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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has heavily criticised Liverpool for their ‘crazy’ decision of allowing striker Daniel Sturridge to leave the club for West Brom until the end of the season. Sturridge was frustrated at the lack of game time under Jurgen Klopp as the German manager overlooked the striker despite being fit at times.

Given that the World Cup in Russia is nearing, the 28-year-old decided to leave Anfield as a bid to revive his career and book a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad. While many questioned the club’s decision to allow Sturridge to leave on loan without any reinforcements, Klopp defended the move citing it ‘made sense’.

“We did what we thought was right,” Klopp was quoted in a report by Football365.

“Would I have preferred to keep Philippe Coutinho? Of course but I thought it was sensible to do it. The players who went on loan made sense. Lazar didn’t play for a long time, same with Flanno. Daniel (Sturridge) wanted to leave.”

However, Neville is the latest to criticise Liverpool for allowing someone of Sturridge’s experience depart the club.

“I’m looking at that list of ins and outs and it’s gone under the radar,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ The Debate show (h/t the Mirror).

“And I look at Sturridge. People are saying ‘Sturridge isn’t playing anymore, it’s not a big loss’.

“Firmino gets injured for two months. Liverpool are in the Champions League and are trying to get into the top four… Danny Ings and Solanke.

“Were they wise to let him go? It just seemed a crazy one for me for a massive risk.”

Ings has recently returned from a lengthy lay-off, while hasn’t played much since moving from Chelsea at the start of the season. Meanwhile, Sturridge’s West Brom debut didn’t go as expected as the striker ended on the losing side against his former club Manchester City on Wednesday.

As far as the debate about Sturridge’s move is concerned, I feel that it was a really bad decision from Klopp. The 28-year-old may be injury-prone but would have been a decent backup to have in the squad. We are fighting for top-four this season and with Champions League football set to start this month, we definitely need a big squad.

An injury to Firmino or any attackers will simply leave us depleted. So Klopp’s decision to let Sturridge leave the club makes absolutely no sense.

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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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