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5 signings Liverpool should make in the summer

In my opinion I think Liverpool need at least 5 signings for next season in order to challenge for the top four and maybe the title.

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By Tariq Saleh

In my opinion I think Liverpool need at least 5 signings for next season in order to challenge for the top four and maybe the title.

Here are the 5 signings that I believe Liverpool should make for next season:

1. Kenny Dalglish: This is a signing that Liverpool confirmed today and the signing of ‘king’ Kenny on a three year deal is great news for the club and the fans as he is without a doubt the man to lead the club forward. The way certain players have responded to his methods and tactics has been excellent and he had instilled belief and confidence into the fringe players that were not offering much to the team. Maxi Rodriguez, who has scored 7 goals in the last 3 games, is a perfect example. The way he has brought through the club’s youngsters like Jay Spearing, Martin Kelly and John Flanagan has been terrific and they have responded by playing very well.

2. Ashley Young, Aston Villa: Young has a year remaining on his current contract with Villa and he has so far been reluctant to sign an extension. Villa will try their utmost to hang onto their prized asset but they know that if he fails to sign an extension in the summer his value will decrease dramatically and they will want to avoid losing him on a free in a year’s time. So if Liverpool were to offer in the region of £14-£18m it would be very difficult for Aston Villa to hang onto him, especially if the player decides he wants to move on. But Liverpool will face strong competition for the winger’s signature from the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and possibly Manchester City.

3. Gary Cahill, Bolton Wanderers: Cahill has been one of the stand-out defenders of this season and his importance to Bolton cannot be underestimated. But Bolton know that they will most likely lose their star centre-half in the summer but it seems they will not sell for less than £20 million. This would be a huge sum of money for Liverpool but if they can reduce that figure slightly, Cahill will prove value for money and will add some steel to Liverpool’s backline.

4. Jose Enrique, Newcastle United:  Just like Ashley Young, Enrique has a year remaining on his contract at Newcastle. The left-back position has been a problem for Liverpool this season with Glen Johnson filling in there for most of this season. Enrique has been one of the best left-backs in the Premier League this season and has certainly been Newcastle’s most consistent performer. Rumours have been circulating recently that a deal between the two clubs has already been agreed, something which Newcastle boss Alan Pardew denied. But despite a tough first few years in English football for the Spaniard, he has come on leaps and bounds in the last 18 months and is highly regarded. He is solid defensively, very quick and is excellent going forward and he would be an excellent addition to the Liverpool team.

5. Balázs Dzsudzsák, PSV Eindhoven: Not many Liverpool fans would have heard of Dzsudzsak but he has been tearing up defences in the Dutch Eredivisie all season and is a real livewire. He is a Hungarian international who plays as a traditional out and out left winger and possesses incredible pace. He has a wonderful left foot, crosses the ball really well and can really shoot from distance. He has all the attributes to make a real name for himself in England and the pace of English football will really suit him.

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Liverpool youngster picks up ankle ligament damage during loan spell

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Marko Grujic

Marko Grujic

Liverpool youngster Marko Grujic has picked up ankle ligament damage during Hertha Berlin’s 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, as per Sky Sports.

The Serbian midfielder joined the Bundesliga side on a loan deal and has played four games for them. Hertha are currently second in the competition behind Bayern Munich with 10 points from four games.

Hertha’s general manager Michael Preetz was quoted by Sky Sports saying.

“Marko has managed to make a significant difference to our game in the short time he has been with us, which is why the loss for him personally and for us is very, very bitter.

“Now we will look after him and help him, so that he can play that role as soon as possible.”

The report adds that the midfielder had signed a new deal with the Reds before joining the Bundesliga side on loan and was part of the Serbian World Cup squad in Russia.

Grujic had a huge role to play in Cardiff’s promotion to the Premier League last season and did well in his three starts for Hertha this term.

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It will come as a bit of a blow for the youngster to miss out on game time but hopefully, he will not be out for long and return to full fitness quickly.

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(Video) Mohamed Salah hands Liverpool jersey to tearful young fan after win over Saints

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Mohamed Salah got on the scoresheet against Southampton over the weekend but also there was another moment that is being spoken about on social media.

The Egyptian broke his mini-drought as he scored from Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick and he also had a few chances to make it two in the game.

The former AS Roma forward hasn’t been at his free-scoring best from last season but is slowly regaining his mojo in front of the goal.

Wayne Dunlop posted a video of his son on Twitter. The child was holding up a sign after the match at Anfield and Salah gave the youngster his shirt from the game.

It is an emotional video of the Twitter user’s son, Lewis, tearing up as the Egyptian hands him the shirt he wore during the game.

Salah even responded to the video uploaded and Wayne was very happy that his son received such a fantastic piece of memorabilia from Anfield.

The Egyptian is one of the best footballers in the world but it is moments like these that ensure the fans love players more.

Salah could have ignored the young fan and walked down the tunnel but he took time out to make the fan happy.

The Reds lead the Premier League standings at the moment, having won all six of their clashes in the Premier League so far.

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The 25-year-old is yet to hit top gear but it only seems like a matter of time before the goals start raining for the Liverpool forward.

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Jurgen Klopp dispels injury concern after surprise substitution against Southampton

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Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri started for Liverpool in the clash against Southampton and was instrumental in our a 3-0 lead at half-time.

His shot was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt for our first goal and his free-kick was slotted into an open net by Mohamed Salah for our third.

It was a little surprising that Jurgen Klopp decided to take the Swiss star off at half-time and replace him with James Milner.

Shaqiri was our most impressive attacker on Saturday as he played an advanced role behind our front three.

However, Milner came onto the pitch and we played with three central midfielders, something Klopp has used to great effect throughout his time at Liverpool.

The German spoke to the club’s official website as he explained he wanted more control in the game and that’s why he took Shaqiri off.

“I said to Shaq at half-time that I had never brought a player off after such an influential time without an injury. He is not injured. But I wanted to control the game and go back to our normal formation. And that helped, we really controlled it.”

The manager further added that it was not easy to make the change, given how influential Shaqiri was in the first half.

Klopp did explain the change to Shaq but playing the Swiss star had an impact on our defence and that was a problem for the manager.

“The only problem was defensively. Offensively, it was a good idea but, how I said, we have to work on that more often. But he was good and I liked it.”

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The 26-year-old had a fantastic game and it will be great to see him play more games if he can have the same sort of impact in the coming months.

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