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Swansea City provided Liverpool with a real test as the Reds just about held on for a win. The Welsh side actually took the lead against the high scoring Merseyside club. Leroy Fer got the goal for the Swans after some poor defending in the Liverpool penalty box.

Liverpool came out a different side in the second half and absolutely hammered the Swans. Though the Reds were lucky to head into half time just trailing by one goal, it was Roberto Firmino who turned things around.

The Brazilian scored first from a cross by Jordan Henderson in the second half. Firmino then won Liverpool a penalty which was slotted in calmly by James Milner. Liverpool claimed their fourth Premier League win in a row but a lot of their players were below par.

We look back at the tough game and rate the Liverpool players.

Loris Karius – 6/10

The German goalkeeper made Simon Mignolet look like Manuel Neuer. Karius was poor throughout the game and was lucky to have conceded just one goal. He was flapping at crosses and it certainly is a worry as to how Liverpool will deal with two shaky goalkeepers.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7/10

One of the better players on the night. Clyne was partly responsible for the goal conceded by Liverpool but had a great outing in the second half. He could have done a lot better in the final third but still, it was a pretty good showing.

Dejan Lovren – 5/10

The Croatian had a poor game, especially in the first half. It seems the driving video has taken a toll on the Croatian but he did perform better in the second half.

Joel Matip – 6/10

The former Schalke man was no better than Lovren and had a mixed afternoon. The second half was better as Liverpool somehow did not concede late in the game.

James Milner – 7/10

Milner had a poor first half, just like the rest of the team but he bucked up in the second stanza. The Englishman scored the winning goal but was much better in defence also.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The Captain struggled initially but he did provide the cross for the first goal and was always willing to dictate play for the side.

Adam Lallana – NA

Barely got to do much in the game and was taken off in the first half.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10

Wijnaldum again did well in the second half as his running and pressing caused the Swansea side a lot of problems. The Dutch midfielder should have done better in the first half but the entire team was poor.

Sadio Mane – 7/10

Probably the brightest Liverpool player this season, Mane struggled as well. Though his pace was a pain for the Swansea defence in the first half.

Philippe Coutinho – 7/10

The Brazilian was a little off colour and didn’t do all that well in the first half. He did come alive in the second half but the Reds would have wanted more from him.

Roberto Firmino – 7/10

The work rate of the Brazilian cannot be questioned and he kept on running in the game. He got the equaliser for the Reds and then got the winning penalty as well.

Substitutes:

Daniel Sturridge – 6/10

The English striker was brought to replace the injured Adam Lallana and looked a little out of sorts. Sturridge really didn’t feature much in the game, though he did get booked for a dive.

Divock Origi – NA

A late substitute in the game, Origi did make a couple of decent runs but had very little time to make a real impact.

Emre Can – NA

Can came on late in the game and didn’t really do much in the match apart from barging into the referee.

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

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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.

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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 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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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