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Philippe Coutinho has been in the news recently about another protracted move to Barcelona coming to fruition in the January window. We all know that the Catalan giants had three bids rejected by Liverpool with a move to Spain but they are set to face competition this time around.

Paris Saint-Germain have also been tracking the movement of the 25-year-old and are willing to get Coutinho into the side with one of his best friend’s Neymar, already at the club after a blockbuster move this season.

However, reports from Spain claim that Coutinho has set his eyes only on Barcelona and is not looking to move to PSG.

Empire of the Kop carries a report from Spanish outlet Sport which states that the Brazilian has asked Liverpool not to entertain offers from any club other than Barcelona in the winter window.

Coutinho moving to Barcelona has been one of the transfers that might happen in the future however, these reports should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Another rumour from the Spanish press

This is not the first time the Spanish press have stated that Coutinho has more or less signed with Barcelona. We had seem a number of reports confirming that Liverpool had sold Coutinho to the Catalan side but we still held onto the Brazilian after the end of the transfer window.

Losing him in January makes no real sense as we might have not only the Champions League matches but also the FA Cup games. The 25-year-old is still one of our best players and we will need him to at least make it to the top four come the end of the season.

It will be unlikely keeping a hold of him after the 2018 World Cup, similar to the Luis Suarez saga, and he may still end up leaving us for Barcelona and not PSG, however, if the French side might still have a big say in where Coutinho does go.

We should still line-up a replacement for Coutinho as his frame of mind does not seem to be right at the moment and hopefully, Thomas Lemar could be the man that can be a better player for us than the former Inter Milan man.

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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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Stats prove this Liverpool star is back to his best after win against Southampton

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Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah scored in the 3-0 win over Southampton but he could have gotten a few more too. The Egyptian was unlucky that a goal was called offside and also had a brilliant backheel just going wide of the post.

The former AS Roma forward hasn’t looked as sharp as he did last season but Sky Sports shared some stats that prove otherwise.

The forward is still some way off matching his 32 goals from last season in the Premier League but now, he has three to his name.

What will come as a major relief, however, is that the 25-year-old is getting into the right places to score. The forward was brilliant but that little bit of luck was missing when it came to his finishing.

He did score our third goal against the Saints as he reacted to Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick and that just proves he is hungry as ever to get on the scoresheet.

Fortunately for Liverpool, we have goals coming in from other positions too. Joel Matip got one yesterday, while we have also seen James Milner, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum score multiple times this season.

Liverpool and the Egyptian haven’t looked as sharp as they did last season but that is a good sign for the coming months.

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The Reds are on top of the Premier League and once Salah starts banging the goals in, we should win games more comfortably.

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Stat proves Liverpool have made Anfield a fortress as Liverpool beat Southampton 3-0

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Liverpool made it seven wins a row in all competitions on Saturday after beating Southampton 3-0. The Reds were barely troubled by the Saints as an own goal from Wesley Hoedt opened the scoring for us.

Joel Matip got the second before Mohamed Salah finished the scoring in the first half to keep us at the top of the Premier League.

The win saw us register our fourth clean sheet of the season but also brought up another stat regarding our domination of teams at Anfield.

Liverpool didn’t lose a single Premier League game at home last season and have continued that form in this campaign too.

The only concern for us has to be the draws at Anfield. Last season, we dropped a number of points despite taking the lead in games.

Everton and Tottenham were a couple of teams that pulled off draws at our home but this season has a different feel for the Reds.

This is the first time we have won our opening seven games in the history of the club. And we should break a few more records along the way.

Our next clash is in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea at Anfield and it will be interesting to see how it goes against our title rivals.

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We face the Blues next weekend in a huge Premier League clash as well and hopefully, the Reds will come up with all three points at Stamford Bridge and continue our march.

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