Liverpool earned themselves a place in the Europa League final after a comfortable 3-0 victory at Anfield against Villarreal on Thursday brought the aggregate score to 3-1. It is the second time this season the club have reached the final of a competition, previously losing the League Cup to Manchester City.
With Jurgen Klopp inspiring a rise in Liverpool’s form, there has been an improvement in many of the players' form. As the summer transfer window is just around the corner, the German boss will already have a good idea which areas he needs to strengthen. However keeping these three players at Anfield is just as important if the Reds want to build on the promising second half of the current campaign.
As the old saying goes, ‘Goals win games’, and Sturridge knows how to score them. The striker has notched eight league goals in just 889 minutes this season, meaning he has scored on average once every 111 minutes. Clearly the striker has been in good form since returning from injury, culminating in his vital goal in the game against Villarreal.
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The England international has been a part of previous success at Liverpool - proving pivotal to the side that finished second in the 2013/14 season. The only the question mark that may hang over Sturridge will be over his ability to keep fit, and if the manager sees him as a part of the future, with Divock Origi occasionally preferred when he was fit.
It seems like Milner has been playing since time began. Apparently though, it has only been since 2002, when he kicked off his career at Leeds United.
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What Milner brings to Liverpool is experience – Of playing at the top level of English football, and of winning trophies, from his time at Manchester City.
The player epitomises the hard-working attitude that Klopp wants from his players and has provided plenty this season, scoring five and assisting 11 - his most prolific season since 2009/10, when he played almost a 1000 more minutes. The Englishman has captained the side in the absence of Jordan Henderson and has done so superbly. He is a Klopp favourite and a vital part of the team.
Every time this man scores, it seems to be a wonder goal. The Brazilian has scored eight in the League this season and is still considered by many to be the club’s best player. Classy, calm and sometimes brilliant, Coutinho has proven himself an excellent talent time and time again. Liverpool must keep hold of him and winning the Europa League to guarantee Champions League football next season will go some way to warning off the other European giants from registering their interest.
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