The transfer window is always an exciting one for football fans; there is nothing like it. Clubs constantly get linked with players from almost every country in the world; well, not really, but you get the drift.
Robert Lewandowski could have been a Blackburn Rovers striker had it not been for an erupting volcano. Julien Faubert actually spent a season on loan at Real Madrid from West Ham, yes, West Ham and well, we signed Stewart Downing over Juan Mata.
So, it isn’t too exciting when actual transfers take place. The likes of Christian Poulsen and Paul Konchesky still haunt us and we should not forget the good old El Hadji Diouf after Senegal’s impressive World Cup in 2002.
Over the years, most of the links and rumours bringing players to Liverpool haven’t been from the top sides. Sure, we got some real bargains such as Luis Suarez, Steve Finnan, Fernando Torres but over the last decade or so, only Torres was the player that was actively pursued by bigger clubs.
There are also stories of us losing transfer targets to other clubs, such as Mohamed Salah joining Chelsea when he could have been a Red a few years ago.
However, things seem to be changing and for the better, it seems.
Big-name players coming to Liverpool
At least they are being linked now. Since Jurgen Klopp’s second season in charge, we have been linked with some big names in football and are willing to splash the cash for the players too.
Recently, we have been linked with huge transfers for Alisson of AS Roma and even Marco Asensio of Real Madrid. Alisson is Brazil’s No.1 keeper while Asensio is one of the most exciting players to come out of Spain in recent times.
This wasn’t always the scenario as we were looking for cut-price deals and bargains throughout the years. Gone are the days when Gerard Houllier brought in his wheeling-dealing Frenchman or French-speaking players.
Rafa Benitez also did his bit by bringing in a few players but we can cut him the slack as we won the Champions League under him.
Now, under Klopp, we seem to be doing extremely well and the Champions League is back at Liverpool for a second year running. We even reached the final last season but let’s not talk about the negatives.
Players want to come to Liverpool now, well at least it seems so, and there is a positive vibe around Anfield due to Klopp and his radiant smile.
It might be Klopp’s “hugology” that gets the most attention from the media but behind the scenes, the German has made us an incredible unit.
The Champions League is an important draw for the best players in the world and Klopp knows that. Qualifying for the competition for the last two years has been a great achievement by the German and we seem set for another great season, even without buying an attacker.
The team plays an electric brand of football, the players are happy, the fans are happy (mostly) and the club is on the up.
Why wouldn’t a player want to come to us?
Sure, some of the figures for the top players might be out of our reach but hey, at least we are in the news and it isn’t just our players being linked with a move away to Barcelona or Real.
We might not land Asensio, Oblak or Alisson but we are slowly getting there and if things go right under Klopp, it will be the La Liga giants who will have to keep hold of their players as we are on the prowl.
Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City
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.”
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.
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.
“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham
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.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) November 11, 2018
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.
— Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) November 11, 2018
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.
— Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) November 11, 2018
James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.
— James Milner (@JamesMilner) November 11, 2018
Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 11, 2018
It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) November 11, 2018
Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.
Another great result. Good job boys! See you after the international break 🔜🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/igSp0lkO6S
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) November 11, 2018
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.
Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham
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.
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.
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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