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Liverpool started their pre-season training with a positive result as the Reds managed to defeat Tranmere Rovers few days back. The margin between the score wasn’t that impressive, but the side somehow managed to grab the winner. The German manager Jurgen Klopp gave a debut to all the new arrivals, but it was Danny Ings, who scored the only goal of the game.

Anyways, a win is a win; no matter how or by how many. The pre-season actually plays a major role for the new manager, as this is where he identifies the key areas that needs to be developed.

So far, Klopp has completed three signings in the summer and many reports are suggesting that the German manager is looking for more. There are many areas where Liverpool need an upgrade, notably; the forward line, the central line and the defensive line (left back). If the manager fulfills the need, the club would be a beast in the Premier League.

There are many players in Europe who are linked with a move to the Anfield, and here, we give you the names of those three players, who Liverpool need to sign, but probably won’t be signing due to some reasons:

  1. Mario Gotze-

Klopp with Gotze

Klopp with Gotze

The 24-year-old German midfielder, who scored the only goal in the 2014 World Cup final was regularly touted as a potential target for the Merseyside club and many even reported that the Reds are on the verge to complete the transfer. Gotze has previously worked with Klopp during his time at Dortmund, and therefore, he would be a perfect player to drive the young Liverpool team.

Gotze was having a very hard time with the German Champions Bayern Munich as he failed to make it to the first team under Guardiola, but as the Bavarians announced a new manager, Gotze decided to stay at the club to fight for the spot. But his celebration was cut short by the newly arrived Carlo Ancelotti as he recently stated that he won’t guarantee a first team spot to Gotze in the upcoming season.

  1. Gonzalo Higuain-

Gonzalo Higuain

The 28-year-old Argentine striker enjoyed a fine season with the Italian giants Napoli last season, and recently, it has been reported that the player has refused to sign a new contract with the club and that has fueled the rumours of him travelling to England. During the Copa America, the Liverpool manager was spotted alongside Higuain’s brother, who also works as his agent and that gave away speculations that Klopp is looking to sign the player.

Soon after that incident, there were reports claiming that the player himself has stated a desire to play alongside Klopp, but nothing has been concluded since then. It is no secret that the Reds need an experienced striker, and for that, Higuain is the best possible option for the team.

  1. Jonas Hector-

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As we mentioned earlier, Liverpool need a left back and they need one desperately. With Moreno doing nothing better under Klopp, it was understood that Klopp is looking to replace the Spaniard by signing a new and improved defender. Many players were linked at that moment of time, including Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, the former Lorient defender Raphaël Guerreiro, who recently joined Borussia Dortmund, but there was a player, who was rumoured to be the priority of the manager.

We are here talking about the 26-year-old 1. FC Köln’s left back Jonas Hector. After his wonderful season with the German side, he was reportedly targeted by Jurgen Klopp as the manager saw him the best replacement for the error prone Alberto Moreno, but as always, nothing has been materialized and now it looks like the move is nothing but a myth as it is reported that Barcelona are planning to make a move for Hector.

 

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Liverpool in the race with Man United to sign 20-year-old promising Championship defender

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Lloyd Kelly

Lloyd Kelly

Bristol City youngster Lloyd Kelly is being tracked by Liverpool after several fantastic performances in the Championship, according to the Mirror.

The 20-year-old Englishman is predominantly a left-back but is comfortable when switched to operate as a centre-back.

Kelly has 18 Championship appearances for City this season and has even scored a goal. The Championship side lie 13th in the league as they try to push up for a playoff spot.

The report adds that Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the England U21 international. The youngster, who seems to be a player for the future, has also trained with the England senior squad under Gareth Southgate.

The report claims that we are looking to sign him in the winter window, but face competition from the trio of Premier League clubs.

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The Reds have done well with some of their young players in recent years and Kelly could be one for the coming years. He could make a story similar to Joe Gomez at Anfield.

The latter joined us on the cheap from Charlton Athletic a few years ago and even made his senior debut as the left-back. However, he has now shifted to central defence and has been impressive for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp.

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

Gomez is out for a few weeks due to injury and hopefully, he comes back stronger as we look to continue our fantastic start to the season.

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“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season

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Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.

We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.

Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.

“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.

“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.

“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”

Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.

We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.

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“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants

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Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.

The American was a target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in 2016 (h/t Liverpool Echo), but the Reds had their offer rejected by the Bundesliga giants.

The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.

Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.

The American told Colin Cowherd (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.

“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”

The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.

The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.

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The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.

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