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Fan rant of the day: Jurgen Klopp did the right thing by slowly integrating these two stars

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Jurgen Klopp & Xherdan Shaqiri

Another game, another Liverpool win and more goals from Mohamed Salah. That was the narrative for our 4-1 triumph over Cardiff City.

The Reds didn’t play to their best but had enough moments of quality to see off the newly promoted side. Roberto Firmino was up to his no look tricks, Sadio Mane scored a couple of brilliant goals and our defence looked great, even though we conceded a goal.

There were a couple of players who caught the eye though, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho.

We have been harping for the pair to get games and Jurgen Klopp has played them in bit parts, but we seem to be seeing the best of them now.

The Brazilian didn’t have the greatest game in our 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup. However, the midfielder was a monster in the 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in the weekend.

Fabinho Liverpool

The former Monaco man was tackling and intercepting like there was no tomorrow, but we saw the difference in a Premier League game and a game against one of the smaller teams in the Champions League.

Cardiff were no pushovers and matched us in the first half. They didn’t create many chances to score but limited our opportunities on goal. Fabinho was a little slow to some tackles in the first half but when he got into the groove, there was no stopping him.

Shaqiri has shown in glimpses of his ability and was the game changer in the 4-1 win over the Bluebirds. Liverpool had just conceded when the Alpine Messi had come on.

Salah played a brilliant ball to Shaq who shifted the ball to his left foot and calmly slotted into the net. That goal calmed our nerves and Mane got the final goal of the game with the Egyptian assisting again. Shaqiri could be one of the signings of the season, and him being bedded in slowly, along with Fabinho makes sense now.

The Reds started with a team that was similar to the one from last season. Barring Alisson, our starting XI was the same from the last campaign.

Klopp has worked his magic, once again, with the players at the club as most of our stars are playing to the same level as last season. Yes, Salah, Firmino and Mane don’t look as sharp as last season but overall, our team is doing better than at the corresponding time from the previous campaign.

Alisson was brilliant from day one and now Shaqiri and Fabinho are showing what they are capable of doing.

Read more: “He’s a beast”, “What a player” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy as star scores first goal against Cardiff

The only player left to shine is Naby Keita, who is out with an injury. However, we are certain he will come good with Klopp working with the Guinea midfielder.

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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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