be number one for one of Europe’s biggest clubs can only be motivational for a player of Cillessen’s ability and ambition.

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Jurgen Klopp’s comments give Daniel Sturridge hope ahead of crucial preseason

The 28-year-old looks set to get one last chance at Anfield.

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The future of striker Daniel Sturridge is one of the biggest question marks overshadowing Liverpool’s pre-season campaign.

Although the English forward endured a forgettable 2017/18 season and seemed to be on his way out at Anfield, recent comments from Jurgen Klopp should give Sturridge hope ahead of a critical next month.

When asked about the 28-year-old’s Liverpool future, Klopp struck a conciliatory tone that must have heartened Sturridge.

“I always said there is a future, it’s about what we do in the moment. At the moment it’s all good and we don’t have to make decisions. I don’t think about my players like this – like, maybe he’s in or out,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

These quotes reveal the German is keeping an open mind ahead of the looming deadline of the transfer window, and has indicated there is a future for Sturridge at the club.

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As there is still a month remaining before the transfer window slams shut, Klopp maintains he has plenty of time to make a decision and has essentially challenged Sturridge to work his way back into first team contention.

Sturridge has been working diligently this summer, most recently scoring two well-taken goals against Chester in a friendly.

Although Liverpool’s attack is undoubtedly filled with top-class talent, if the striker can continue his good form he could stake a claim for a role in the upcoming season.

Liverpool fans still remember his heroics in the 2013/14 season, and although that was perhaps a different Sturridge then we see now, it can be argued he still has those deadly qualities that allowed him to shine in previous years.

The Reds’ upcoming participation in the International Champions Cup will be telling for Sturbridge’s future.

If he can excel against the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, and Manchester United, then Daniel Sturridge could be granted another chance to revive his Liverpool career.

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Five ins and outs Liverpool could complete this week

Liverpool are still in the market to conclude several deals before the end of the window.

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The 2017/18 campaign represented a pretty positive step in the right direction for Liverpool and their ardent supporters will be hopeful that progression is continued during next season.

The Reds might have lost the Champions League Final against Real Madrid at the end of the season but reaching such a stage represented a real achievement for Jurgen Klopp and the football club.

This summer will be massive for the German boss as he goes about assembling a squad that can finally make a genuine attempt to win the Premier League crown that has eluded Liverpool for so long.

Naby Keita and Fabinho have already been added to Klopp’s squad and more incoming activity is likely to take place at Anfield in the coming weeks prior to the campaign getting underway.

With the World Cup now done and dusted several clubs might begin to ramp up their transfer dealings and here at TBR Football we have identified five deals that could be completed by Liverpool this week…

Harry Wilson loaned to the Championship

The flying winger was a sensation during the second half of last season when he was loaned out to Hull City and a full season in the second tier might be on the cards for the youngster during 2018/19.

Frank Lampard is keen to take the 21-year-old to Derby County on a season-long loan, according to the Mirror, and it is a move that could be vital for Wilson’s progression, whilst some might see it as make or break in terms of him ever breaking into Liverpool’s first-team.

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In Wilson’s 13 appearances for the Tigers last season he netted seven goals and provided four assists. The Rams will be hoping to see a similar level of form should they complete a temporary deal later this week.

Nabil Fekir deal revived

As per an article in the Mirror, there is every possibility that Liverpool could still complete a deal to sign France attacker Nabil Fekir from Lyon this summer.

The 24-year-old was reportedly close to signing for the Reds prior to joining up with France for the World Cup, although a deal never materialised for whatever reason.

Despite the arrival of Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City it seems likely that Liverpool will be in the market for another playmaker and Fekir fits the billing of a player who could have a real impact on the Premier League.

Complete deal for KAA Gent winger

Whilst adding stellar recruits to push for a title challenge is clearly the immediate priority for Liverpool, one eye will still be kept on the future and 23-year-old Moses Simon could represent a big signing in the coming years.

The young Nigerian has been linked with a move to Merseyside following an interview with AOI Football which has now sparked speculation surrounding Simon’s future.

Simon is a bit of an unknown quantity to Premier League supporters and if he does sign for Liverpool it will be interesting to see just what plans Klopp has for his development.

Goalkeeping arrival

According to Spanish news outlet Sport, Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is a target for Liverpool this summer and a price for the Dutchman has now been set by the Catalan giants.

The 29-year-old can apparently leave the current champions of Spain for £26.4 million and given his pedigree that would represent a decent piece of business for Liverpool should they get a deal over the line.

A new custodian has to be the priority for the Reds this summer with huge doubts cast over Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius last season, whilst youngster Danny Ward is inexperienced and unlikely to get a chance just yet given Liverpool’s Premier League ambitions.

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Markovic on his way?

Despite relative promise when he first signed for Liverpool, the future of Lazar Markovic looks particularly bleak right now and he looks to be on his way out of the club this summer.

 

The 24-year-old hasn’t featured in Liverpool’s first-team friendlies to date and following the signing of Shaqiri he is now even further down the pecking order at Anfield.

It does remain to be seen at this stage just where he will end up but an article in the Liverpool Echo two weeks ago seemed to indicate that Markovic would be able to leave the club on the cheap.

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