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The Liverpool-Manchester United game has gotten many people charged up. Even former Liverpool player Phil Thompson has spoken out about the clash but he did have a view on who could be England’s next captain.

While Jordan Henderson did get a chance to captain the national side after Wayne Rooney was dropped, the Liverpool legend has picked out a Manchester United player who could be the next captain.

Thompson was quoted by Sky Sports before the big game and had this to say regarding the captaincy issue for England.

“I can’t believe Chris Smalling isn’t starting with John Stones for England. People have been talking about the next England captain and he should not only be starting ahead of Cahill, but also considered for that role”.

Smalling is one of the best defenders in the Premier League

It does sound a little weird that a Liverpool great would speak about another Manchester United player, it does make sense from an English point of view. It is a surprise that Smalling is not starting more games for England. (Rated €36.4 Million by CIES Football Observatory)

The 26-year-old was probably the best defender Manchester United had last season and did a pretty stellar job for Louis van Gaal’s side. His place in the United starting XI came under threat after the signing of Eric Bailly and also the pre-season injury he picked up in Asia.

Smalling though should be a starter in the game against Liverpool and could be one of the players to keep an eye out for. The Englishman has only played five Premier League games this season, two of which came from the bench.

The former Fulham player is certainly going to have a tough time defending against the likes of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and could be a weak point for the Red Devils.

Smalling as a captain?

The Englishman might be one of the best defenders for England but he certainly is not the captain material as stated by Thompson. The defender isn’t a leader and certainly it cannot be said that he would do a better job that Jordan Henderson for England.

A captain has to be someone who is vocal and also commands the respect of his teammates. While Henderson might not be the best replacement for Wayne Rooney, he certainly is a better option than the Manchester United man and it is a little concerning that there isn’t a better option in the mind of Thompson for this role.

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Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Liverpool don’t seem to be the same team from last season, despite boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League.

The Reds beat Fulham 2-0 to make it 30 points from 12 games, and are just two behind Manchester City who lead the table.

Our attack hasn’t blitzed the opposition like last season, but the numbers suggest this has been an amazing start to the Premier League campaign.

Ian Doyle wrote for the Liverpool Echo about the latest game and claimed that we have matched our best points tally after 12 games.

Doyle further claimed that our goal difference of +18 was the best in terms of Premier League seasons.

Our attack might not be firing on all cylinders but our defence has been exceptional so far. Alisson kept yet another clean sheet on Sunday, and we also equalled the record for clean sheets from 1977-78 and 1978-79.

James Milner scores for Liverpool against Arsenal

In fact, our defence has been the reason why we have done so well this season. We barely seem to concede and Virgil van Dijk has been an exceptional purchase, alongside Alisson.

The pair combined well to start an attack against the Cottagers on Sunday. Van Dijk signalled Alisson to take a free-kick early, and that resulted in Mohamed Salah opening the scoring for the Reds.

The Reds haven’t been that great in the Champions League, and we need to ensure our qualification into the next round.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.

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“I can’t believe it”, “Shocked” – Some Liverpool fans unsure about Mohamed Salah’s choice of T-shirt



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Mohamed Salah is one of the biggest stars in football. The Egyptian has grown in stature since his move to Liverpool from AS Roma last season, and helped Liverpool to a Champions League final too.

The former Roma star is also one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and there have been murals, statues and paintings celebrating the success of the Liverpool attacker.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the player wants a bit of privacy and Salah tweeted an image of him travelling “incognito”.

The player wearing a Balaclava would not have been much of a problem, but many fans didn’t like his choice of shirt.

The Egyptian wore a “Project-Playboy” shirt and while we cannot say what his intentions were by sporting the shirt, some of the fans questioned his taste, while others some supported him.

Read more: Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham

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“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham



Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.

The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:

“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.

“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.

“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”

Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.

The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.

The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.

Read more: “Start him every match” – Some Liverpool fans want star to start every game after impressing against Fulham

Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.

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