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Are the bookies really never wrong?

Suppose Dalglish does field a team of youngsters. All of whom are desperate to pull on the red shirt and make a claim for first team football. Hungry? I’d say so. Motivated? I can’t see what better motivation are they going to get.

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According to Bettinglatest.com, money is pouring in for a Chelsea win against Liverpool in the up coming Carling Cup tie at Stamford Bridge on 29th November. There’s an age-old expression that the bookies are never wrong but I’m not so sure.

Let’s face it, Liverpool are certainly the underdogs here, make no mistake. Especially in the wake of Kenny Dalglish’s comments about fielding a weakened side. Call me a blind optimist but I think there’s still lots of reasons for the lads to get on the team bus come match day.

Suppose Dalglish does field a team of youngsters. All of whom are desperate to pull on the red shirt and make a claim for first team football. Hungry? I’d say so. Motivated? I can’t see what better motivation are they going to get.

If you take a look at the Liverpool fringe players, there’s more than enough quality there, perhaps not to easily best Chelsea of course, but surely give them a good game and, who knows, with that bit of luck that any team needs, there may well be an upset on the cards. Those like Jay Spearing, Martin Kelly, Jack Robinson, Sebastian Coates, Maxi Rodriguez, Alexander Doni, Fabio Aurelio (if he’s not injured) will all be dying to get a look in and impress the boss. You could arguably include Craig Bellamy in that lot who was bought for just these types of occasions. I’d even go sa far as to mention Raheem Sterling, Conor Coady and young Jesus Fernandez (that’s Suso to you and I). Any right thinking footie fan would have to admit: The Liverpool reserve cupboard is hardly bare!

Let’s also not forget that Chelsea themselves have a tough run of games over that period with matches away at Bayer Leverkusen, Wolves at home, and a journey to Newcastle three days after the game against Liverpool. With the table as it is, I’m not sure Andre Boas-Villas will be fielding a full strength side either bearing in mind the match against Newcastle that he’ll certainly want everybody fit and ready for.

It has to be mentioned that Dalglish’s record against the top teams makes somewhat better reading than that against the so-called “smaller” sides and which of those two would you place Chelsea in?

My point is that it’s not over until the proverbial “fat lady sings” and she hasn’t even arrived yet. The game is two weeks away and some good results for either side in the run up to the match will go a long way to giving or taking away the confidence needed.

So for all you Liverpool fans out there and those who enjoy a punt, stick a fiver on the reds and see what happens. After all… stranger things have happened.

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Boost for Liverpool as Bundesliga manager open to selling this star striker

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Julian Nagelsmann claims RB Leipzig could sell Timo Werner

Liverpool have been handed a boost in their chase for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

The 23-year-old has been linked with the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo) and has been in great form this season.

The German has 15 goals and four assists in all competitions for Leipzig this season. Werner is also a regular for the national side and scored in their recent win over Estonia too.

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Timo Werner is a regular for the German national team (Image credit: Getty)

Leipzig’s manager Julian Nagelsmann was speaking to Bild and claimed Werner could be sold if the German became bigger than the club (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I’ve already advised many players to take off their wedding ring with their current club to move somewhere else.

“I’d do the same with Timo Werner if he were developing faster than the team at RB Leipzig.”

Werner’s release clause

The 23-year-old signed a new deal with Leipzig in the summer, however, that includes a £25million release clause (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Werner is capable of playing across the front-line and it will be interesting to see how things develop for him in the coming months.

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Timo Werner joined Leipzig from Stuttgart (Image credit: Bongarts)

Bayern Munich are also keen on landing the 23-year-old (h/t Liverpool Echo) and the Bavarians are struggling this season.

Leipzig are placed extremely well to qualify for the next round of the Champions League and lie second in the Bundesliga, ahead of Bayern.

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Werner scored 16 Bundesliga goals in the previous season and should go past that mark if he keeps his scoring rate up.

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Liverpool interested in Bundesliga star who could leave for £100m in the summer

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Liverpool interested in Jadon Sancho as Dortmund star expected to leave in summer

Liverpool are the latest club to highlight their firm interest in Jadon Sancho, according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old has been excellent for Dortmund since joining from Manchester City but has faced some tough times recently.

Manager Lucien Favre has reprimanded Sancho recently and subbed him after 36 minutes against Bayern Munich (h/t Daily Mail).

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Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City (Image credit: Getty)

The English winger has also been criticised by Michael Zorc, the sporting director, and is contemplating his future at the Bundesliga club (h/t Daily Mail).

Manchester United and PSG are interested in the England international but Liverpool and Barcelona are also keen on landing him (h/t Daily Mail).

Dortmund want big money for Sancho

The winger has a lot of potential to develop further, and Dortmund would not allow him to leave on the cheap.

The report adds that Dortmund are planning for his exit and want more than £100m for the winger.

Sancho has scored three goals and provided five assists this season for the Bundesliga side. The England star has also featured in Euro 2020 qualifiers and has a couple of strikes to his name.

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Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham (Image credit: Getty)

It will be interesting to see if Liverpool make a big move in the next summer window.

This summer was quiet with two young players and two veteran keepers joining. However, we kept hold of all our stars and have started this Premier League season well.

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The Reds lie eight points clear of the chasing pack and are nine ahead of defending champions Manchester City.

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Liverpool star pictured with ankle in protective cast during international break

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Mohamed Salah pictured with ankle in protective cast

Mohamed Salah aggravated an ankle injury in our 3-1 win over Manchester City at the weekend.

The Egyptian scored the second goal of the game and was bright against the Premier League champions.

However, a tackle from Fernandinho late in the game saw Salah remain down and needed treatment.

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Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch during the Leicester game (Image credit: Getty)

The Liverpool forward continued after treatment but had to be subbed off as we held on for the win.

The international break should allow Salah to rest before our clash against Crystal Palace. Egypt shared a couple of pictures and the Liverpool forward was seen wearing a protective boot.

Leicester injury back to hurt Salah

Salah injured his left ankle initially against Leicester City and missed the draw against Manchester United.

The Egyptian will not play for the national side during the break and is also a doubt for the clash against Palace (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The niggling issue needs time to heal and it will be interesting to see if the forward plays the game after that.

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Mohamed Salah celebrates with Jordan Henderson (L) after scoring against Tottenham (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool host Napoli at Anfield after the international break and a win should see us qualify for the knockout rounds of the competition.

We shouldn’t try to leave it to the final day as we travel to Austria and face surprise package RB Salzburg.

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The Reds have an easier run in before the trip to Austria. Liverpool have games against Brighton, Everton and Bournemouth, and should be favourites for the three clashes.

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