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Remember Ryan Babel? The Dutch striker who was at Liverpool for four uneventful years from 2007-11 and is currently at Besiktas is hoping for a reunion with his former club.

As we get ready for the knockout stages of the Champions League, there is a potential chance of Besiktas drawing Liverpool in the last-16 clash. The Turkish side is one of the eight teams left in the Champions League, and are yet to lose a match.

That unbeaten list also includes Liverpool, who currently top Group ‘E’ with 8 points. For Besiktas, the tally is 10 points and a top spot in Group ‘G’ following their 1-1 draw against AS Monaco.

Although they are not yet guaranteed of a knockout spot, there is a very high probability of Besiktas reaching the next round. Let us just say this – it would be a surprise if they don’t make it to the knockouts.

The Dutch striker wants to meet his old team in the last-16 as he feels it would be extra special to play at his old stomping ground.

“I want Liverpool in the next round,” Babel said speaking to CNN (h/t I am not really bothered who we draw but Liverpool would be really special. It would be a really special game for me, but we are ready to take on anyone.”

Turkish opponents are always tricky to face. The intimidating atmosphere players encounter in Turkey plays a major role in the games’ outcome. That is one of the reasons English sides have a less than favourable record against Turkish opponents.

Liverpool have faced Besiktas 4 times in European competitions before and have recorded two wins – once in the Champions League and once in the Europa League. The Black Eagles will have fond memories of knocking the Reds out of the Europa League round of 32 in 2015. Babel wants a similar experience of playing Liverpool and knocking them out.

The Reds are currently on top of their group but with 8 points, we are not yet guaranteed of progress. Sevilla are on 7 points and Spartak Moscow have 5, which means the race to the next round is still wide open.

That means there is a strong possibility that the Reds could finish 2nd in the group and qualify for the next round. On the other hand, Besiktas could finish top of their group even if they lose their next two games – theoretically.

Will Babel get his wish?

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Blow for Liverpool as Chelsea look set to seal £60million deal for Bundesliga star



Christian Pulisic

Chelsea are set to win the race for Borussia Dortmund sensation Christian Pulisic, according to reports from the Daily Mail (h/t Metro).

The 20-year-old American has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United in recent weeks, but the report claims the winger wants to join Chelsea.

The report adds that Jurgen Klopp has been trying to sign Pulisic for a number of years, but Chelsea could announce a summer deal for the American in the coming month.

The American has been one of the most exciting players in the Bundesliga for a couple of years, and losing him to Chelsea would be a huge blow.

Christian Pulisic

The report adds that the American wants to leave in the summer and that Dortmund want to cash in on the player. The fee for the youngster has not been decided between Chelsea and the Bundesliga side, but the report claims it is around £60million.

Pulisic has somewhat been overshadowed by the form of Jadon Sancho as the English youngster has helped Dortmund to an unbeaten start in the Bundesliga.

The youngster is used more as a substitute these days in the Bundesliga by Dortmund and a fresh challenge will do him some good.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool will not make any winter signings this season

The 20-year-old would be an excellent signing for us as he has the potential to be one of the best in the world.

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“This one is definitely the answer” – Former Tottenham boss claims this Liverpool star is the signing of the season



Alisson Liverpool

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood shared his opinion on who the best signing has been in the Premier League this season.

The Englishman went for a goalkeeper and named Alisson while discussing the signings with Robbie Savage on BT Sport (h/t Express):

“They needed to fix a problem they had, and a goalkeeper was obviously a problem for Liverpool.

“They’ve tried to sign goalkeepers in the past and it hasn’t been the answer – this one is definitely the answer.

“He’s outstanding on his feet, he sets the moves off very quickly but most importantly, he keeps the ball out the net. He makes big saves at the right time.

“He has quiet periods in games then he makes a huge save – and that is, for me, a tell-tale sign of a world class goalie.”


Alisson has made several top quality saves since joining Liverpool. The one against Eden Hazard vs Chelsea, the point-blank save off Andre Gomes in the Merseyside derby and his latest was the incredible last-minute save in the Napoli tie.

Sherwood talked up that save in the Champions League and claimed it was Peter Schmeichel-esque. The Englishman also claimed that the Brazilian would have saved the Demba Ba goal during that incredible 2013-14 season where we missed the title.

“You can’t win zero without a good goalkeeper. Right now, Liverpool, they haven’t got the best but they’re right up there with the top three keepers in the Premier League.”

Read more: Liverpool star claims this action against Napoli was similar to scoring a goal

The former AS Roma keeper has conceded just 7 goals from 17 Premier League games, and it will be interesting to see if he can keep more clean sheets in the remainder of the campaign.

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



Ovie Ejaria and Jurgen Klopp

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.

Read more: Liverpool star claims this action against Napoli was similar to scoring a goal

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