Liverpool close gap at the top back to a single point

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Jurgen Klopp has assured Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri that the pair still have a place in his Liverpool squad and explained why they haven't seen as much game time recently.

"Last season we were good away from home in the Champions League, we caused teams problems and that's what we need to do again".

But it is not all doom and gloom for the Clarets.

The stats are a bit gloomy for the Reds as well.

Rio Ferdinand accepts that Virgil van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world but the former Manchester United player thinks that Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos is still the man everyone else should look up to. His xGChain90 of 0.72 indicates that on an average, just him being involved in the build-up over 90 minutes adds 0.72 xG for Liverpool.


City manager Pep Guardiola has seen his side hit a downturn in their attacking form in recent weeks despite overtaking Liverpool and returning to the top of the table.

"I said it last time as well - if you have a ticket for the stadium, go to bed at 10pm latest on Saturday night, don't drink and be on your toes from the first until the last second!"

Roma had won the first leg 2-1 in Italy. Barnes' xG90 + xA90 (0.65+0.15) indicate that over the course of 90 minutes, he can prove to be extremely unsafe with an 80% chance of contributing a goal.

Joe Gomez, out since December with a fractured leg, is likely to return after the worldwide break at the end of this month while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, sidelined since April by a serious knee injury sustained in the Champions League semi-finals to Roma last-season, made his playing comeback for the under-23s at Derby on Friday despite hobbling off after 40 minutes clutching his hamstring.

Lallana started to pull the strings in midfield with Firmino, the other change from last weekend's goalless Merseyside derby, leading the forward press.


James Milner, assisted by Divock Origi, grabbed the equaizer after Jack Cork opened the scoring for Burnley. That will possibly allow either Naby Keita or Xherdan Shaqiri to come back to the starting XI.

For Burnley, Steven Defour underwent surgery on his calf injury, and won't be available for selection.

Asked if Liverpool go to Germany with confidence of progressing, Robertson replied: "Yes, of course - we have to". When we lost 6-0 to Manchester City, we said there were three or four months left and we have to try and finish in the top four.

"If you have chances in a game, you want to score", he told a news conference ahead of the clash with Burnley.


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