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Less than a week remains for the transfer window to end and for the Premier League season to kick off. Liverpool seem to have completed most of their business and the final week of training in France will really set us up for an exciting campaign.

Now, this isn’t about us lifting the title or where we will finish in the Premier League, rather, it is about the three main players for us in the campaign.

And I am not going to suggest Mohamed Salah as it is pretty evident that he would be on the lips of most supporters. Liverpool have added strength to the side this season and we haven’t really let go of any top players, so we should have more strength in depth when the games start mounting up.

However, we could be in for a fantastic campaign this season and these three players could turn out to be crucial for us.

Alisson

Of course, he had to be on the list. The Brazilian is the world’s most expensive keeper and he has been doing the business in pre-season too.

The goalkeeping issue has been a huge one for us ever since Jurgen Klopp took over and it seems like the problem has now been put to rest. The 25-year-old Alisson is one of the best in the world and he should help us pick up a lot more points by cutting out the errors at the back.

There will be a lot of pressure on the Brazilian to start performing from day one but I’m certain he is a quality buy.

The above stat proves that Alisson can stop the shots and with him commanding the defence, Liverpool should not leak goals in.

Naby Keita

The deal to sign the Guinea star was completed last summer but we will get to see him this time around. Not only is Naby Keita someone who fits our playing style perfectly, the 23-year-old will be wearing the iconic No.8 jersey, which was handed over to him by Steven Gerrard.

The former RB Leipzig man should be the link between our midfield and our attack. His endless running and tenacity is just what we need in the side.

I would even compare him to a younger Adam Lallana minus the silky touches. Keita is more tenacious than the Englishman and has a better engine too.

The Guinea midfielder also has an eye for goal, having scored 14 goals across two seasons for Leipzig. We saw a bit of an edge in his game last season as he picked up multiple red cards.

Tenacity and aggression will work well in our team and if any player looks like a real piece of the jigsaw at Liverpool, it has to be Keita.

He isn’t a Xabi Alonso or a Steven Gerrard, but he could turn out to be the Keita we all deserve.

Joe Gomez

Some might scratch their heads after seeing this choice and while we have the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho or even a Trent Alexander-Arnold returning from the World Cup, it is Joe Gomez who could surprise us all this season.

The Englishman sacrificed his season for us, playing as a right-back and had to miss not only the Champions League but the World Cup too.

However, a pre-season full of training should work for the Englishman and it is time Klopp lets Gomez play as a central defender this season.

This could be great news for us given our problems last season. Dejan Lovren is a quality defender but he is prone to a mistake. Joel Matip is too injury prone while Ragnar Klavan should only play a few cup games and come on as a substitute when needed.

We still need a young central defender that can do the job for us and well, we just might have found one. Gomez could have played as a CB regularly last season but Nathaniel Clyne’s injury meant he was rotated with Trent at right-back.

With Clyne 100% fit and ready, this should give Gomez the chance to play in his preferred CB spot and we could see the best of the youngster alongside Van Dijk.

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Of course, Liverpool have a number of quality players who could shine this season. It has been too long since we won a trophy and if the players start the season well, there will be some celebration at Anfield come the season end.

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“Dont know where he goes from here now” – Some Liverpool fans concerned about youngster returning from loan deal

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Ovie Ejaria is set to return to Liverpool and end his loan spell with Rangers early. The club released a statement regarding the 21-year-old who scored two goals in 28 games for Steven Gerrard’s side. The release added this was the best move for all involved.

“However, following discussions between the two clubs, as well as Ejaria and his family, it has been determined an early return to the Reds is in the best interests of all parties concerned.”

The release thanked the Scottish giants for helping the 21-year-old Englishman, and it will be interesting to see what the next step for the youngster would be.

Ejaria is one of the highly rated players in our youth system but for some reason, things just did not work out for him at Rangers.

