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Liverpool have identified AS Monaco’s midfielder Thomas Lemar as the man to replace Philippe Coutinho at Anfield, according to several reports. The Reds have admitted defeat over keeping Coutinho, with his heart set on Barcelona and want Lemar as a replacement.

The Daily Mirror report that Anfield officials have made contact with Monaco to re-start negotiations for a player they tried to get last summer. The report adds that the 22-year-old is also a target for Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

However, it is suggested that Lemar wants a move to Anfield and thus is leaning towards a transfer to join Jurgen Klopp’s side. Arsenal tried to sign the French international on deadline day in August and were expected to move for him again. However, they now fear that the player would prefer a switch to Anfield.

Dumped out of Europe and 9 points behind Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1, Monaco are open to offers for Lemar, who would become Liverpool’s second record transfer in a week, should he sign. Lemar is widely considered to be one of the best young attacking talents in Europe and getting him would soften the blow of losing Coutinho, whose move to the Catalan giants looks imminent.

Liverpool and Klopp have admitted defeat in their attempts to persuade the playmaker to stay at Anfield after the Brazilian made clear he will not agree an improved contract due to the dream opportunity to join Barcelona.

The Merseysiders have not yet set a price for Coutinho and there are no firm offers from the Nou Camp as of now. But it is understood any fee would have to be in the region of £150m, including clauses and add-ons. If the Brazilian does leave this month, there will be a lot of cash available for the Reds to reinvest, with Lemar touted as Klopp’s prime target after acquiring the services of defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has insisted Monaco are not prepared to sell the France international this month, despite the player almost leaving on transfer deadline day in the summer. But if Liverpool do come up with a staggering offer for the classy Frenchman, the Ligue 1 champions will have no option but to cash in on their star.

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Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham

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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

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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

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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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