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Less than a week remains for the transfer window to end and for the Premier League season to kick off. Liverpool seem to have completed most of their business and the final week of training in France will really set us up for an exciting campaign.

Now, this isn’t about us lifting the title or where we will finish in the Premier League, rather, it is about the three main players for us in the campaign.

And I am not going to suggest Mohamed Salah as it is pretty evident that he would be on the lips of most supporters. Liverpool have added strength to the side this season and we haven’t really let go of any top players, so we should have more strength in depth when the games start mounting up.

However, we could be in for a fantastic campaign this season and these three players could turn out to be crucial for us.

Alisson

Of course, he had to be on the list. The Brazilian is the world’s most expensive keeper and he has been doing the business in pre-season too.

The goalkeeping issue has been a huge one for us ever since Jurgen Klopp took over and it seems like the problem has now been put to rest. The 25-year-old Alisson is one of the best in the world and he should help us pick up a lot more points by cutting out the errors at the back.

There will be a lot of pressure on the Brazilian to start performing from day one but I’m certain he is a quality buy.

The above stat proves that Alisson can stop the shots and with him commanding the defence, Liverpool should not leak goals in.

Naby Keita

The deal to sign the Guinea star was completed last summer but we will get to see him this time around. Not only is Naby Keita someone who fits our playing style perfectly, the 23-year-old will be wearing the iconic No.8 jersey, which was handed over to him by Steven Gerrard.

The former RB Leipzig man should be the link between our midfield and our attack. His endless running and tenacity is just what we need in the side.

I would even compare him to a younger Adam Lallana minus the silky touches. Keita is more tenacious than the Englishman and has a better engine too.

The Guinea midfielder also has an eye for goal, having scored 14 goals across two seasons for Leipzig. We saw a bit of an edge in his game last season as he picked up multiple red cards.

Tenacity and aggression will work well in our team and if any player looks like a real piece of the jigsaw at Liverpool, it has to be Keita.

He isn’t a Xabi Alonso or a Steven Gerrard, but he could turn out to be the Keita we all deserve.

Joe Gomez

Some might scratch their heads after seeing this choice and while we have the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho or even a Trent Alexander-Arnold returning from the World Cup, it is Joe Gomez who could surprise us all this season.

The Englishman sacrificed his season for us, playing as a right-back and had to miss not only the Champions League but the World Cup too.

However, a pre-season full of training should work for the Englishman and it is time Klopp lets Gomez play as a central defender this season.

This could be great news for us given our problems last season. Dejan Lovren is a quality defender but he is prone to a mistake. Joel Matip is too injury prone while Ragnar Klavan should only play a few cup games and come on as a substitute when needed.

We still need a young central defender that can do the job for us and well, we just might have found one. Gomez could have played as a CB regularly last season but Nathaniel Clyne’s injury meant he was rotated with Trent at right-back.

With Clyne 100% fit and ready, this should give Gomez the chance to play in his preferred CB spot and we could see the best of the youngster alongside Van Dijk.

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Of course, Liverpool have a number of quality players who could shine this season. It has been too long since we won a trophy and if the players start the season well, there will be some celebration at Anfield come the season end.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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