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Liverpool are on the brink of agreeing to a deal to sign Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco this summer, according to reports.

The 22-year-old rose to prominence last season when his 14 goals and 17 assists helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 title.

The diminutive Frenchman’s rich vein of form soon attracted the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool during the summer transfer window but neither club could agree terms over a deal; so Lemar ended up staying at Monaco.

Both the Premier League heavyweights were once again linked with the player in January but Monaco made it very clear that they were against selling players, especially prized assets in the middle of the season.

“We do not typically sell players in the winter transfer window,” Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim said in January, as quoted by the Metro.

“But the month is long and many things could happen.”

But now it is understood that the Reds are close to an agreement in principle to sign in-demand Lemar, as per reports from Le 10 Sport. (h/t Metro)

It appears as if Jurgen Klopp has stolen a march on the Gunners and are finally ready to land the player at Anfield.

The report adds the Reds have been working on the deal in recent weeks and are putting the finishing touches on an agreement for the £88m-rated French international.

It is claimed that the Merseyside-outfit have ‘made some good moves’ in recent weeks and should wrap up the deal before the start of the 2018/19 season.

Lemar has only two years remaining on his current contract at the Stade Louis II and Monaco could lower down their asking price for the midfielder.

After his excellent displays last season, the 22-year-old has failed to replicate the form, scoring only three times and supplying eight assists for Monaco.

Despite a major dip in form this season, Liverpool remain keen on the attacker and view him as Philippe Coutinho’s replacement.

Lemar, one of Europe’s sought-after talents, is expected to thrive under Klopp should he make a move to Liverpool. Klopp’s high-octane style of play suits the Frenchman but given the player is just 22, he could find it a bit difficult to adjust to the demands of the Premier League.

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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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Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City

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Gary Neville

Gary Neville has claimed that only Liverpool can stop Manchester City after the Cityzens dispatched Manchester United in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

The Reds are a couple of points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Everton, the former United man believes the Blues don’t have it in them to stop City.

Speaking on his podcast (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Englishman believed City were on the right track to retaining their Premier League crown:

“Winning one league is an achievement, winning back-to-back titles makes you a great team and Man City are on the brink of that.

“At this moment in time, I only feel like Liverpool can stop them.”

Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Neville stated that although Chelsea are doing well under Maurizio Sarri, only the Reds were capable of stopping City.

The former Manchester United defender added that there is another problem as we seem to be the only team capable of taking points off the Cityzens.

“The problem for Liverpool is that it doesn’t look like anyone else can lay a glove on City, that’s the problem they’ve got.”

Guardiola’s men have been supreme this season but they have dropped points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost to Lyon in the Champions League.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

We need someone else to beat or draw with City to have a real chance of winning the title, and hopefully, a rival steps up and puts a spanner in City’s machine soon.

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“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham

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Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Liverpool survived a bit of a scare early on but got the three points with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.

The win pushed us up to second in the Premier League table as Chelsea drew and Manchester City won their respective games.

It seemed that Aleksandar Mitrovic had opened the scoring in the first half but his effort was ruled offside.

Quick thinking from Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Mohamed Salah score the first goal of the game, and the Egyptian posted an image of his boots.

The other goalscorer was Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss star volleyed in our second after half-time and he certainly was pleased with his performance at Anfield.

Andy Robertson provided the cross for our second, and the Scottish captain was happy that the Reds won after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade.

James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.

Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.

It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.

Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

Liverpool play Watford when the players return after the international break. The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and getting the three points at Vicarage Road will be difficult.

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