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It just has to be the Liverpool way, doesn’t it? We never do anything straightforward any more. The latest saga to hit the Reds is Alisson of AS Roma.

We have finally signed Alisson for £66.8m despite claims coming over the last week or so that Jurgen Klopp would stick with current goalkeepers Loris Karius and Danny Ward.

In fact, the German was reportedly going to give Ward time to stake a claim for the No.1 spot in the team but he has now joined Leicester City.

We did face competition from Chelsea for the Brazilian but this would be great news for all involved as we have lacked a quality keeper for years.

More importantly, getting a world-class, and possibly one of the best keepers at the moment, would instantly fill our huge hole in the back and make us, dare I say it, proper competitors for the Premier League and more.

Yes, yes, many of us will claim that the players aren’t ready yet and we have been close before and such claims have been made earlier too but this does feel special.

This transfer market has been incredible for us with the likes of Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri coming in.

We still have the chance to sign Nabil Fekir before the end of the window and well, we have also ensured that some of our top players such as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have signed new deals that at least provides some protection from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Jurgen Klopp has done a wonderful job when it comes to changing our style of play and the two things we need to reduce are the goalkeeping errors and the defensive errors at the back.

While Virgil van Dijk certainly helped the side shut up shop better last season, the additions of Fabinho and Keita should help us to cut out the threat from the opposition midfield and reduce the number of chances they create.

The midfield does have a huge role to play in cutting our errors from the defence and an in-form Dejan Lovren is also good news after his fantastic World Cup.

However, the problem with the goalkeeper, more often than not, is that he is all alone and has not always been able to count on the defence to help out.

While we will not refer to the two Champions League errors from Karius, the German does have a habit of letting in goals which many would claim as savable.

Karius is a good shot stopper but he needs to be more consistent and taking him out of the firing line next season would be the smartest thing to do.

As for Alisson, he might have conceded a mammoth 5 goals when we faced AS Roma at Anfield but that was due to our incredible attack and well, a rather average Roma defence that capitulated faster than a tower of Jenga blocks.

The Brazilian is better than Ederson as he was played as the No.1 for Brazil at the World Cup. That is a huge remark on the quality of Alisson and if we have confidence at the back, there is no doubt we can win more games or at least lose fewer ones t0 have a real go at the title.

Read more: Liverpool emerge as surprise contenders to sign Real Madrid midfield maestro

Now that Alisson has signed, we would have quality all around the park and if we can get Nabil Fekir in too, there is no doubt that we can go hard for the Premier League title this season.

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Liverpool star cuts short international duty after picking up rib injury

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Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk was amongst the goals against Germany for the Netherlands but the defender has a rib injury, as per the Liverpool Echo.

The report claims that the centre-back has returned to the club after being ruled out of the friendly against Belgium.

A statement from the Dutch team (h/t Liverpool Echo) said:

“After consultation, it was decided to use the player only for the game against Germany.”

The report adds that Liverpool will assess the injury, and we will then get an idea of the extent of his problem.

Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk had a rib problem earlier in the season and was rested in our Carabao Cup loss against Chelsea. The Dutchman has been reliable at the back and is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s next game is against Huddersfield on Saturday, and it will be interesting to see who will play in the heart of the defence.

Jurgen Klopp can call upon Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip to partner Joe Gomez in the back as the match against the Terriers should not be the most difficult outing.

Gomez has been the other centre-back who has been brilliant for us this season and in all probability, Lovren should partner the English youngster.

Read more: Fabinho tips this Liverpool forward to become “one of the best” in the world

Liverpool’s next tough game is against Arsenal on 3 November, and hopefully, Van Dijk will be fit for the clash at the Emirates.

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“Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

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Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted that he knew about the difficulties in starting for Liverpool, and is willing to bide his time for his chance.

The former Stoke City attacker joined the Reds in the summer for £13million (h/t Mirror) but hasn’t scored a goal this season.

Shaqiri also has a couple of starts to his name but is hopeful of more chances as the season is still in its infancy. The 27-year-old was speaking to Aargauer Zeitung (h/t Mirror) and added that he is waiting for his opportunity to shine.

“You don’t have to keep me happy.

“The process has worked well for me so far. Sure, every professional wants to play. I do too, but there are still a lot of games to come.

“On top of that, you just need to look and acknowledge what has been done at Liverpool recently. A lot of people did a good job.

“That’s why everything hasn’t been turned upside down overnight.”

Xherdan Shaqiri

The Swiss star was aware he would have to work hard to gain a foothold at Liverpool too.

“What is happening is exactly what I expected. I decided to move to Liverpool fully aware that I would have a harder time in a club of this standing than, for example, other clubs that tried to help me.”

Shaqiri has looked decent in all the games he has played and should get a few starts given we don’t face tough opposition in the coming weeks.

Read more: “There’s a great football culture” – Former Liverpool star credits club for helping his development

The Reds take on Huddersfield, Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff in the three games after the international break, and this would be the ideal time to start the 27-year-old.

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Out of favour Liverpool youngster wanted by Everton – Toffees willing to let go of Turkish striker

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Divock Origi has emerged as a target for our Merseyside rivals Everton, according to Turkish outlet Aksam (h/t Mirror).

The 23-year-old isn’t a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, as per the report, and Everton boss Marco Silva is interested in the Belgian striker.

Origi was on loan at Wolfsburg last season but failed to light it up at the Bundesliga club. The 23-year-old has had a tough time in recent seasons at Liverpool and hasn’t played a single minute for the team this season.

The report claims that Everton are open to letting Cenk Tosun move to Besiktas if they can sign Origi from Liverpool.

The Belgian was linked to a couple of clubs in the summer window but Liverpool didn’t sell him as they weren’t getting what they wanted for the striker.

Divock Origi gave Liverpool the lead

With Daniel Sturridge back in form and Roberto Firmino leading the line, Origi would find it tough to get first-team minutes at Anfield.

We also have youngsters such as Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke trying to break into the first-team, thus adding more competition for the forward slots at the club.

It will be interesting to see if Everton follow up their interest in the winter window. There haven’t been many occasions of a player swapping clubs in Merseyside with the last one being Abel Xavier.

Read more: “There’s a great football culture” – Former Liverpool star credits club for helping his development

Origi does need to move away for more minutes on the pitch, and joining a new club should be his aim when the transfer window opens.

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