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Liverpool are believed to be considering a move for Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t the Daily Mirror).

Barella, 21, enjoyed an impressive campaign last term as Cagliari beat the drop to stay up in Serie A. He has represented Italy from Under-15 level all the way up to the Under-21s, with Cagliari offering him some valuable first-team experience.

After playing close to 70 games over the last two seasons and scoring an eye-catching 6 goals last term, Barella appears to have caught the attention of Liverpool. But Liverpool aren’t the only club interested in the 21-year-old midfield ace as the likes of Inter Milan, AS Roma, Atletico Madrid and Lyon are also vying for his signature.

The Reds boss has hinted that his summer business is done after completing deals for Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker, but our gaffer did admit that his stance could change if the right deal presented itself.

However, considering our club’s current options in the midfield, it is hard to see Barella bulldozing his way into Klopp’s XI. There is no doubting Barella’s potential as the highly-rated midfielder has been capped at every youth level for Italy and was called up to the senior squad for World Cup qualifiers.

Read more: Former Liverpool star claims he would sign this top class Italian if he had a chance

But Barella is just 21 and at this point in time, he needs to play regularly to unlock his true potential. A move to Liverpool won’t guarantee him first-team opportunities, which will only prove detrimental to his development. Hence, it is best for the player to stay put at Cagliari for another year and continue his progress in Serie A.

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Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli

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Alisson saves from Arkadiusz Milik

Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

Liverpool made it into the next round of the Champions League with their 1-0 win over Napoli. The Reds had to leave it till the last game of the group to ensure qualification to the knockout round, and what a night it was.

Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, but Napoli had their chances. Sadio Mane was the culprit as we couldn’t make the game safe, and it almost cost us late on.

The Reds finished second in the group, but more importantly, we kept the momentum and head into the Manchester United tie full of confidence.

There were several fantastic players at Anfield, and here are our player ratings.

Alisson – 9/10

The Brazilian made a huge save in stoppage time to keep Arkadiusz Milik out. We would have given him a 10 but the keeper was barely troubled in the game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.5/10

The right-back had some great deliveries in the final third but was troubled a lot by the Napoli attackers in the night.

Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10

Van Dijk was booked early on for a studs-up challenge but barring that, he was excellent at the back as he kept the Napoli attack in check.

Joel Matip – 8.5/10

This possibly was the best display by the Cameroon star since his move to Anfield. Matip was rarely flustered by the Napoli attack, and his passing was top-notch as well.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

The Scot didn’t have his best attacking game but some of his interceptions were important. There was one moment where he let the ball past him but Jose Callejon could not take advantage.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

The Dutch midfielder was a little slow to start, maybe it was the occasion, but he came into the game later on.

Jordan Henderson – 7/10

The captain didn’t have a great start to the game but came into prominence in the second half as we controlled the tie.

James Milner – 7.5/10

It was great seeing Milner make some dashes to break past the Napoli defence but the Englishman had to be subbed with a slight injury.

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah – 8.5/10

Salah was brilliant in the first half and his goal was a thing of beauty. He looked like he was going to cross but decided to slot the ball in between David Ospina’s legs. The Egyptian should have had a second but Ospina saved well.

Roberto Firmino – 7/10

Played as our striker in this game and took some time to adjust to Napoli’s defending. He did do well in the second half and was subbed off after running himself to the ground.

Sadio Mane – 6.5/10

Mane was frustrating in attack as he missed two clear-cut chances to score. Fortunately, the misses did not hurt us but the Senegal star needs to be more composed in front of the goal.

Substitutes

Naby Keita – 6/10

Came off the bench to give some energy and running to the side.

Fabinho – 6.5/10

The Brazilian provided some extra cover for the defence.

Read more: Liverpool interested in signing £15million-rated Premier League ace in January

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Came on late in the late.

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“Worth every penny”, “Could save this country from Brexit” – Some Liverpool fans can’t believe star’s performance against Napoli

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Alisson saves from Arkadiusz Milik

Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

Liverpool made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a commanding yet nervy 1-0 win over Napoli at Anfield.

The Reds knew this scoreline would see them pip the Italians to second spot, at least, in the group. However, a goal for the Serie A side would mean we would have to win by a two-goal margin.

Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game, but we were wasteful in the final third. Sadio Mane should have scored a hat-trick, which would have put the Italians out of the tie completely.

The Senegalese star’s misses almost cost us as Arkadiusz Milik found himself free in stoppage time with the ball at his feet, six yards from goal.

The Napoli striker seemed destined to score, and break Liverpool hearts, but Alisson quickly rushed off his line and blocked the powerful shot.

The Liverpool keeper celebrated with the rest of the team after the final whistle, but the Reds were inches away from a painful Champions League elimination.

The Brazilian was imperious for us at the back with his composure, and his passing was on point too. Jurgen Klopp certainly got one of the best keepers in the world, and the Liverpool fans were grateful for the former AS Roma star’s contributions in the win.

Read more: “I hear the rumours, like you” – Liverpool-linked Lyon star opens up about transfer rumours

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“I hear the rumours, like you” – Liverpool-linked Lyon star opens up about transfer rumours

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Houssem Aouar

Houssem Aouar

Football.london reports that Liverpool are interested in Lyon star Houssem Aouar, and have been tracking the Frenchman for over a year.

France Football (h/t Football.london) adds that Unai Emery is also keeping tabs on the impressive 20-year-old, while Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked too.

The attacking midfielder, who can play out wide, has five goals from 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season has spoken about his future, and it seems he wants to remain at Lyon for the foreseeable future.

The youngster was interviewed by France Football (h/t Football.london) and spoke about the links to some of Europe’s biggest clubs:

“I hear the rumours, like you. I have ears!

“I have eyes too, to see a few things left and right. The guy who says he doesn’t hear stuff or listen to anything, is not telling the truth. But there’s nothing you can do. All of that doesn’t bother me.

“I’m well protected with my family. It’s nice to hear, but I’m not getting carried away. My feet are firmly on the ground. I’ve only got a good half-season behind me, and I have everything to develop at Lyon.”

The 20-year-old is one of the hottest properties in French football, and it would be great if we could land him soon.

Read more: Liverpool interested in signing £15million-rated Premier League ace in January

The Frenchman has the potential to become one of the best in the world, and under Jurgen Klopp, he would get ample chances to prove his ability.

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