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Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has claimed Liverpool are not seeking a move for Thomas Lemar. On Saturday, Liverpool put an end to the long-running saga of Philippe Coutinho by announcing they had agreed on a deal worth £142million with Barcelona.

The La Liga giants, who wanted the Brazilian since last summer, have finally acquired their no.1 target. The fee is the biggest ever received by a British club – as well as the biggest ever paid by a Spanish one. The Reds will receive £102m up front with another £40m on performance-based add-ons.

Jurgen Klopp and co. are under immense pressure from fans already to reinvest the money from Coutinho’s sale to bring in sufficient replacement. The Reds, however, are reportedly prepared to move quickly to fill the breach left by Coutinho’s departure by bringing in AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.

Liverpool were keen on signing the French international on deadline day last summer but couldn’t agree on a deal with the Ligue 1 side. Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim this week revealed they had no intention of parting with Lemar before the end of the season.

Jardim said: “Monaco are not in the habit of making big sales in the winter. It’s our strategy. The players understand and they know how it goes here.”

Klopp, though, remains an admirer of the 22-year-old attacker, who has also previously attracted interest from Arsenal. However, Balague has insisted that the Merseyside outfit were never interested in the Frenchman and never considered bidding for him.

“Liverpool are not looking actively for a replacement,” Balague said on his YouTube channel.

“Thomas Lemar is not someone they’ve shown interest in – not even in the summer. They tried Keita to see if he could come earlier but that’s a no-go.

“So they are not actively searching for a replacement for Coutinho.”

Balague is a reliable source of exclusive information on transfers and when he says our club are not interested in Lemar, then the story definitely has substance.

However, Klopp is keeping his options open, although suggestions that our club are chasing a deal for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez are premature.

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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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