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Liverpool set to go head-to-head with Arsenal to sign 7-goal Real Madrid winger

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are all set to lock horns with Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal to acquire the signature of Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez.

As per the Spanish news outlet Diario Gol – via Birmingham Mail – both these Premier League clubs are on the lookout for signing an attacking winger for their respective reasons. As things stand for Arsenal, Wenger could well and truly offer Vazquez a regular first-team spot, something which he hasn’t seen this season at Real under Zinedine Zidane. Despite his limited appearances (only ten starts in La Liga), the 26-year-old has delivered a decent outcome.

In 34 appearances (across La Liga, Champions League and Copa Del Rey), Vazquez has scored seven goals and has registered eight assists. But despite his ‘not-so-bad’ numbers, the 26-year-old’s role is reduced to making substitute appearances for the majority of the season and this is why he is understood to be keen on leaving the Bernabeu at the end of the season.

As far as Liverpool are concerned, they are on the lookout for acquiring a potential replacement to Philippe Coutinho – who joined Barcelona in January – and while Vazquez may not well be a like-to-like successor, his experience on the grandest stage (UEFA Champions League) will surely make him one of the best buys for the Reds. But as Daily Mirror quotes, Liverpool are only looking at Vazquez as a cover, given that the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are simply irreplaceable, right at this very moment.

But then again, Liverpool’s high-pressing and attacking brand of football is something that makes them an attractive venue to play the sport, and this is where they might very well edge Arsenal in this speculation. Adding to it, there already are rumours regarding how Mohamed Salah is gathering interest from Spain. Reports from across Europe have credited Real Madrid with a strong interest in the Egyptian and as per the aforementioned source, Salah could well become the centrepiece of a potential swap deal, which will obviously include a hefty fee tagged on the Egyptian.

But as far as the player himself is concerned, it is being quoted that despite not getting regular first-team opportunities, he still carries a great relationship with his manager Zinedine Zidane and “is purely wanting a fresh start for his stalling career.”

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Liverpool youngster picks up ankle ligament damage during loan spell



Marko Grujic

Marko Grujic

Liverpool youngster Marko Grujic has picked up ankle ligament damage during Hertha Berlin’s 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, as per Sky Sports.

The Serbian midfielder joined the Bundesliga side on a loan deal and has played four games for them. Hertha are currently second in the competition behind Bayern Munich with 10 points from four games.

Hertha’s general manager Michael Preetz was quoted by Sky Sports saying.

“Marko has managed to make a significant difference to our game in the short time he has been with us, which is why the loss for him personally and for us is very, very bitter.

“Now we will look after him and help him, so that he can play that role as soon as possible.”

The report adds that the midfielder had signed a new deal with the Reds before joining the Bundesliga side on loan and was part of the Serbian World Cup squad in Russia.

Grujic had a huge role to play in Cardiff’s promotion to the Premier League last season and did well in his three starts for Hertha this term.

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It will come as a bit of a blow for the youngster to miss out on game time but hopefully, he will not be out for long and return to full fitness quickly.

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(Video) Mohamed Salah hands Liverpool jersey to tearful young fan after win over Saints



Mohamed Salah got on the scoresheet against Southampton over the weekend but also there was another moment that is being spoken about on social media.

The Egyptian broke his mini-drought as he scored from Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick and he also had a few chances to make it two in the game.

The former AS Roma forward hasn’t been at his free-scoring best from last season but is slowly regaining his mojo in front of the goal.

Wayne Dunlop posted a video of his son on Twitter. The child was holding up a sign after the match at Anfield and Salah gave the youngster his shirt from the game.

It is an emotional video of the Twitter user’s son, Lewis, tearing up as the Egyptian hands him the shirt he wore during the game.

Salah even responded to the video uploaded and Wayne was very happy that his son received such a fantastic piece of memorabilia from Anfield.

The Egyptian is one of the best footballers in the world but it is moments like these that ensure the fans love players more.

Salah could have ignored the young fan and walked down the tunnel but he took time out to make the fan happy.

The Reds lead the Premier League standings at the moment, having won all six of their clashes in the Premier League so far.

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The 25-year-old is yet to hit top gear but it only seems like a matter of time before the goals start raining for the Liverpool forward.

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Jurgen Klopp dispels injury concern after surprise substitution against Southampton



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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