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Dani Ceballos is reportedly pushing for a move out of Real Madrid, in order to work under Jurgen Klopp, according to various reports. Diario Gol claims that the Real Madrid star is desperate to leave the Bernabeu this month in order to earn a place in Spain’s World Cup squad this summer.

Ceballos, 21, joined Real Madrid in a €15million switch from Real Betis over the summer, signing a six-year deal at the Bernabeu. However, the move has failed to live up to the expectations with the central midfielder struggling for playing time with the Spanish and European champions so far this season.

The Spain Under-21 international has played a total of just 186 minutes of La Liga football so far this season, scoring 2 goals in the process. According to the report, Ceballos now wants out and believes that a move to Liverpool will reignite his career and allow him to fulfil his early potential.

However, this neat statistic isn’t what the young man was hoping for when he turned down Barcelona to join rivals Real, he was looking for more game time. With the World Cup fast approaching, one can understand why this is the case.

Ceballos is a regular for Spain’s U21 side but has his heart set on a promotion to the senior ranks, which is difficult given the competition for attacking midfield places. The Spaniard knows that he needs regular football in order to catch Julen Lopetegui’s eyes to book a place in the squad for the World Cup in summer.

With Liverpool having been linked with Ceballos as recently as last month, it remains to be seen whether Reds boss Klopp would consider the player as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who moved to Barcelona this week.

Ceballos would be able to play in Coutinho’s role of being the link between the midfield and the attack, though he’ll feel like he can offer a lot more than that in a goal scoring sense, despite being a central midfielder. If Liverpool do choose to acquire the talented 21-year-old, Klopp won’t need to worry about adapting the system, as the Spaniard would be able to adapt his playing style to match that of Klopp’s.

However, well-known Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has said that Madrid will not sell Ceballos, who is considered one of the best young midfielders in Europe.

“No chance. Not a possibility. Real won’t sell anyway, they don’t want to sell,” Balague told Sky Sports.

Looks like this is one speculation we have to keep track of.

 

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Liverpool create history: Five talking points from emphatic 3-0 win over Southampton

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Liverpool looked comfortable in their 3-0 win over Southampton as we scored all our goals in the first half.

Xherdan Shaqiri was instrumental in two of our goals as Wesley Hoedt opened the scoring by slotting into his own net.

Joel Matip made it two from a corner before Shaqiri’s free-kick was tapped in by Mohamed Salah after it came off the post.

The win made it six out of six in the Premier League and kept up our relentless pace at the top of the table.

Our next game is the Carabao Cup clash against Chelsea and here are the five talking points from the win at Anfield.

1) Back the Shaq

The Swiss star got his first start for the Reds and he was brilliant. The former Stoke City attacker was all over Southampton like a bad rash and his shot in the first half was deflected into the net by Hoedt.

The 26-year-old played an advanced role just behind the front three and his movement was key to unlocking the Saints’ defence a number of times.

Shaqiri will have more difficult games in the future but the Swiss attacker will be an important player for us this season, especially when we are up against some teams that sit back and defend deep.

2) Liverpool don’t get out of second gear

Although the first half was great from the Reds, we didn’t really rip Southampton to shreds as we have done to some of the lower-ranked sides.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino had chances to score more goals and make it look like a tennis score but this Liverpool side is still not as fluid as last season’s.

The recent game against PSG certainly had a role to play in our sluggishness. Our game management was great though, as the Saints didn’t trouble us and the best of the Reds is yet to come this season.

3) History made once again

Liverpool made more history after this win as we recorded our best-ever start to a season. Seven wins in seven games is no laughing matter and we have faced some tough teams such as PSG and Tottenham.

The Reds have looked brilliant this season and we all want that one thing missing in our trophy cabinet and hopefully, we will have another historic moment to speak about at the end of the season.

4) Van Dijk and Gomez are stars

Our attack is one of the best in the world but our defence is also slowly getting there. It was a surprise seeing Joel Matip start as he could have done with the minutes in midweek against Chelsea.

Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk was great though and he kept things tight at the back before being replaced by Gomez.

Changing a defensive pairing with a young player after half-time would have been a concern for us a few years ago.

However, Gomez isn’t any young player and the Englishman was rock-solid after coming on. The youngster didn’t make a single mistake in the game and has only gotten better this season.

5) Another clean sheet for Liverpool

Liverpool started the season with three clean sheets and made it a fourth of the season after conceding goals in their last three clashes.

The defence wasn’t tested and Alisson made his first save of the game only in stoppage time.

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This makes it seven clean sheets in a row at Anfield, which is an incredible feat, given that we weren’t the tightest defence a couple of years ago.

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“Legend”, “Never leave” – Some Liverpool fans want star to extend stay after brilliant start

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James Milner

James Milner is playing like a 20-year-old this season and that has helped us to an incredible start.

Liverpool are perfect and even recorded a fantastic 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. The recent win against Southampton helped the Reds record 7 successive wins. But amidst it all, Milner has been a solid force.

The Englishman scored a penalty against PSG and has two goals and two assists to his name this season. The 32-year-old has been one of our best players and his form has kept out the likes of Fabinho and even Jordan Henderson at times.

The former Manchester City and Leeds United man is a thorough professional and he recently tweeted an image before the Reds’ game against the Saints.

A number of fans showed their support to the Englishman and a few even wanted Liverpool to present him a new contract.

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“Imperious performance”, “Already a better career than Charlie Adam” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after brilliant first-half by summer signing

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Liverpool handed Xherdan Shaqiri his first start of the season and the Swiss star did a pretty good job against Southampton.

The former Stoke attacker was given a free role in the midfield and he got us going with a hand in two goals. The Swiss star only got 45 minutes on the pitch before he was replaced by James Milner but he looked fantastic.

Apart from pressurizing the opposition into losing the ball, the attacker’s passing was spot on as well. The 26-year-old’s shot in the first half was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt. He then came up with a wonderful free-kick that cannoned off the crossbar for Mohamed Salah to tap in.

The 26-year-old should receive more starts and some fans loved his performance, even though he didn’t get a goal.

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