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Inaki Williams is a Liverpool target

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is looking to step up interest in Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams as the situation around Philippe Coutinho develops.

According to the Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo (via Inside Futbol), Klopp is looking to extend his long-term admiration for the forward and follow-up with a formal bid.

A huge talent

The 23-year-old Williams has been considered a huge talent in the Spanish League for some time now. He has become a key player for Bilbao in recent years and has attracted attention from the English Premier League sides.

Liverpool have long been mentioned as one of the strongest admirers although interest from Manchester United has also been mentioned fleetingly.

He has scored 24 goals in 111 appearances for the Basque club and will add a new attacking dimension for Klopp.

The youngster was part of the Bilbao side that lost 3-1 to the Reds in the friendly clash on Saturday in Dublin. Athletic Bilbao’s goal was scored by Williams as he made the best of some comical defending by Alberto Moreno.

Backup for Coutinho?

No matter how much we deny the rumors linking playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, they tend to grab the headlines regularly.

Klopp has categorically ruled out a sale but there is nothing wrong in keeping options open. As Klopp had indicated last week, the Reds are trying to stay away from being a ‘one-player club’.

Having already strengthened the attack with the signings of Dominic Solanke and Mohamed Salah, Liverpool are looking to increase their options up front.

The long-term injury to Adam Lallana – he is due to be out of action for three months – and the situation of Daniel Sturridge is a cause enough for Klopp to look at alternatives.

Sturridge is trying to be fit for the season opener but his injury record raises a bit of worry. The club and manager are calm about Coutinho but in case it goes beyond control and moves towards a transfer, Williams could be a great replacement with his talents.

If not now, at least next year

The lure of Barcelona may come back next season for Coutinho and when the push becomes a shove, we never know if it sways the player. For that sake at least, I would love the club to continue building interest in Williams and snap him next summer.

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Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet



Dominic Solanke

Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.

The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.

Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.

Dominic Solanke of Liverpool

Dominic Solanke

However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.

Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.

Read more: “Special type of player” – Some Liverpool fans believe on-loan youngster is a future star after a fantastic free-kick

Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.

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Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery



Sadio Mane

Liverpool have confirmed via their official website that star attacker Sadio Mane underwent hand surgery on an injury he picked up during international duty.

The Senegalese star’s surgery was supervised by our medics and was successful. The report adds that Mane’s recovery will be monitored in the coming days ahead of our clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.

The 26-year-old is on a bit of a goal drought as he hasn’t scored for club or country since September 1. Mane’s last goal came in the 2-1 win over Leicester and the 26-year-old doesn’t even have an assist to his name since scoring that goal against the Foxes.

Liverpool need their top stars to be firing but have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Huddersfield clash. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and James Milner all have issues that the club have to keep an eye on but we could see a couple of them start against the Terriers.

The Reds haven’t won a game since their 3-0 triumph over Southampton on 22nd September, but we should start as favourites against a win-less Huddersfield.

It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team. We don’t have tough fixtures until te game against Arsenal November 3, and this is the ideal time for the manager to rotate the squad.

Read more: Liverpool charter private jet to fly injured superstar back to the UK – a blow to the Reds

Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.

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Barcelona interested in January swoop for 29-year-old Liverpool star



Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

Dejan Lovren is on the short-list for Barcelona ahead of the January window, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Express).

The Croatian has a couple of starts for the Reds this season, with one coming in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last week.

The 29-year-old has seen his spot in the starting XI taken up by Joe Gomez. Liverpool seem to prefer a centre-back pairing of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and that has seen us concede just three goals in eight Premier League games.

The La Liga champions are facing a bit of a crisis at the back, as per the report. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are out for a while and that only leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the fit central defenders in the team.

Dejan Lovren Virgil van Dijk Liverpool

Barcelona haven’t looked invincible this season and have conceded nine goals in eight games. They sit second in the league behind Sevilla and have won just four of their opening eight games in the competition.

Lovren, for his part, recently came back from an injury he picked up during the World Cup. The Croatian looked in decent touch against Manchester City and selling him in January would be a big risk taken by the Reds.

Read more: “It’s gone great”, “Another one” – Some Liverpool fans curse luck with star player picking up injury

Liverpool only have Joel Matip as their other senior central defender and we need to keep the Croatian at the club until the end of the season just in case there’s an injury crisis.

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