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All is well over at the Nou Camp these days, with Ernesto Valverde’s side through to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Sporting Lisbon last night and currently sitting pretty at the top of La Liga.

However, Barcelona are expected to splash the cash in the New Year with Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho being their chief target.

The Catalan giants were criticised after spending a large period of the summer chasing Coutinho as a replacement for fellow countryman Neymar, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain this summer for a world record transfer fee.

The Reds showed great resilience to retain the services of our Brazilian star and rebuffed each Barcelona offer, insisting that the midfielder was not for sale. Coutinho, however, was adamant about moving to Spain but was forced to stay put after our manager Jurgen Klopp insisted he would not be going anywhere.

Since the move didn’t materialise, Coutinho has struggled to find his best form. However, of late, the playmaker has regained his form and again illustrated himself as a pivotal element in manager Klopp’s setup. He was just sublime in the 5-1 victory over Brighton last weekend in the Premier League and continues to flourish in a Liverpool jersey.

That being said, adding Coutinho to the squad in January would provide a mid-season boost in overall quality for Barcelona, who are also through to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.

With the Catalan outfit set to make a move for the Brazilian, ex-Reds striker Luis Suarez, however, insists he remains uninformed of any potential transfer deals at Camp Nou.

Suarez and Coutinho maintain a close bond from their time at Liverpool, having spent 18 months at Anfield together. It is believed the Uruguayan has urged the Barcelona hierarchy to step up their efforts in luring Coutinho away from Anfield in January.

Yet, Suarez says he is unaware of Barcelona’s possible signings or departures.

“There is a lot of speculation at the moment about players who can come and others who can leave, but we remain unaware of this,” Suarez was quoted in a report by Marca (h/t Daily Star).

The Uruguay striker, who spent three years at Anfield before moving to Barcelona, also defended the club’s summer transfer dealings, saying:

“Neymar is a different and special player who expected many things.”

“Different players who also contribute a lot have arrived, such as Gerard Deulofeu, who had already been at the club.

“Also Paulinho, who has quietened many critics and is performing at a very high level since he arrived,” Suarez added.

It is good that Suarez is unaware of the happenings regarding the transfer and it is probably because sometimes the board does the dealings silently behind the screens. Irrespective of whether Barcelona try to sign him or not, the point is that Coutinho is crucial to our team and we have to keep hold of him. Case closed.

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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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