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Liverpool began their season in fine fashion, thanks to a 4-0 win over West Ham United. The Reds were fantastic throughout the game and barring the odd chance for the Hammers, we barely looked like we were in trouble against Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

The only concern that Liverpool should have had was the spate of injuries to their backline. Dejan Lovren was injured, so was Joel Matip and even Ragnar Klavan was not fit to start the game.

Virgil van Dijk was partnered with Joe Gomez and the pair did a quality job, although Gomez did allow Marko Arnautovic a couple of chances to have a go at our keeper Alisson.

Gomez, nevertheless, did a decent enough job but Jurgen Klopp later added that Dejan Lovren should be fit soon (h/t Liverpool FC), which begs the question, just who should we stick with at the heart of the defence?

The greatest defender in the world or one with potential?

Lovren and van Dijk were our preferred pairing for the latter half of the previous season, following the Dutch defender’s arrival in the January window. Last season also saw us conceding the fewest goals in the league since Klopp took over, so there is some merit in sticking with Lovren and van Dijk.

However, rushing Lovren back isn’t the smartest move. The Croatian had a long World Cup with the national side, meaning it will take time for him to regain his form and touch.

Klopp did suggest that Lovren would be back soon but again, putting him into the team straight away would not make a lot of sense since he must get up to speed with the Premier League.

Looking at our other options, Klavan cannot play two games a week, which is something we will have to worry about once we start playing in the Champions League.

Matip could be an option for us but his injury record over the past season isn’t great and keeping him for the cup games is probably the best we can do.

All signs indicate that perhaps we should continue with Gomez as van Dijk’s partner. The youngster did not play the last month or so the previous term as he went under the knife. However, this time, partnering him with van Dijk could be the solution to maintaining a strong defence.

Of course, the key to all this is keeping van Dijk fit. The Dutch defender has been exceptional since his big-money move from Southampton.

The former Celtic defender has marshalled our defence really well and with someone of Alisson’s calibre between the sticks, we should have a better defensive record than last season.

Gomez is one for the future and he could rise at the same rate as Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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That said, there is no doubt about Lovren’s abilities. But for the time being, we must avoid playing him right away and continue with van Dijk and Gomez doing the business at the back.

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“It’s gone great”, “Another one” – Some Liverpool fans curse luck with star player picking up injury

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Sadio Mane

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has sustained a broken thumb, according to reports (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The star was with the national side when the injury occurred during training, and the Liverpool Echo claims Mane would be assessed by the club once he returns to Melwood.

This is another injury that Jurgen Klopp has to deal with from the international break. Virgil van Dijk is still suffering from a rib problem while Mohamed Salah picked up a minor problem for Egypt.

The duo are expected to continue their treatment at Anfield, as per the report.

The 26-year-old Mane has four goals to his name this season, and it will be interesting to see if he plays against Huddersfield at the weekend. Liverpool are tied at the top of the table with Chelsea and Manchester City on 20 points.

Some Liverpool fans were cursing the international break for the number of injuries we picked up while a few believed this was good as Mane needed a rest.

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Liverpool interested in signing 27-year-old superstar from Napoli

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Lorenzo Insigne

Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli superstar Lorenzo Insigne, according to Rai Sport (h/t Metro).

The Italian scored a late winner for the Serie A club in our Champions League loss a couple of weeks ago. The report adds that Chelsea are keeping an eye on the 27-year-old too and would rival the Reds for any bid on the Italian.

The attacker is known to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri during their time at Napoli. The report adds that any team looking to sign Insigne up would have to stump a huge fee since the player has four years left on his current deal.

The attacker has seven goals and an assist in all competitions for the Serie A side, so far, and helped them to second place in the league last season.

The report adds that Klopp wants more firepower for the Reds and Insigne could be the perfect fit at Anfield.

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Liverpool have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as quality wingers and added Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer. However, signing Insigne could make our attack one of the best in the world.

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The report adds it would be difficult for Insigne to switch clubs in the winter window and we would have to wait till the summer before we make a bid for the 27-year-old.

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“Fast becoming a legend” – Some fans laud Liverpool youngster’s performance in 3-2 win over Spain

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Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez put up another incredible perforce during the international break. The Liverpool youngster is a starter alongside Virgil van Dijk for the club and did a brilliant job in England’s 3-2 win over Spain.

The 21-year-old has started nine games for us in all competitions and Liverpool have only conceded three goals from eight Premier League games.

Gomez could grow even better with more games this season but the youngster was celebrating the England performance and put up an image of the team.

The Englishman should be in-line to start our game against Huddersfield at the weekend, and a number of fans showered praise on the 21-year-old for his 90 minutes against the Spanish.

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