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Jose Mourinho certainly is feeling the pressure at Manchester United, and that was quite evident after his latest comments on our spending spree.

Liverpool have signed four players this season but have spent world record sums on Alisson and Virgil van Dijk.

Mourinho certainly seemed to believe that we should be winning the title and he was quoted by Sky Sports as saying:

“Maybe this season finally you demand that they win.

“I can’t see anyone else getting close to spending what they have [this summer],” he added. “A team that was a finalist in the Champions League, you have to say you are a big candidate, you have to win.”

This is typical for a man that seems to thrive at playing mind games rather than worrying about his own side. However, for once, there is a real fear not only amongst United but also among the other teams.

Liverpool have plugged holes in the problem areas since last season. We brought in van Dijk to fix the defence and now, we have a world-class keeper in Alisson, who should bring us more points and solve our problems between the sticks.

There have also been moans about how we are spending crazily in the summer but the fact is that we have always spent within our limits and well, we have sold more often than not.

After all, who can forget letting the likes of Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho leave in recent years?

Sky Sports even compared the spending of United and Liverpool since the summer of 2016 and the numbers speak for themselves.

Liverpool still the kings of the net spend

We might have just pipped United on overall spending but if we are to look at the net spend, United have spent more than double of what we have done in the market.

Our marketing team, or the transfer team, certainly knows how to receive and sell value and that is one reason why teams should be jealous of us.

Who else can ship off failures such as Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe and even Mamadou Sakho for vast sums? We can.

christian Benteke

So while we have recouped more than Mourinho’s team, it must be noted that we have spent a wee bit more.

That said, van Dijk was a signing for last season and so was Keita. We could have made a lot more money by selling Emre Can last season rather than let him leave for free. Nevertheless, this time, we should challenge Manchester City for the title and more.

Arsenal are rebuilding, Chelsea are burning while Spurs don’t know what to do in the transfer market after moving into their new stadium.

The wise men at Liverpool are doing the job on the field and certainly off it, with some smart buys and incredible sales.

For all intents and purposes, we are looking like a team that has its act together and if things go right for us, we could be challenging for many laurels in the years to come.

Plus, we have a relatively young team which will only get better under our manager. Mourinho is right to fear us and so should the rest of the sides in the Premier League.

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Liverpool are leaner, meaner and hungrier for success and it is time for us to create history under Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool star cuts short international duty after picking up rib injury



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.

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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



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.

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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



Divock Origi Liverpool

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.

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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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