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Liverpool set to go head-to-head with Arsenal to sign 7-goal Real Madrid winger

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are all set to lock horns with Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal to acquire the signature of Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez.

As per the Spanish news outlet Diario Gol – via Birmingham Mail – both these Premier League clubs are on the lookout for signing an attacking winger for their respective reasons. As things stand for Arsenal, Wenger could well and truly offer Vazquez a regular first-team spot, something which he hasn’t seen this season at Real under Zinedine Zidane. Despite his limited appearances (only ten starts in La Liga), the 26-year-old has delivered a decent outcome.

In 34 appearances (across La Liga, Champions League and Copa Del Rey), Vazquez has scored seven goals and has registered eight assists. But despite his ‘not-so-bad’ numbers, the 26-year-old’s role is reduced to making substitute appearances for the majority of the season and this is why he is understood to be keen on leaving the Bernabeu at the end of the season.

As far as Liverpool are concerned, they are on the lookout for acquiring a potential replacement to Philippe Coutinho – who joined Barcelona in January – and while Vazquez may not well be a like-to-like successor, his experience on the grandest stage (UEFA Champions League) will surely make him one of the best buys for the Reds. But as Daily Mirror quotes, Liverpool are only looking at Vazquez as a cover, given that the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are simply irreplaceable, right at this very moment.

But then again, Liverpool’s high-pressing and attacking brand of football is something that makes them an attractive venue to play the sport, and this is where they might very well edge Arsenal in this speculation. Adding to it, there already are rumours regarding how Mohamed Salah is gathering interest from Spain. Reports from across Europe have credited Real Madrid with a strong interest in the Egyptian and as per the aforementioned source, Salah could well become the centrepiece of a potential swap deal, which will obviously include a hefty fee tagged on the Egyptian.

But as far as the player himself is concerned, it is being quoted that despite not getting regular first-team opportunities, he still carries a great relationship with his manager Zinedine Zidane and “is purely wanting a fresh start for his stalling career.”

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Liverpool plotting January move to sign 25-year-old Belgian with £26m release clause

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Jurgen Klopp is plotting a January move to sign Thorgan Hazard, according to Liga Financial (h/t Mirror).

The Belgian has been in great form for Borussia Monchengladbach this season with 11 goals and six assists.

The report claims that the 25-year-old younger brother of Eden Hazard longs for a return to Stamford Bridge, and has a release clause of £26million.

Hazard is contracted with the Bundesliga giants till 2020, and the report adds that Manchester United and Everton are also interested in the Belgian winger.

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Liverpool could do with some additional firepower in the second half of the season, and Hazard seems to be a quality option if we can sign him based on his release clause.

It would be tough for the attacker to start games from the go at Liverpool but having someone to cover Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah would be great.

The Liverpool duo has been incredible since joining the Reds and Klopp splashed a lot in the summer to sign the likes of Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alisson.

Xherdan Shaqiri was the only attack-minded player we got in the summer, and it will be interesting to see our activity in the winter window.

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The Reds lead the Premier League by just one point, and strengthening our side in January could make our Premier League dreams come true.

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Liverpool in the race with Man United to sign 20-year-old promising Championship defender

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Bristol City youngster Lloyd Kelly is being tracked by Liverpool after several fantastic performances in the Championship, according to the Mirror.

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.

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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.

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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.

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“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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