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Exciting times ahead for Liverpool fans?



Optimism abounds among Liverpool fans as the Reds remain unbeaten this season and they already have delivered several exhilarating performances. The pick of the bunch has to be that 3-2 Champions League victory side boasting Kylian Mbappe up front. It was an orgy of attacking brilliance, as Liverpool’s fearsome attacking triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino went toe to toe with them and emerged triumphant. The sheer pace of the game was exceptional and it had many fans speculating as to who was the fastest player on the pitch.

Remarkably Virgil Van Dijk was clocked at the highest speed, but in a longer sprint against the likes of Mbappe and Salah he would stand little chance. Neymar cannot keep pace with teammate Mbappe, who is an impressive physical specimen, but Mane and Salah can certainly give the French wunderkind a run for his money. It would be fascinating to see those three going up against one another in a straight race. Mane insists that Salah is even more rapid than him, and his outrageous acceleration makes him a real danger. But Mbappe was clocked at 44.5mph last season and maintained 36km for a long sprint, so it is hard to argue against the PSG forward just about winning that one. But of course Salah benefits from ethereal movement too, and he will be devastating once he finds his shooting boots again.

Group C looks wide open after Liverpool’s shock defeat away at Napoli last time out, while PSG thrashed Red Star Belgrade. Liverpool’s chances of reaching the knockout stage could depend on the outcome of their reverse fixture against the Ligue 1 champions. PSG are the favourites to beat Liverpool in , as they have home advantage, but we have already seen what the Reds can do to their defence.

Salah and Mane sprinting at a backline in tandem is a positively terrifying experience, particularly when the intelligent Firmino is dovetailing with aplomb and pulling defenders out of position. Liverpool will have to be alert to the pace of Mbappe, and the trickery but Van Dijk and Joe Gomez are strong and intelligent enough to repel the majority of the danger posed. It is likely to develop into another high scoring contest, so it will simply be up to Mane, Firmino and Salah to outgun Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.

The bookmakers’ opinion of Liverpool’s Champions League chances have cooled somewhat after that Napoli defeat. Most have Man City and Barcelona as the favourites, followed by Juventus, but then you will find Liverpool roughly level with PSG, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. That is a sign of just how far Liverpool have progressed under Jurgen Klopp in the past year.

Pace is a huge part of it, as all the best teams in history have attacked with speed, dynamism and unpredictability. The likes of Mane and Salah are perfect for Klopp’s Gegenpressing system, and you write Liverpool off at your peril in this competition. They looked a little shaky in the group stage last season, but they rallied and went all the way to the final, in style in the process. The Reds could have won it, were it not for the misfortunes of Loris Karius in goal. They look a lot more solid now with Alisson between the sticks, Gomez going from strength to strength alongside Van Dijk and Naby Keita providing another option in midfield. But it will be that rapid strike force that teams across Europe will fear most, and if they could beat PSG again it would really send out an impressive signal of intent.

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



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



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.

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

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Liverpool handed triple injury boost ahead of Huddersfield clash



Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool have been handed a triple boost ahead of their game against Huddersfield on Saturday. The Mirror reports that Virgil van Dijk, James Milner and Mohamed Salah are certain of being fit for the Premier League game.

Milner had injured his hamstring in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City and was expected to be out of action until December, as per the report.

However, the Englishman has made a remarkable recovery, and the report adds that Liverpool’s medics have given him the all-clear to make a comeback.

Milner has to take part in full training on Thursday to have a chance of making it to the team for the Huddersfield game.

Salah and Van Dijk also had injuries during the international break. However, the Egyptian only has a slight muscle strain while the Dutch defender has been dealing with a rib injury that requires pain-killers, as per the report.

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James Milner

The forward is returning to Liverpool for further treatment and should participate in full training before Thursday, according to the Mirror.

Ronald Koeman shed light on Van Dijk’s problem and was quoted by the Mirror as saying:

“He spoke to the manager. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool.

“He is ready to play next weekend.”

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Liverpool should be favourites for the three points against the Terriers and if Salah and Van Dijk start, we should come out easy winners on Saturday.

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