Friday 28 April 2017

'They are a real team' - Eamon Dunphy heaps praise on Liverpool and calls on Jurgen Klopp to make a very big signing

Eamon Dunphy has been very impressed with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool
Eamon Dunphy has been very impressed with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool
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Eamon Dunphy believes Liverpool must defeat league leaders Chelsea at Anfield this month and sign one of the world's top players to end their title drought.

The former Republic of Ireland international slammed Pep Guardiola's 'obsession with possession' in Manchester City's 1-0 defeat at Anfield on Saturday evening.

The victory for the Reds has seen them become the chasers-in-chief to Antonio Conte's high-flying Blues and fans of the Merseyside club are dreaming of a first league title since 1990.

Dunphy was impressed by Jurgen Klopp's tactical astuteness in the win, particularly the targeting of Yaya Toure, the selection of Emre Can in midfield to bring added 'steel' and the counter-attacking style they deployed.

The outspoken pundit believes the Reds are the team best-placed to reel in Chelsea.

Writing in his column in the Irish Daily Star today, he said: "Liverpool are in a good place. A really good place.

"In most other seasons, the Reds would be out in front at this stage with their current points total.

"Their record against the best teams is hugely impressive this season. Liverpool beat Arsenal and Chelsea away and drew away at Spurs.

"At Anfield, they've beaten City and drawn with United."

Trailing Chelsea by six points at the mid-point of the season, the big question is whether Klopp's side can overhaul Conte's men.

"They have to make the most of the Londoners' trip to Anfield, that's for sure," he added.

"Chelsea also have to go to Tottenham in midweek."

Dunphy cast doubt on the quality of Chelsea's squad and praised Liverpool for dealing with the loss of stars Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip and the shock 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth.

He did suggest that Klopp may need to dabble in the transfer market this month to ensure that Liverpool maintain their title push, especially given the fact that they will lose Sadio Mane to the Africa Cup Of Nations this month.

"It can be hard to find quality in January, but it's not impossible either.

"Remember both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge with Liverpool signings in this month.

"They could do with a couple of recruits to give them a chance to rein Chelsea in.

"I do think they have dodged a bullet in the shape of Julian Draxler.

"Draxler has never impressed me. I don't think he would have added anything to the Liverpool team.

"The player that would make a massive difference is Antoine Griezmann.

"Klopp should pull out all the stops to get him. He would give Liverpool the x-factor."

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