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



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

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.

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Liverpool dealt a blow in hunt for promising teenage starlet as Serie A giants are unwilling to sell the player



Liverpool FC transfer news: Inter Milan unwilling to sell Sebastiano Esposito

Calciomercato claims that Inter Milan are unwilling to sell their rising starlet Sebastiano Esposito despite interest from Liverpool.

The 16-year-old was given his debut this season when he came on to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League knockout rounds.

Inter could not defeat the Bundesliga side but there is interest in the 16-year-old from Manchester City too (h/t Calciomercato).

The report adds that Inter see him as the future of the club and will only look to loan him out or let him play in the Primavera League.

The 16-year-old has already made a big name for himself with some great performances for the Italy U-17 team, and he seems set to remain with the Serie A giants for a while.

Liverpool need to build on their great season

The Reds have a great first XI but could do with more talent to strengthen the squad.

Esposito might be highly rated but it would be unlikely seeing him break into the first-team or even push the likes of Rhian Brewster and Divock Origi for game time next season.

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Rhian Brewster

Liverpool need to build on an impressive season and it will be interesting to see our moves in the transfer window. The Reds missed out on the Premier League title by one point but can finish the season on a high by winning the Champions League.

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Liverpool face Tottenham in the final on June 1 and should be favourites to land their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool cool interest in £43m South American star as PL rivals make their move



Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds cool interest in Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez

Liverpool have cooled their interest in 22-year-old Maxi Gomez, according to the Daily Star.

The report claims that the Reds enquired about the Uruguayan sensation, however, they have backed out of a deal to sign the Celta Vigo attacker.

Gomez has impressed at the La Liga side over the past two seasons. The 22-year-old scored 13 times in the league, with five assists to his name during the campaign.

Maxi Gomez

Maxi Gomez

The report adds that the forward has a £43m release clause in his contract and there is interest from our Champions League final opponents, Tottenham.

Spurs have made contact with the player’s representatives, according to the report, while there is also interest from Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool have a couple of up and coming strikers in the team

Roberto Firmino is the first-choice striker in the team and the Reds have a couple of young options who could do a job in place of the Brazilian.

Divock Origi was the surprise package of the season, nabbing some important goals despite not featuring a lot for the team. The Belgian bagged a brace against Barcelona recently and even scored the winners against Everton and Newcastle in the Premier League.

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Rhian Brewster also seems set to play for the first-team next season, and the forward is one of the most highly-rated youngsters we have in the team.

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(Photos) Liverpool touch down in Marbella for CL training camp with one surprise inclusion



Latest Liverpool news: Liverpool players reach Marbella for Champions League final training

Jurgen Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool team landed in Marbella for their Champions League final training sessions.

The Reds face Tottenham on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano for the final of the tournament as they look to win their sixth Champions League crown.

Liverpool visited Marbella earlier this season, and there was one major surprise joining the team in the training camp.

Naby Keita was initially ruled out for the season by Klopp after he picked up an injury against Barcelona. However, his national team manager Paul Put believes the Guinea midfielder could be back for the Champions League final (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The heroes from the win over Barcelona looked to be in the mood, with Georginio Wijnaldum pictured alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Divock Origi, who scored a brace against Barcelona, could get a start in case Roberto Firmino isn’t fit for the final.

The usual suspects for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah also checked into the training camp and the Egyptian could be the difference maker for us in Madrid.

Virgil van Dijk has been excellent for us from the day he signed for us, and his leadership at the back will be one of the keys to winning the Champions League.

Our captain, Jordan Henderson, was also one of the stars in the win over Barcelona while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s crosses led to two goals against the Catalans.

Andy Robertson returned from injury to face Wolves on the final day of the season, and he should be ready to play in the final.

Alisson also pulled off some fantastic saves against Barcelona and won the Premier League Golden Glove award.

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The Reds are slight favourites for the title and we have already defeated Spurs twice in the Premier League this season.

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