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England’s World Cup shoot-out hero, Jordan Pickford, could have been a Liverpool star before he signed for Everton, according to former keeper Chris Kirkland.

Pickford made a name for himself at Sunderland before sealing a £30million move to Everton last season and then being named as England’s No.1 at the World Cup.

However, former Liverpool and England keeper Kirkland was speaking to talkSPORT (h/t Mirror) and stated that the young Englishman was the best keeper he had worked with.

“I was raving about him to the Liverpool staff, saying ‘this lad is the best I’ve worked with’.”

Kirkland was playing with Pickford during their time at Preston North End and our former keeper also added that no one paid attention to him at that time.

“I told them he is going to be something special – but not many people take notice of me to be honest!

“Unfortunately they didn’t get him and Everton have got, for me, a steal even at £30million.”

Pickford saved a crucial penalty in England’s shoot-out victory over Colombia and he could have been a decent signing for us given our problems with Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet at the back.

However, Kirkland is speaking about a time where we probably were not looking for a keeper and signing Pickford could have meant the Englishman being loaned out to other clubs and possibly never getting a chance to play in the Premier League at all.

Read more: Reputed British Journalist Rubbishes Of Rumours About A New Goalkeeper Target For Liverpool

Sunderland gave him a chance and Everton seem to be doing well with the 24-year-old. However, we should be looking at an upgrade in the goalkeeping department and must sign a reliable shot-stopper this summer.

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Liverpool dealt blow in hopes of signing 20-year-old Ligue 1 star

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Paris Saint-Germain will not allow Kylian Mbappe to leave Ligue 1 giants

Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their hopes of signing Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Marca (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 20-year-old has been linked with the Reds and Real Madrid recently, and Zinedine Zidane has been speaking about Mbappe, claiming that the PSG star dreams of playing for them (h/t Liverpool Echo).

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Kylian Mbappe joined PSG from Monaco (Image credit: Getty)

However, PSG sporting director Leonardo blasted Real and Zidane for their comments:

“It’s annoying, he should stop, it’s not the time to talk about dreams and all that, it’s not the time to destabilise everything.”

Mbappe replacing Neymar

The 20-year-old has been excellent for club and country in recent years and won the World Cup in 2018.

Mbappe also helped PSG to a Ligue 1 title and did the same with Monaco before joining the Parisians.

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Kylian Mbappe was PSG’s top scorer in the previous campaign (Image credit: Getty)

The French forward top-scored for PSG last season and already has 10 goals for the club this campaign. PSG also believe that Mbappe is their best asset ahead of Neymar, and will not hold any discussions for the 20-year-old sensation (h/t Liverpool Echo).

It will be interesting to see what happens with Mbappe in the coming months. PSG have struggled to land the Champions League while Liverpool have grown from strength to strength.

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Mbappe would be an excellent addition to any of the top teams in the world. Liverpool have a fantastic team but there is always scope to improve all positions.

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Liverpool interested in 15-year-old defender starring for Scottish youth side

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Liverpool interested in 15-year-old Rangers talent Leon King

Liverpool are one of the two Premier League clubs interested in Leon King, according to The Athletic (h/t Evening Times).

The 15-year-old defender has done well for Rangers’ youth side and scored in the 5-0 win over Celtic in a Scottish Youth Cup clash.

The report adds that Chelsea and other European giants are also keeping tabs on the teenager. King has been a part of the Rangers set up since he was five and he can sign a professional contract next year when he turns 16.

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Sepp van den Berg (L) joined from PEC Zwolle in the summer (Image credit: Getty)

Rangers first-team assistant manager Gary McAllister has also watched the defender, and the Gers hope that he continues his stay at Ibrox for the coming years (h/t Evening Times).

King has also been watched by scouts (h/t Evening Times) and it will be interesting to see what happens next with the defender.

Liverpool planning for the future

The Reds have an incredible first-team and it is difficult for any youngster to break into that team. However, the Reds signed a couple of young players in the previous summer and have other talented players in the youth setup too.

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Liverpool players celebrate after beating Arsenal in the Carabao Cup (Image credit: Getty)

We have seen some of them in Carabao Cup action, with Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott impressing. King has years on his side to develop and he could do well under current Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.

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The former Liverpool star has helped Rangers to second place and they trail Celtic only on goal difference.

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Liverpool’s insane Premier League record at Anfield when leading by 2+ goals

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Liverpool have not lost in 232 games when going up by 2+ goals at Anfield

Liverpool produced an incredible display against Premier League champions Manchester City.

This was a top-of-the-table clash and the Reds opened up a nine-point lead after beating the Cityzens 3-1.

Fabinho launched a rocket in the sixth minute before Mohamed Salah headed home from a glorious Andy Robertson cross seven minutes later.

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Fabinho celebrates after scoring against Manchester City (Image credit: Getty)

Sadio Mane made it 3-0 in the 51st minute before Bernardo Silva got a consolation with 10 minutes or so to go. This was a huge blow to City’s hopes of catching us. We head off to the international break eight points ahead of Leicester and Chelsea.

City lie fourth and even though they had chances after scoring the first goal, the Reds had history on their side.

Manchester City have a poor record at Anfield since 2013, but Liverpool haven’t lost a Premier League game at home when leading by more than two goals.

Out of the 232 matches we have played, the Reds have only drawn five of them and gone on to win 227.

A statement for the rest of the season

Our run over the past month or so has been extremely tough. We have faced Leicester, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and City, and have only dropped points against the Red Devils.

Jurgen Klopp’s team don’t know how to give up and picked up late wins against Aston Villa and Leicester. The international break gives us time to take a bit of a breather after the latest win.

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Liverpool have made a statement and we might even break the Premier League duck this season. Nevertheless, there still is a long way to go.

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