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Fabinho and Shaqiri star: Five talking points from Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Red Star



Liverpool against Red Star Belgrade

Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners over Red Star Belgrade in a terrific performance at Anfield. The margin of victory could have been greater had we not missed a number of chances.

Nevertheless, Liverpool looked back to their best, even if we weren’t playing the toughest side in the world.

Our attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all scored. The win put us to the top of our group after three games.

There were a number of talking points from the game, and is our top five:

1) Another commanding display at the back

Liverpool are a tight ship now and it feels great we aren’t conceding sloppy goals. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were fantastic at the back and ensured Alisson kept another clean sheet.

The keeper was barely troubled throughout the night, and it is tough to remember if he had to make a single save too.

The partnership between Van Dijk and Gomez is blossoming, and will only get better with more games this season.

2) Fabinho and Shaqiri sparkle

This was the game where we saw the quality of two of our summer signings. Xherdan Shaqiri continued his form from the win over Huddersfield.

The Swiss star helped in the first goal and created the second. Shaqiri gives us a different dimension in attack and is a great option to have when needing to change things.

Fabinho looked a little off the pace initially but slowly grew into the game. The Brazilian seemed to do everything needed from a world-class defensive midfielder, and he has an eye for a pass too.

The Brazilian was excellent in the win and this is great news for the rest of the season.

3) Mo Salah is back on track

Salah scored a brace in this game and looked really sharp. The Egyptian hasn’t been in free-scoring form but this will do nicely for now.

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool

The former AS Roma man has three goals from his last two games. It will be tough for him to match the 44 from last season, however, more goals will come if he keeps putting in the effort.

4) Plenty of decision making for Klopp

Adam Lallana, Fabinho, Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri have all impressed in the last two games. This gives Klopp a bit of a problem as he has to pick the right team for the upcoming games.

After a long time the Reds have quality options for almost every position.

Daniel Sturridge Liverpool

Klopp has to be careful not to lose our steam. However, the German is the right man at the helm of the club and should get the best out of our stars.

5) Liverpool ride their luck

Liverpool were handed a couple of penalties which could have gone either way. Sadio Mane went down when an arm touched his face while we got one for handball.

The Mane one was debatable, but we haven’t been all that lucky over the years. The Reds also were a bit lucky in our 0-0 draw against Manchester City.

Dejan Lovren could have given away a penalty early on and Riyad Mahrez skied his chance from the spot.

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We have been lucky and hopefully, it continues this way for a long time.

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



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



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



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

“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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