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Why Liverpool’s Decision To Cool Their Interest In Thomas Lemar Is A Bad Decision

Liverpool have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar this summer. A number of Europe’s top clubs have identified the 22-year-old as a possible target following his performances for Monaco last season.

Lemar caught the eyes of some of Europe’s elites, including Liverpool and Arsenal, after bagging 14 goals and providing 17 assists, as Monaco won the French title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.

The Reds were heavily linked with a move for the midfielder last summer and he continues to be touted as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona last month. But according to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool are no longer interested in Lemar and have decided to turn to alternative targets as they start making plans for the summer.

It is understood that Jurgen Klopp has cooled his interest in the Frenchman due to the player being valued at around £90million by Monaco. The German manager believes that we can spend the cash elsewhere once the transfer window reopens in the summer. The news comes as a big surprise given that we were chasing the midfielder last year and in fact, last month too.

Lemar has been one of the sought-after young talents in Europe, capable of playing in the midfield and anywhere across the attack. It is a kind of a bolt from the blue to see Klopp cool his interest in the French international after many considered him as the ideal player to fill the void left by Coutinho.

As far as I am concerned, Lemar was one of the shining lights for Monaco last season, which was filled with glitz and glamour. While the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Valere Germain and Kylian Mbappe have all left the French club, Lemar along with Fabinho and Djibril Sidibe have stayed put at the club and have performed decently this season.

For all of the last campaign’s highs, Lemar has failed to live up to the billing this season, scoring only 3 goals and supplying 5 assists. Well if that’s the case for Liverpool to pull out of the race to sign the player, then it is totally unacceptable.

The Frenchman is undoubtedly talented – a nimble-footed midfielder with excellent vision and passing abilities being the cornerstones of his game. Although he is left-footed, he is equally strong on the right, capable of producing brilliant moments on the field.

Coutinho was a player equally adept at playing in the midfield and on the wings. The Brazilian offered a different flair in the attack when compared to the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. To play centrally, create spaces and open up opposing defences in a blink of an eye were the real attributes of Coutinho and since his departure, not a single player has produced that week in and week out.

Adam Lallana comes closer to the now Barcelona midfielder but the 29-year-old is too injury-prone and lacks consistency. While the likes of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all good midfielders, there isn’t a player in the middle of the park with defence-splitting abilities and a huge appetite for goals.

Lemar is exactly the player with all the aforementioned qualities. The Monaco man would have really been an upgrade on the current crop of Liverpool midfielders.

The Frenchman is an excellent player, one with a whole lot of quality and variation in his game. He is a lethal set-piece taker and is equally impressive in open play, with a sharp little burst of acceleration.

For all the dribbling abilities, shooting, creativity and guile, the 22-year-old isn’t still a finished product. He is supremely talented and would have evolved as a player under the watchful eyes of Klopp but it’s a big shame that the Liverpool manager seems to have different plans in the summer.

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“You have to be smart” – Jurgen Klopp highlights tweaks to Liverpool’s style this season



Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the team have worked on the defensive aspect of their play and are avoiding going all-out when in the lead.

The Reds have not been as free-flowing in their attack when compared to the previous season. However, their defence has been one of the best in the league.

Klopp’s team have conceded just three goals from nine Premier League games. Liverpool, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, have made an exemplary start to the season and have all established their dominion in the English top flight.

Klopp was quoted by the Daily Star as saying:

“It’s a normal period of adaptation.

“You put the focus a bit more on something and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else.”

Jurgen Klopp & Xherdan Shaqiri

The German added that we have had good results and wanted the team to get better.

“We have already had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious that we can improve.

“But we need to keep the stability – no doubt about that. What we’ve done defensively so far is credit to the whole team.”

Klopp further claimed that the first part of the season lays the foundations for the rest of the campaign.

“That first part of the season is the basis for the rest of the season so let’s use it. We are growing as a team in a specific way and hopefully we can use that.”

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The manager added that the team is sitting back more after taking leads, especially due to the number of games in the league.

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“An unleashed beast now” – Some Liverpool supporters love youngster’s performance in 1-0 win over Huddersfield



Joe Gomez Liverpool

Liverpool needed a Mohamed Salah goal to get the three points against Huddersfield. The Reds were nowhere close to their fluent best from last season and endured some nervy moments as the home side threatened on numerous occasions.

The Reds were horrible with their passes in the final third and that should be a worry for the rest of the campaign.

However, Joe Gomez was the outstanding player in our defence. The English youngster played a role in our goal and did a great job as the right-back.

Although he wasn’t partnered with Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence, the 21-year-old was excellent.

A number of Liverpool fans picked up on this and applauded Gomez’s performance in the game.

Read more: Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Liverpool endured a frustrating night against Huddersfield as their attack failed to click. Mohamed Salah’s first half effort was the only goal of the game, and there wasn’t much goal-mouth action to speak off.

Huddersfield actually had some of the better chances in the second half and even had an effort ruled offside in the first.

Liverpool were wasteful in possession, and their passing in the final third was awful, however, Huddersfield could not take advantage of this.

The Reds kept the pressure on Manchester City as the pair are tied on 23 points, but we are second in the table due to City’s better goal difference.

There weren’t many standout performers for the Reds in this evening’s clash and here are the player ratings from the game.

Alisson – 6.5/10

Had one nervy moment when his clearance was charged down, but he did make one decent save in the game. The Brazilian was beaten by a thunderous drive but that effort came off the post.

Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez – 7.5/10

Possibly our best player on the night. Gomez helped create the first goal and did a decent job as right-back.

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

The Croatian had one or two iffy moments but this was another quality performance from the former Saint.

Virgil van Dijk – 6.5/10

Van Dijk was quality in the first half but made a couple of mistakes in the second. Thankfully, the home side could not take advantage of the same.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

The Scot was willing to help out in attack, and he did well to track back and defend down the left side.

James Milner – 7/10

Another decent outing by the Englishman, Milner did his regular bit in the middle of the park and kept things going.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The captain was taken off during half-time and hopefully, he didn’t pick up a serious injury.

Adam Lallana – 6.5/10

This was Lallana’s first start this season, and he did a decent job with his tricks and flicks. The Englishman had to be replaced with some cramp during the end of the second half.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10

The Swiss was the spark that created our only goal of the game. Shaqiri tried to create chances but something was missing in the final output.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

Salah might have gotten the goal but he was wasteful in the final third and often made the wrong pass.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge – 6.5/10

Another player that seemed to be out of sorts, Sturridge had chances to score but often missed the target. The Englishman was even booked for needlessly blasting the ball over the bar.


Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5/10

The Dutchman was quality since he came on at half-time.

Fabinho – 5/10

The midfielder did an alright job but needs more time on the pitch.

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Roberto Firmino – NA

The Brazilian also was sloppy in attack and made a few mistakes with his passes.

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