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Veteran Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been linked with a move to Liverpool but his agent Carlo Cutropia did not take these reports kindly.

The former Real Madrid stopper is currently at the Portuguese club FC Porto but has fallen out of favors, so much so, that he has lost his place in the first-team! With the player set to become a free agent on July 1, 2018, the rumour mills were quick to link him with Liverpool.

There is no surprise in this, considering the eternal need for a safe goalkeeper at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp has invested his faith in Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius but neither has been able to convince that they can be long-term options.

Although the reasons for their problems go beyond their ‘keeper, Klopp’s frustration with his incumbent pair has led the links to Casillas who has emerged as a genuine contender.

But, his agent has come out against these reports insisting that there is no truth in these reports and that his 36-year-old client will not be moving to Liverpool.

“Of the crazy stuff I have seen, this is the craziest,” he told Radio Renascena, as quoted by Metro. “It is crazy and there is no truth in it.”

Casillas made a great start to the season, keeping 7 clean sheets in 10 appearances. However, he was dropped from the team after what was reported as ‘bad attitude in training’.

Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao has made it clear that he is unhappy with Casillas’ attitude in training and has subsequently frozen him out of action in favour of Jose Sa.

Porto played Boavista in the weekend where Sa started again for the visitors where they won 3-0. Casillas once again had to be content with a place on the bench but his agent was quick to point out that the situation is not out of control and that it will settle down soon.

“Casillas is calm and happy at Porto and he wants to play, logically, just like any footballer.

“I believe that Iker and the manager speak every day, but there are issues between the manager and the player.

“You have to give it time but there is complete calm. I am reading many things in the press, everything is false, and it leaves me surprised, and that’s it.”

Should this put an end to Casillas rumours? Although that appears to be the logical conclusion, I hardly doubt if that would happen. There is no doubt that the player is unhappy right now.

If he continues warming the bench for the next month as well, Casillas may start looking at his options. And, if that happens, Klopp will be more than happy to test Porto’s resolve of keeping their star ‘keeper on the bench.

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“Dont know where he goes from here now” – Some Liverpool fans concerned about youngster returning from loan deal

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Ovie Ejaria is set to return to Liverpool and end his loan spell with Rangers early. The club released a statement regarding the 21-year-old who scored two goals in 28 games for Steven Gerrard’s side. The release added this was the best move for all involved.

“However, following discussions between the two clubs, as well as Ejaria and his family, it has been determined an early return to the Reds is in the best interests of all parties concerned.”

The release thanked the Scottish giants for helping the 21-year-old Englishman, and it will be interesting to see what the next step for the youngster would be.

Ejaria is one of the highly rated players in our youth system but for some reason, things just did not work out for him at Rangers.

We have another star on loan at Rangers in Ryan Kent, and the winger has been doing pretty well at the club. Many Liverpool fans chipped in with their thoughts regarding the return of Ejaria, and here are some reactions from Twitter.

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Xherdan Shaqiri shocks the Red Devils – Liverpool player ratings from 3-1 win over Man United

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Liverpool 3-1 Man United: Shaqiri double seals the deal for the Reds

Jurgen Klopp finally got a win over Manchester United in the Premier League. Liverpool picked up a 3-1 win over their biggest rivals and jumped back to the top of the table.

Sadio Mane got the opener but things took a turn when Alisson spilt a cross and Jesse Lingard scored in the first half.

The Reds dominated the game but things weren’t working. However, Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench and scored a couple of deflected goals as Anfield went wild. This was a well deserved win for the Reds and here are the player ratings from the game.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Alisson – 6.5/10

The Brazilian looked alright with the ball at his feet but his mistake could have been huge had we not won the game. Alisson looked calmer in the second half and was barely troubled.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7/10

Got a start in the Premier League and did a decent job at the back. The Englishman could be a huge bonus for us in the remainder of the season.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

It was great seeing Lovren not make any mistakes at the back, even though some of his passes weren’t the best.

Virgil van Dijk – 8/10

The Dutch defender did a great job at the back and was rarely troubled by the physical Romelu Lukaku.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

The left-back’s crosses weren’t the best but his energy down the flank was brilliant and he had a couple of crucial interceptions to keep United from scoring.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

Another regular Wijnaldum performance as he ran his socks off and kept things moving for the Reds.

Fabinho – 8.5/10

This was a fantastic performance from the Brazilian as he controlled the midfield and had a brilliant assist for Mane’s opener.

Georginio Wijnaldum

Naby Keita – 7/10

The Guinea midfielder was played on the left and did a good enough job with his running.

Sadio Mane – 8/10

The misses against Napoli won’t count for much now as he scored the first goal of the game. The Senegal attacker even set up the second goal, although there were a few deflections.

Roberto Firmino – 7.5/10

Again, the Brazilian was played behind Mohamed Salah but it didn’t matter as he put in a great shift by harassing the United players.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

The Egyptian was marked well by the United defence but he kept on running, trying to create.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool

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Xherdan Shaqiri – 9/10

What a substitution. The Swiss was the spark for the Reds in the second half and no one from Liverpool will care that both his goals came off deflections. He was quick on the ball on both occasions and made United pay.

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Came on late to keep things calm.

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“It was worth it” – Liverpool star’s verdict on Klopp’s £8,000 worth celebration against Everton

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Alisson believes that Jurgen Klopp’s fine for his wild celebrations against Everton was “worth it”. Liverpool won the Merseyside derby, thanks to a 96th-minute winner from Divock Origi, and the goal was a little crazy too.

The ball came off the crossbar twice after Jordan Pickford failed to gather a sliced effort from Virgil van Dijk, and Origi nodded in the winner.

Alisson was celebrating in the middle of the pitch when Klopp ran out and hugged the keeper before continuing his celebrations in the dugout.

The keeper was speaking to the Times (h/t Express) as he described those moments:

“It’s hard to explain what was happening. It was at the end of the game, I was celebrating.

“Generally, I prefer not to celebrate too much so I can concentrate on the game and stay level-headed but the goal came at the end of the game so I could let it all out.”

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Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

The Brazilian couldn’t believe what the manager was doing, as he continued his celebrations before adding that the punishment was worth the madness.

“I ran to the middle of the field and did my usual celebrations, pointing to the heavens, thanking God, and then I looked to one side and I saw Jurgen and I thought, ‘What is he doing?’

“It was a great moment and I gave him a big hug. I appreciate it wasn’t the correct thing to do and he has been punished for that – but it was worth it.”

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The Express adds that Klopp was given a £8,000 fine for his exuberant celebrations, but that is a small price to pay for defeating our cross-town rivals.

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