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Lucky Liverpool, Lallana’s return and more – Five talking points from the 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Mohamed Salah’s goal was the difference between Huddersfield and Liverpool on Saturday. The Reds had chances to extend the margin, but our attack was off balance at the Terriers.

Jurgen Klopp made a few changes to the side due to a number of injuries sustained during the international break, and it affected our attacking ability during the first quarter of an hour.

Liverpool are second to Manchester City only on goal difference and this slim win will give us more confidence as we head into our must-win game against Red Star in the Champions League.

Here are the five talking points from the game.

1) Jurgen Klopp finally makes changes

It was refreshing to see Klopp make a number of changes to the Liverpool team. The international break might have played a part as Daniel Sturridge, Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana all made a start.

Sadio Mane was left out while Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum were on the bench. Giving minutes to the other players is important for the rest of the campaign, and even if we didn’t play slick football, we still got the win.

2) Adam Lallana is back

Lallana was the surprising name in the starting XI as the Englishman started a game for the first time this season.

Adam Lallana

The former Saint has struggled for fitness and did look a little rusty. However, he did produce some quality flicks and Cruyff turns.

Lallana will be an important player as the season progresses. He played on the left, for some reason on Saturday, however, his best position is just behind the attacking trio.

3) The attack is still worrisome for the Reds

Another game, another one-goal victory. However, we just don’t seem to be opening opponents like last season. Manchester City cut through the opposition like a knife through hot butter while we seem like a plastic spork trying to carve a steak.

We created a few chances but our players seemed to snatch at them. Klopp needs to have a word with the attack as Firmino, Salah and Shaqiri made the wrong pass in the final third.

This was Huddersfield and we were let off but against the likes of City, we will be made to pay for our poor finishing.

4) Fabinho deserves more minutes

The Brazilian has slowly gotten more playing time, and did a decent job when brought in with 20 minutes or so remaining.

Fabinho Liverpool

Fabinho is the only summer signing yet to start a Premier League game for the Reds, but he looked good and could start for us against Red Star Belgrade.

It will be interesting to see how he fits into our system but from a few glimpses, he is confident with the ball at his feet and was willing to take on the opposition defenders with his dribbling ability.

5) Liverpool have some luck on their side

There have been numerous decisions that haven’t gone our way during Klopp’s tenure but we sure are riding our luck now.

Manchester City could have had a penalty when Dejan Lovren tapped Sergio Aguero in our previous Premier League game. This time, James Milner handled the ball but the referee didn’t give a penalty.

Huddersfield also had a shot come off the post, and they failed to take advantage when Virgil van Dijk and Lovren failed to clear the ball in the Liverpool defence.

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The Reds have taken advantage of such situations this season, and long may that continue as we desperately look to win some silverware under Klopp.

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Liverpool slap £15million price tag on out of favour veteran star – PL trio interested

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds want £15million for Simon Mignolet

The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool have slapped a £15million tag on Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The 31-year-old has recorded just a couple of starts for the Reds this season. Mignolet played in the two domestic cup games for Liverpool but both ended in defeat.

The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been an excellent professional this season but has seen his time limited on the pitch because of Alisson. The Brazilian has been an incredible signing for the Reds and even won the Golden Glove in his first season.

Many clubs looking for goalkeepers in the summer

The Daily Mail adds that Watford, Bournemouth and the newly-promoted Norwich all in the market for a goalkeeper.

The 31-year-old is still a part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad and he needs to play regularly to keep his place in the team.

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet

Mignolet has had his ups and downs at Anfield but no one can question his commitment to the side. The Belgian has always been supportive of the team, even if he isn’t playing regularly.

It will be interesting to see if we can get £15million for the Belgian. Liverpool have pulled off some incredible deals for players such as Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke in recent times, and the Reds will be tough negotiators in the upcoming transfer market as well.

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Liverpool also need to take a decision on who the No.2 would be for Alisson next season as we need a reliable back-up should the Brazilian pick up an injury or something.

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Boost for Liverpool as reputed Spanish expert confirms Reds are in contact with Ajax star

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Latest Liverpool news: Guillem Balague claims Liverpool are talking with Matthijs de Ligt

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague spoke on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily Podcast and claimed that Liverpool are in talks with Matthijs de Ligt (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The Spaniard claimed that the Reds have “been talking to him” about a possible move (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt

De Ligt is one of the best players in the Dutch league and led Ajax to another Eredivisie title. The 19-year-old helped Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League but the team were knocked out by Tottenham.

Manchester City also in the running for De Ligt

The Liverpool Echo adds that De Ligt isn’t in a hurry to finalise his future.

There are several clubs interested in the centre-back, with Manchester City also interested in him after Vincent Kompany decided to leave the Cityzens (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the Dutch defender (h/t Liverpool Echo), and the centre-back has done an excellent job alongside Virgil van Dijk in the national team.

Matthijs de Ligt

The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League this season and conceded just 22 goals in 38 games. De Ligt would make a wonderful signing for the present and the future, however, the Reds already have a quality young defender in Joe Gomez.

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The Englishman’s playing time was cut short due to a fracture, while Joel Matip has done a brilliant job alongside Van Dijk in the heart of our defence.

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“Best things come in threes” – Klopp confident of overturning personal record in the CL final

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Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp confident ahead of Champions League clash despite finals record

Jurgen Klopp isn’t fazed by a third Champions League final despite not winning the first two.

The German took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich, and we lost last season to Real Madrid.

Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup final and the Europa League final but we lost both of them. Howeer, the German isn’t worried about that record and spoke about his history of winning things on the third try (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):

“In Germany we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’.

“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.”

The German added that this was his fourth European final and lauded the quality of the teams he had under him.

Klopp claimed that the away win over Bayern Munich was the best away game his team have played at the European level.

Klopp expects a tough game in Madrid

Tottenham will not be an easy side and Klopp did not expect anything other than a tough clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. The German wanted the Reds to call upon their experience from the season and backed the side to play good football:

“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.”

The Reds won both their clashes against Spurs in the Premier League this season but a Champions League final could see the best of the London side.

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Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Spurs but we have the quality to win the sixth Champions League crown.

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