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Nabil Fekir

According to Liverpool legend Steve McManaman, the Reds won’t resurrect a deal to sign French attacker Nabil Fekir from Lyon this summer.

“The Fekir transfer I think was going to happen and it hasn’t happened, but I don’t think it’s a big problem, to be honest,” McManaman told the Express.

“I think they found a reason not to do the deal and they’ll move on to other targets. I think it looks as if it’s over, to be honest. From what I’ve heard I think it’s over.”

Fekir, 24, looked all set to join the Reds after completing his medical, only for the deal to spectacularly collapse at the 11th hour last week when the Merseysiders pulled out of a deal. Later, Ligue 1 outfit Lyon confirmed that the deal was off and Fekir would be staying in France.

Liverpool had hoped to conclude the transfer before the World Cup, where Fekir is representing France.

Nabil Fekir

However, Jurgen Klopp and co. must move on to pursue other targets in the summer, having already signed Fabinho from AS Monaco. Fabinho will add a lot of strength and dynamism to our midfield next season, while Naby Keita is slated to arrive next month from RB Leipzig.

But Klopp should bring in a creative midfielder, someone in the mould of Philippe Coutinho, who left Anfield for Barcelona in January. Fekir would have been the ideal Coutinho replacement at Anfield as the Frenchman is adept at playing in the midfield as well as in the attack.

There is a still a lot of time left in the transfer window and Klopp must prioritise bringing in a creative, quick playmaker to bolster his attacking options ahead of next season. The void left by Coutinho still needs to be filled despite the Brazilian’s departure causing very little problem for the Reds this past campaign.

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

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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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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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Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham

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Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham sent them to the top of the Premier League until Manchester City’s win over Manchester United in the late game.

The win took us to 30 points from 12 matches and helped us reach a small milestone too. The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds now have the best home record of any team in the top five leagues.

Barcelona held the record with 42 unbeaten home games, but the Catalan’s surprisingly lost to Real Betis 4-3 yesterday.

The last time we lost a home Premier League game was in 2017 with Crystal Palace getting the three points.

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Christian Benteke was the chief architect of our destruction that day, and the report claims that we haven’t lost the 27 games held at Anfield since.

The Reds have picked up 18 wins and nine draws from those 27 games, and this season, we have been solid at the back too.

Liverpool have conceded only one goal in their home Premier League games this season which was against Cardiff a couple of weeks ago.

Our home form has been excellent under Jurgen Klopp and we face some tough sides before the end of the year.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp speaks out about Fulham’s disallowed goal and Liverpool’s quick thinking

Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal all visit Anfield before the New Year. The festive period could define our Premier League challenge, and it will be interesting to see if we can finish this campaign unbeaten.

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