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Liverpool might be on top of the Premier League but they still haven’t kept more than one clean sheet all season. While the Reds seem to stick with Loris Karius between the sticks, there are rumblings that the Merseyside club could be searching the market for a new defender in the January transfer window and according to RMC Sport (via Tuttomercatoweb) it is PSG star Presnel Kimpembe.

The French defender – Mamadou Sakho – has fallen out of favour at the club and his transgressions certainly have not made it easy for Jurgen Klopp to include him in the first team. Sakho has also seen his position being taken over by Joel Matip and the pairing of Matip and Dejan Lovren is what the German manager of the club prefers.

The Reds will need to bring in someone to deal with the loss of Sakho and it could be another French defender making his way to the club. Presnel Kimpembe also plays for the same club as Sakho used to, Paris Saint-Germain, and he is touted as the next big thing in French football.

The 21-year-old made a name for himself last season when he played nine games in total but this season has seen his rise and he has played eight games in all this season. There were a lot of rumours doing the rounds that the defender could be out of his club as his contract ran up to only 2018.

He was even dropped from the team in a recent game against Toulouse but his coach stated it was due to tactical reasons.

Unai Emery was quoted by RMC sport as saying:

“I’m glad to have Presnel Kimpembe. When David Luiz left, we decided to make him number three in central defence. When on the bench, replacements often involve offensive players, although sometimes you need defenders. So I chose from time to time not to take him as a substitute.

“But if they tell me tomorrow that Thiago Silva or Marquinhos is not ready, Kimpembe will play. He knows it. The club never asked me not to include a layer. If they are not [on the bench] this is just a tactical choice.”

New contract for Presnel

All these rumours have been laid to waste as the defender is set to sign a new contract with improved conditions at PSG. The same French outlet have stated that Presnel could end up earning as much as £174,000, which would be a humongous rise compared to his earlier wage.

The 21-year-old was holding out for a good deal and it seems that it will work out for him in the end. Liverpool might not be willing to match this crazy amount that is being provided to Presnel and the deal does seem to be in the air.

The Reds might have to look at their academy or even playing with Lucas Leiva should Sakho leave. They have also been linked with a move for Niklas Sule, who would be a better and cheaper signing than Kimpembe. The Reds have the cash but they need to spend it wisely.

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Bad news for Liverpool? Gary Neville claims Man City will have this advantage over the Reds during next two Premier League match days

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Manchester City have an advantage over Liverpool in the next two rounds of the Premier League.

The Reds played before City in the last weekend and piled on the pressure after defeating Crystal Palace. City made light work of Huddersfield and will play before the Reds after the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.

Neville was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Express) and claimed playing first was preferable:

“[It makes] a big difference.

“It’s preferable.”

The Sky Sports pundit further claimed that during his playing days at United, the team felt playing first was an advantage. Getting the points first before their rivals was always preferred, according to Neville, and he believed City will put the pressure on Liverpool.

“Either go further in front or close the gap. There’s no doubt it’s a different type of pressure.

“City will absolutely want to be closing that gap to one point, and asking Liverpool have they got it in them to stand the pressure of playing the day after or two days after.”

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City play Newcastle away a day before we host Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men then host Arsenal a day prior to us travelling to West Ham United.

The Premier League champions can cut the lead to just one point before we face Leicester, and it will be important for us to respond in the perfect manner, irrespective of City’s result.

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Liverpool haven’t dropped many points this season, and if we win these two Premier League games, the pressure will be back on our rivals as the race for the title heats up.

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“This makes me very happy”, “Extremely happy for him” – Some Liverpool fans excited as star Englishman returns to training in Dubai

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Liverpool are off to the sunny shores of Dubai for a much-needed warm weather break. The Reds lead the Premier League but came off two tough wins in recent weeks.

The last one saw us just about defeat Crystal Palace at Anfield and a few players are doubtful for the clash against Leicester City.

Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are facing fitness issues, however, there was some good news for the Liverpool fans as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught training in Dubai.

The Englishman picked up an ACL injury in our Champions League tie against AS Roma last season and has not played for the side since.

The Reds have missed his driving runs and goals this season. Who knows what the team could have done if Liverpool had Oxlade-Chamberlain playing from the first game in this campaign!

It would be fantastic if we can have the Ox back for some games during the later stage of the season as we look to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds hold a four-point lead over Manchester City and have some tough games remaining this season.

Several fans were excited over Ox’s training and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.

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“He sometimes sends me messages” – Virgil van Dijk cannot believe this Liverpool legend texts him prior to games

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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has revealed that club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish messages the Dutchman before games.

Van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world and has helped the Reds to the top of the Premier League.

The Dutchman joined the Reds from Southampton last year and told Liverpoolfc.com about spoke about the King being open with Van Dijk:

“Kenny Dalglish gave me his mobile number in the very beginning and told me to ring him at any time.

“It is unbelievable when he sometimes sends me messages before games. That is what Liverpool is about.”

The defender added that on match-days he gets to meet many legends and learn more about the club’s history.

The Dutch defender has possibly been the best player for the Reds this season, and could reach legendary status, just like Kenny if he keeps doing the job at the back.

It isn’t just Van Dijk who has been great, the rest of the Liverpool back-four has been fantastic in most games. The Dutchman is an incredible presence at the back, and he seems to make players better if they play alongside him.

The Reds have one of the best defences in Europe, and should we keep things tight at the back, there is a chance of winning silverware under Jurgen Klopp.

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If the Dutchman helps us to the Premier League title, there is no doubt he would be considered as one of the best to have ever played for Liverpool.

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