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Liverpool are on the lookout for adding quality names to their roster in the January window. The Reds are reported to have received a shot in the arm with the possibility of a deal for a long-term target falling into place.

According to Don Balon (h/t Belfast Telegraph), Liverpool have agreed on a deal for Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka ahead of the winter transfer window. The report states that the Reds have a deal in place for the Schalke attacker.

If the reports are true, then the Reds would have beaten tough competition from across Europe as top clubs are interested in signing Goretzka. The German midfielder is in great demand as Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich are all reported to have been tracking the youngster.

The 22-year-old’s contract with the Bundesliga side expires next summer and he has already rejected advances of Schalke to extend his contract. There are reports that Schalke could look to cut down their losses by sanctioning a move in January.

Arsenal were reportedly ahead in the race but as is the tradition with the Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger, there is a lot of discussion going on for the youngster’s signature.

There are also reports that Goretzka was courted by Barcelona and that the Catalan giants have approached him with an offer. However, the midfielder was rumoured to have turned down their approach, as he was unimpressed with the deal offered by the Spanish side.

Suso To Come Back To Liverpool?

Another player reportedly viewed by manager Jurgen Klopp is AC Milan playmaker Suso. Now, he is not a new name for us, as the player has previously played for us. He left Anfield in 2015 after only 14 League appearances.

Suso never endeared himself to the Kop faithful but has got his career back on track at San Siro. The 23-year-old is rumoured to be on the radar of many clubs and Klopp hopes to lure him back to Anfield with a promise of first-team action.

A move for Goretzka will be a step forward while any deal to bring back Suso will represent a step back. Let’s hope we get to see the German in a Red shirt soon!

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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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