The defensive problems for Liverpool are so well known that every time there’s a discussion around Premier League games, these issues crop up. What’s more, every analyst throws up some names that would improve our squad.
The latest one to join that list is Arsenal legend Alan Smith who has indicated that Liverpool should sign former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans from West Brom in the January transfer window. (Sky Sports h/t The Sport Review)
The Reds have been struggling defensively all through the season after the failed pursuit of Virgil van Dijk in the summer. It was another matter that we had enough time to sign another defender, but Jurgen Klopp chose to stick with Van Dijk, which didn’t materialise.
We have one of the best-attacking units in the entire Premier League which is led by Mohamed Salah. The summer signing has already scored 13 times in his 16 opening Premier League games for Liverpool this season and is looking set for a lot more.
However, at the other end of the pitch we have been generous and have leaked 20 goals already. This is largely due to the poor performances of defensive duo Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan.
We have been linked with signing the Southampton defender Van Dijk in the winter transfer window, but Smith believes that the Northern Ireland international Evans would be a great addition to Klopp’s squad.
He was asked on Sky Sports News on Friday (h/t The Sport Review) if he sees Evans joining the Anfield outfit and Smith was affirmative in his answer.
“Yes I could (see Jonny Evans signing), definitely, definitely. I think it will be hard for West Brom if the money was right.
“Jonny’s a really solid citizen as well, you know what you are getting with him coming into the dressing room. He’s a good lad, highly experienced, knows what it’s about playing for a big club at Manchester United. It’s a no-brainer for a few managers I think that.”
Evans was a Red Devil for 11 seasons and won three Premier League titles with the Old Trafford outfit. He was one of the top defenders in Europe when on song and was even linked with a move to Barcelona many times during his career.
Though his career nosedived towards the end of his United spell, Evans resurrected it at West Brom since moving there in 2015 and was even linked with a move to Arsenal and Manchester City.
Should Liverpool go for Evans? I wouldn’t mind signing him because he is more than a decent player and would improve the squad. The only thing we should do is not keep our hopes only on Van Dijk and then be left red-faced after the failure to secure his signature.
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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