Much like the rest of us, Jurgen Klopp has not been a happy camper after the 2-1 loss at the hands of Manchester United. Liverpool looked bereft of ideas to break down the opposition defence and the lack of clear-cut opportunities has opened up a can of worms about the German looking to bid big for the right kind of player, akin to what we did for Virgil van Dijk.
Thomas Lemar has been consistently linked with a move to the Reds, especially after the sale of Philippe Coutinho. The Frenchman hasn’t played all that well for Monaco this season but that has not stopped Le 10 Sport from suggesting that we are ready to move for him even though his price could be around £90million.
Klopp was recently quoted by the Independent stating that the Van Dijk signing was not a one-off situation and that if the player fits into the team, the club will pay the price.
“If the player is the right player this club will pay big money.
“When the player is the right player it is not important how expensive he was. He needs to fit in the team, that’s why we paid the price (for Van Dijk).”
Lemar has only scored twice this season for the Ligue 1 club but has seven assists to his name in 21 league games. That might not be the best record but if we do sign him up, Klopp will ensure we get to see the best out of the 22-year-old.
Do we need another attacker?
This might be the most pertinent question regarding next season’s transfer policy. With us doing well with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, our front three is locked out with no place for another attacker.
Lemar, however, can play in the midfield and with his range of passing, he could do a job similar to Coutinho’s, when it comes to slicing open defences who play deep.
We saw the same problem at Old Trafford on Saturday as we seemed to be missing a killer through ball and that could have been done by the young Frenchman. Liverpool have shown that they can pay the big bucks for a player that they want and if Klopp believes that Lemar is the man, we should be seeing the 22-year-old as a Liverpool star next season.
Liverpool in the race with Man United to sign 20-year-old promising Championship defender
The 20-year-old Englishman is predominantly a left-back but is comfortable when switched to operate as a centre-back.
Kelly has 18 Championship appearances for City this season and has even scored a goal. The Championship side lie 13th in the league as they try to push up for a playoff spot.
The report adds that Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the England U21 international. The youngster, who seems to be a player for the future, has also trained with the England senior squad under Gareth Southgate.
The report claims that we are looking to sign him in the winter window, but face competition from the trio of Premier League clubs.
The Reds have done well with some of their young players in recent years and Kelly could be one for the coming years. He could make a story similar to Joe Gomez at Anfield.
The latter joined us on the cheap from Charlton Athletic a few years ago and even made his senior debut as the left-back. However, he has now shifted to central defence and has been impressive for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp.
Gomez is out for a few weeks due to injury and hopefully, he comes back stronger as we look to continue our fantastic start to the season.
“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season
Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.
We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.
Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.
“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.
“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”
The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.
“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”
Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.
We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.
Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.
“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants
Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.
The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.
Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.
“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.
“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”
The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.
Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.
The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.
The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.
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