Liverpool are lining up a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, with reports suggesting manager Jurgen Klopp is targeting a Real Madrid midfielder. Regardless of us weathering a heavy storm over the summer to keep hold of Brazilian ace Philippe Coutinho, the Catalan giants are expected to intensify their efforts come the January transfer window.
Coutinho handed in a transfer request last summer to try and force through a move to Barcelona, who were desperately splashing money around to try and fill the Neymar-sized hole that had been left in their side. However, the move collapsed and since then, Klopp has reintegrated the Brazilian into his first-team plans.
It appears that the Reds are already planning for life without the Brazilian, who is still heavily linked with a move to Barcelona.
As per Spanish outlet Diario Gol, Liverpool have verbally agreed to terms with Real Madrid superstar Mateo Kovacic, to sign the player at the end of this season. Apparently, Klopp is a big admirer of the 23-year-old, who is a key squad player for the European champions. Kovacic has been a squad player for Zinedine Zidane ever since he joined Los Blancos and it is understandable as to why he is keen on a move away.
Kovacic only managed 19 La Liga starts last season and has only featured three times for Real in the league so far this season. With limited first-team opportunities, the Croatian is obviously unhappy with his role and is pushing for more game-time ahead of the 2018 World Cup. A player of his quality needs to play regularly in order for him to fulfil the potential.
For those who are not aware of Kovacic, he is highly-rated in Europe and there’s no doubt he keeps the ability to replace Coutinho at Liverpool. Before he left for Madrid, the Croat was the creative hub of Inter Milan and was renowned for his dribbling, vision and passing abilities.
Klopp has laid his eyes on the young Kovacic, who wants to play, but has Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Casemiro ahead of him. He finds himself down the pecking order and in addition, Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente are also fighting for a place in the starting XI.
It’s clear that Kovacic wants to leave Real and Klopp seems to have been excited by what the midfielder can bring to the Merseyside. The ex-Inter star would certainly add an extra dimension to the Liverpool midfield while giving it more balance.
Given his age and the price Madrid paid for him originally, Kovacic is unlikely to come cheap, but with the funds that are expected to come from the sale of Coutinho, Liverpool won’t face many issues in tossing the money to sign the talented Croatian.
Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham
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.
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.
Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.
“I can’t believe it”, “Shocked” – Some Liverpool fans unsure about Mohamed Salah’s choice of T-shirt
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”.
Travelling incognito.😀 pic.twitter.com/1Ys7bx6AUg
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 12, 2018
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.
Salah charging pic.twitter.com/qpRFwau1Tm
— Engr.Faris 🇸🇦 (@Mustache_O) November 12, 2018
— Stuart Maxwell (@cobblerstu) November 12, 2018
— شحات عمران (@gnsPHNmRt71XgdA) November 12, 2018
Be careful mo
— Nathan Astin (@nathastin) November 12, 2018
Try going Rambo next time😂cheers for the pic 🙏 pic.twitter.com/FUFoTVGVcX
— Nav nagra (@Navnagra4) November 12, 2018
Is that Playboy t shirt or another rabbit symbol
— Mohamed Salah Bastawy (@bastawy_salah) November 12, 2018
Playboy ya Salah pic.twitter.com/uAxT1ZYUth
— Abdelrahman mohamed (@Abdelra32371181) November 12, 2018
Mo Salah wearing playboy tees huhhh💉💉💉💉
— _ (@MB_86_) November 12, 2018
Not mo salah mo play boy
I can’t believe it
— husseinbawaked (@husseinbawaked) November 12, 2018
— Lemo (@sugarllemo) November 12, 2018
“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham
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.
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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