Liverpool teenager Rafael Camacho is set to persuade Jurgen Klopp he does not need to enter the transfer market for a new right-back.

Virgil van Dijk described the reverence Liverpool reserves for their greatest players as he revealed that Kenny Dalglish has been texting him before matches during the Reds' Premier League title charge this season.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not concerned that Liverpool are set for a lighter schedule ahead of the Premier League title run-in.

While City continue to challenge on four fronts, Jurgen Klopp's men are only still in action in the league and the Champions League following early exits in the FA Cup and EFL Cup.

Liverpool could therefore play considerably fewer matches as they look to protect their lead at the top of the table, but Guardiola believes the champions can benefit from a busy calendar.

And the City boss certainly does not intend to give up the chase in the FA Cup in order to boost their Premier League chances.

"If you play every three days, everyone is in rhythm, everyone is focused," Guardiola told a news conference ahead of the trip to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

"Sometimes when you have one week, 10 days off, the rhythm sometimes is wrong. So really I don't know. If you win games and go to the quarter-finals, semi-finals of a competition, it is a huge excitement and everyone will be involved.

"When I go out, it's because the other [team] was better. We are not going to drop any competition. When Wigan last minute go 1-0 [in the FA Cup last season], 'congratulations, Wigan'.

"We were out of the cup and go to Abu Dhabi for five days, but we are not going to organise our schedule to go to Abu Dhabi."

Guardiola is similarly uninterested in the prospect of relying on rivals Manchester United to do City a favour and beat Liverpool at Old Trafford next month.

"We have to go to Old Trafford, too, and what you have to do is try to win there," he said. "If United beat Liverpool, perfect. But if United beat us, the situation is the same.

"What can we do for United against Liverpool? Nothing. I don't have the telephone number for [United boss Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer, maybe I'm going to ask him but I don't have it right now. What we can do is beat United when we go there.

"But, before United, how many games do we have? We have recent experience of what happened against Leicester and Crystal Palace so it's a big mistake to think about that when you want to compete in all the competitions and focus on what we have to do.

"Before United v Liverpool, you can ask me again the question and I'll tell you more clearly what the situation is [at that time], but there are many games for both sides before those games."

Jurgen Klopp joked Mohamed Salah could have reached 50 Premier League goals even faster had he been selected up front more regularly.

Jose Mourinho has highlighted the investment made in Manchester City and Liverpool's squads in a thinly veiled dig at Manchester United's transfer policy during his time in charge.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah scored his 50th Premier League goal to inspire a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp accepted it was a "massive relief" to see leaders Liverpool edge a thrilling Premier League clash with Crystal Palace 4-3 at Anfield.

Liverpool were 1-0 down at half-time to Andros Townsend's goal as Roy Hodgson's Palace threatened to have another major impact on the title race following the Eagles' win at Manchester City last month.

A breathless start to the second half saw Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino capitalise on deflections before a James Tomkins header levelled the scores again.

Salah's 50th Premier League goal then came thanks to a woeful piece of goalkeeping by Julian Speroni and, after James Milner's red card, Sadio Mane gave the Reds breathing space before Max Meyer's injury-time consolation.

It all added up to Liverpool moving seven points clear of champions City, who play at managerless Huddersfield Town on Sunday, with Klopp celebrating wildly at the full-time whistle.

"It's a massive relief," the Liverpool manager said to BBC Sport. "We knew for different reasons the game would be difficult. Crystal Palace traditionally do well against Liverpool and with the physicality it was clear it would be like the first half was.

"They are really good at counter-attacks and set-pieces, Wilfried Zaha is a world-class player and he gets into a one-on-one situation and we're one down. We had to stay positive, being one down is not a massive blow, we just needed to win the second half and did what we had to do.

"The result is massive, we have 60 points now it's crazy, it's an important number. I'm really proud, a few things happened that we don't really need, we're a bit short now on players but we have a few days and need to use the time now for recovery."

Salah's brace means he reached 50 Premier League goals in his 72nd appearance, with only three players in the competition's history having been faster to the milestone.

"He's world class," Klopp said of the Egypt superstar. "Simply world class."

Salah himself insisted Liverpool deserved to take all three points, although he conceded allowing Palace to score three goals was far from ideal.

"Honestly we expected a difficult game but they played well and they were compact in front of the box," Salah said to Sky Sports. 

"In the end the most important thing is the result, conceding three goals is hard but we need to accept that and live with it.

