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Opinion: 15 seconds set the tone for Liverpool’s win over Huddersfield as big-money signing finally gets going

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Liverpool opinion: Naby Keita is coming to the Liverpool party finally

Out of all the summer signings for Liverpool, the one I was most excited about was Naby Keita.

The Guinea midfielder had been one of the stars for RB Leipzig over two seasons and seemed to be a fantastic fit for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

However, the transition to the Premier League didn’t go as planned. Keita looked decent in our season opener against West Ham United but he didn’t put in fantastic performances on a regular basis.

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Naby Keita celebrates against Porto

Couple that with the form of Georginio Wijnaldum this season, and Fabinho gaining prominence, and Keita was finding it tough to start regularly.

The 24-year-old suffered from several minor injuries which kept him out of the side as Liverpool kept doing their bit by staying on top of the Premier League.

Klopp seems to trust Keita’s ability and has given the midfielder chances to prove himself. The Guinean has started our last five games and has scored thrice in them. The 24-year-old got his first goal for the Reds in the 3-1 win over Southampton and has improved with every game since.

Pressing presence puts Liverpool to the top

Keita seems to be a player that needs confidence when going onto the pitch. That first goal against Southampton seems to have done him a world of good, and he was fantastic in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield.

Pressing from the start, something that Klopp’s Liverpool are known for, Keita won the ball from the kick-off and was played in by Mohamed Salah.

The Guinea midfielder didn’t waste time as he shot low past Jonas Lossl into the net to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead after just 15 seconds.

That was our fastest ever goal in Premier League history, and Keita kept on harrying and pressing the Huddersfield team.

The midfielder complete 92% of all his passes in the game, the highest for the Reds amongst outfield players.

Keita also had two dribbles in the game, which was only second to Mohamed Salah. The Guinea midfielder also recorded four tackles in the game, tied highest with Georginio Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold (All stats courtesy Whoscored.com).

Granted this was only Huddersfield, but you have to beat what is laid out in front of you.

The 24-year-old seems to be getting into the groove of things at Liverpool, and this is great news for the Reds.

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Fabinho took time to show his ability and Keita is doing his bit now. Hopefully, he will get better as the season comes to an end and starts the upcoming campaign in great form.

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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Klopp wants to keep experienced star at Liverpool despite interest from European giants

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose Dejan Lovren in the summer

Calciomercato claims that AC Milan will find it difficult to sign Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender recently returned to the Reds for pre-season training, and report claims that the Reds value Lovren at €25million.

The 30-year-old was not a regular starter for us last season due to injuries and the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

However, the Croatian is one of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League, and the report adds that Jurgen Klopp admires Lovren’s leadership at the back.

The report claims that this is one reason why Klopp wants to keep Lovren in the team for as long as possible.

Liverpool won’t let Lovren go on the cheap

The report adds that Liverpool are looking to get the complete €25m for Lovren and are not willing to reduce his price.

Milan would have to match the valuation for Liverpool to even consider selling the Croatian (h/t Calciomercato).

The Reds have signed Sepp van den Berg, a young centre-back, in the summer, however, Klopp’s thought process regarding Lovren makes a lot of sense.

The Croatian hasn’t made any noises of wanting to leave and did a decent job in most of his games last season.

Signing a senior defender for the upcoming season would not be easy, and the Croatian has a great relationship with most of the Liverpool players, such as Mohamed Salah.

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Lovren’s experience is certainly great for a young Liverpool team, and it will be interesting to see what our actions are in the summer window.

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“I would say yes”: Klopp opens up on where Liverpool star’s future lies

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp claims Mignolet’s future is with Reds

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Simon Mignolet would be staying despite the keeper being unsure about his playing time at the club (h/t Daily Mail).

Alisson was signed last summer, and the Brazilian has been excellent with the Reds.

The keeper won the Golden Glove in the Champions League and the Premier League, and won the Copa America this summer.

Simon Mignolet in action

Alisson was also the Man of the Match in our 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final.

However, Klopp was certain that Mignolet would stay, and praised his professionalism last season (h/t Daily Mail):

“Yes, (it’s) how I’ve heard.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months – not weeks. Before we left (for the summer break) we had talk. I would say yes (he stays).”

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

Klopp added that the Reds need quality players in all positions, and that was the situation with our goalkeepers:

“At a club like Liverpool you need two number ones in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon.

“It’s a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

Mignolet needs more games at Liverpool

The Belgian only played two games for the first-team last season, with those appearances coming in the domestic cups.

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Mignolet needs to play regularly as he is in the prime of his goalkeeping career, and the Reds should offer him the same next season.

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The Reds are in additional competitions this season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with the Belgian.

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Liverpool turn to veteran keeper to solve current injury crisis

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds move for Andy Lonergan to solve keeper issue

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds have moved for former Preston North End goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to solve their problems between the sticks.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp has brought in the 35-year-old keeper who last played for Middlesbrough.

Lonergan is set to travel to the US for our tour of North America, according to the report, as Simon Mignolet is the only fit senior keeper Liverpool have.

Andy Lonergan

Alisson is away on a break after winning the Copa America while the Reds have seen two young keepers pick up injuries.

Caoimhin Kelleher is out with a wrist injury, Vitezslav Jaros injured his ankle ligaments while Kamil Grabara is yet to report for duty after his U21 Euro exploits with Poland.

Mignolet had to play almost the entirety of our pre-season friendly against Bradford with Dan Atherton being given a few minutes last night.

Lonergan not signing a deal with Liverpool

The report adds that the 35-year-old keeper will not sign a contract with Liverpool, and is unlikely to play in the US games.

Simon Mignolet in action

Liverpool play Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon in this part of the pre-season tour.

Lonergan is a well-travelled keeper, with stints at Rochdale, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Wolves.

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Liverpool have won both of their pre-season games so far, and their first clash of the season is against Norwich on 9th August.

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