"We have to be strong mentally. This is a tough time for us and we have to talk and be strong. We played well today and deserved the game."

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah scored his 50th Premier League goal to inspire a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Salah is the joint-fourth quickest player to reach the landmark in the history of the competition.

Jurgen Klopp's side were behind at half-time on Salah's 72nd Premier League appearance before he prodded home number 49 on the volley to make it 1-1.

And the Egypt international capitalised upon an error from Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni to put Liverpool 3-2 ahead 15 minutes from time. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were also on target.

Andy Cole has the quickest to a Premier League half-century, reaching the landmark after 65 appearances – one fewer than Alan Shearer and three better than another Manchester United hero, Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Salah is the joint-fasted Liverpool player to 50, level with Fernando Torres, while ex-Anfield favourite Luis Suarez now rounds out the top 10.

Fewest matches to score 50 Premier League goals

10. Luis Suarez (86)

9. Diego Costa (85)

=7. Kevin Phillips (83)

=7. Thierry Henry (83)

6. Sergio Aguero (81)

=4. Fernando Torres (72)

=4. Mohamed Salah (72)

3. Ruud van Nistelrooy (68)

2. Alan Shearer (66)

1. Andrew Cole (65)

Mohamed Salah's brace moved Liverpool seven points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League title race as Julian Speroni's error saw Crystal Palace go down 4-3 at Anfield.

Palace led thanks to Andros Townsend's first-half goal, but quickfire strikes from Salah and Roberto Firmino turned the game around eight minutes into the second half.

James Tomkins headed Palace level but an awful error by veteran goalkeeper Speroni, tipping James Milner's cross towards his own goal for Salah to score his 50th goal in the Premier League, gave Liverpool a lead that was later added to by Sadio Mane.

Palace netted a stoppage-time consolation through Max Meyer but Liverpool - who had Milner sent off for a second bookable offence late in the second half - held on to stretch their cushion at the top, with Manchester City away to managerless Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

Fabinho fired an early effort over Speroni's crossbar, the 39-year-old goalkeeper becoming the oldest player to feature in the Premier League this season.

Joel Matip then headed a Milner corner narrowly wide as Liverpool pushed for the opener, but it was Palace who took the lead in the 34th minute.

Townsend, who moments earlier survived a penalty appeal for handball, slammed in a first-time finish after Wilfried Zaha beat makeshift right-back Milner far too easily to send in a fizzing low cross.

But Liverpool were level within a minute of the restart, Salah pouncing from close range with a deft close-range finish after Virgil van Dijk's speculative drive deflected high into the air.

Within seven minutes Liverpool were in front after another stroke of fortune, Naby Keita setting up Firmino for a shot that took a deflection to beat the helpless Speroni.

Palace drew level in the 65th minute, however, as Tomkins took advantage of slack marking to head home Luka Milivojevic's corner at the back post, but Liverpool hit back again 10 minutes later.

Speroni's misjudgment of a Milner cross saw the ball again loop invitingly for Salah to finish from virtually on the line.

Jeffrey Schlupp missed a great chance to score an equaliser for Palace and Liverpool were reduced to 10 men after Milner was dismissed for a second yellow card having tripped Zaha.

But Liverpool's threat on the counter was maintained and they made sure of the points in the third minute of added time when Mane cut in from the left wing to beat Speroni.

There was still time for yet another goal, though, as substitute Meyer beat Alisson from inside the box.


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Winning a title needs some luck and Liverpool certainly had fortune on their side as Salah and Firmino benefited from deflections to score before Speroni gifted them the third goal. Former Reds boss Roy Hodgson will be wondering how his side managed to lose after scoring three.

Salah instinct brings up milestone

Liverpool were indebted to Salah for his brace, the goals coming from a combined distance of about five yards out. He may have had little impact outside of those twin moments but, as he has so often, Salah's quality made a big difference. He now has 50 Premier League goals and only three players have reached that landmark in fewer appearances than his 72.

Salah simulation causes anger

The Egypt superstar scored twice, but there will be more debate about an incident in the first half that saw Salah go to ground in Palace's box exceptionally easily. After winning a number of recent penalties, Salah may be earning a reputation he will find it difficult to shake off. Palace defenders reacted angrily when he went down, but referee Jonathan Moss opted not to book Salah.

What's next?

Crystal Palace host Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round next weekend, but Liverpool are out so will be heading to Dubai for warm-weather training. The Reds return to Premier League action at home to Leicester City on January 30, the same day Palace are away to Southampton.

Jurgen Klopp was delighted to tie Trent Alexander-Arnold to a new long-term contract at Liverpool, believing he embodies the club's spirit.

The England right-back extended his deal at Anfield on Saturday, reportedly keeping him on Merseyside until 2024.

Alexander-Arnold has become a key member of Klopp's Premier League-leading side since debuting in October 2016 and will now hope to help deliver a first title to Liverpool in 29 years this season.

Klopp is disappointed that the 20-year-old does not yet have a terrace chant on the Kop, although he believes one particular line of the renowned "allez, allez, allez" song relates to the "relentless" defender, from whom he expects further development.

"With Trent, the most exciting thing about him is that the questions you ask about him always have a very positive follow-on," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"[You ask:] 'Is he a fantastic player?' Yes! 'But can he get even better?' Absolutely - and he will!

"He is such an amazing person, but I think sometimes maybe a little under the radar for his quality and technical abilities. He is so respected and admired in our dressing room, you would not believe.

"I know coming from the city brings extra pressure and burden, but he embraces this and thrives off it. Liverpool supporters love him as 'one of their own', although I have noticed he doesn't have a song from the fans yet, so maybe that is something they can work on. Wow, does he deserve one.

"Trent is one of the most relentless professionals I have met when it comes to focusing on getting better each and every day. This is not to compare with any legend past or present, because he will make his own story.

"As a player for Liverpool, he is the embodiment of the sentiment 'we're never gonna stop'."

Alexander-Arnold is currently out injured, but Liverpool's title bid will continue against Crystal Palace on Saturday and, ahead of that match, Klopp suggested neutral fans - including Everton supporters - might be backing his side.

"In Manchester, there are probably not a lot of Liverpool supporters," he said.

"Unfortunately I don't know enough people in England and the people I do know - even if they are Evertonians and know me personally - they think: 'If not us, then you can win it'. It is still Liverpool [the city].

"But it is not a surprise that people in Manchester might not want us to win it."

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a new long-term contract at the club, with reports suggesting the deal will keep him at Anfield until 2024.

The 20-year-old said he was "ecstatic and really proud" after committing his future to Liverpool in the same week that fellow full-back Andrew Robertson penned a new deal.

Alexander-Arnold made his senior Liverpool debut in October 2016 and has since become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's team, featuring in 17 of the Reds' 22 Premier League games this season.

He told the club's official website: "I feel privileged to have the support and the trust the club has in me to offer me a new deal.

"There was no doubt in my mind to sign and extend the years I have with the club. Hopefully we can achieve a lot of success in those years.

"As soon as they offered the contract, there was no hesitation whatsoever."

Alexander-Arnold paid tribute to his brother, who is also his agent, for overseeing a new deal that comes 18 months after he last signed terms with the club.

Since then, the England international has played in a Champions League final and at the World Cup as well as playing his part in Liverpool's ascent to the top of the Premier League table this season.

"The thing that made it easiest for me was having the people around me to make sure I was able to focus on football as much as possible and get the deal done as soon as possible," said Alexander-Arnold.

"That is down to my brother especially, my manager, who took that role and allowed me to focus on football and not get distracted, which is the main thing.

"The last 18 months especially have been very special. Hopefully the next 18 months and even further on than that will be even more special."

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a new long-term contract at the club, with reports suggesting the deal will keep him at Anfield until 2024.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dismissed speculation Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho could return to the Premier League leaders.

Coutinho has struggled to cement a spot in Barca's starting XI this season, having only arrived from Liverpool in a £142million deal last January.

The Brazil international has been linked with former club Liverpool as well as Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Asked about the rumours, Klopp told reporters: "That is something I don't want to talk about. I would not say it is a potential transfer or a likely one.

"Nothing to say. Whatever I say would open more stories and there is no story.

"Phil is at Barcelona and as I know he fits really well and everything is fine."

Klopp's own future was discussed ahead of Liverpool's clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The German boss signed a six-year contract extension in 2016 and Klopp is not interested in a new deal at Anfield, where Liverpool are four points clear atop the table.

"I would be really happy if they didn't come now because I don't want to think about it," Klopp said.

"I have a long time, there will be a lot of changes before then [2022] but I don't want to think about it at the moment. I am completely in this year and next year and then we will see."

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