We have another star on loan at Rangers in Ryan Kent, and the winger has been doing pretty well at the club. Many Liverpool fans chipped in with their thoughts regarding the return of Ejaria, and here are some reactions from Twitter.

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Xherdan Shaqiri shocks the Red Devils – Liverpool player ratings from 3-1 win over Man United

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Liverpool 3-1 Man United: Shaqiri double seals the deal for the Reds

Jurgen Klopp finally got a win over Manchester United in the Premier League. Liverpool picked up a 3-1 win over their biggest rivals and jumped back to the top of the table.

Sadio Mane got the opener but things took a turn when Alisson spilt a cross and Jesse Lingard scored in the first half.

The Reds dominated the game but things weren’t working. However, Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench and scored a couple of deflected goals as Anfield went wild. This was a well deserved win for the Reds and here are the player ratings from the game.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Alisson – 6.5/10

The Brazilian looked alright with the ball at his feet but his mistake could have been huge had we not won the game. Alisson looked calmer in the second half and was barely troubled.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7/10

Got a start in the Premier League and did a decent job at the back. The Englishman could be a huge bonus for us in the remainder of the season.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

It was great seeing Lovren not make any mistakes at the back, even though some of his passes weren’t the best.

Virgil van Dijk – 8/10

The Dutch defender did a great job at the back and was rarely troubled by the physical Romelu Lukaku.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

The left-back’s crosses weren’t the best but his energy down the flank was brilliant and he had a couple of crucial interceptions to keep United from scoring.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

Another regular Wijnaldum performance as he ran his socks off and kept things moving for the Reds.

Fabinho – 8.5/10

This was a fantastic performance from the Brazilian as he controlled the midfield and had a brilliant assist for Mane’s opener.

Georginio Wijnaldum

Naby Keita – 7/10

The Guinea midfielder was played on the left and did a good enough job with his running.

Sadio Mane – 8/10

The misses against Napoli won’t count for much now as he scored the first goal of the game. The Senegal attacker even set up the second goal, although there were a few deflections.

Roberto Firmino – 7.5/10

Again, the Brazilian was played behind Mohamed Salah but it didn’t matter as he put in a great shift by harassing the United players.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

The Egyptian was marked well by the United defence but he kept on running, trying to create.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool

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Xherdan Shaqiri – 9/10

What a substitution. The Swiss was the spark for the Reds in the second half and no one from Liverpool will care that both his goals came off deflections. He was quick on the ball on both occasions and made United pay.

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Came on late to keep things calm.

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“It was worth it” – Liverpool star’s verdict on Klopp’s £8,000 worth celebration against Everton

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Alisson believes that Jurgen Klopp’s fine for his wild celebrations against Everton was “worth it”. Liverpool won the Merseyside derby, thanks to a 96th-minute winner from Divock Origi, and the goal was a little crazy too.

The ball came off the crossbar twice after Jordan Pickford failed to gather a sliced effort from Virgil van Dijk, and Origi nodded in the winner.

Alisson was celebrating in the middle of the pitch when Klopp ran out and hugged the keeper before continuing his celebrations in the dugout.

The keeper was speaking to the Times (h/t Express) as he described those moments:

“It’s hard to explain what was happening. It was at the end of the game, I was celebrating.

“Generally, I prefer not to celebrate too much so I can concentrate on the game and stay level-headed but the goal came at the end of the game so I could let it all out.”

Alisson saves from Arkadiusz Milik

Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

The Brazilian couldn’t believe what the manager was doing, as he continued his celebrations before adding that the punishment was worth the madness.

“I ran to the middle of the field and did my usual celebrations, pointing to the heavens, thanking God, and then I looked to one side and I saw Jurgen and I thought, ‘What is he doing?’

“It was a great moment and I gave him a big hug. I appreciate it wasn’t the correct thing to do and he has been punished for that – but it was worth it.”

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The Express adds that Klopp was given a £8,000 fine for his exuberant celebrations, but that is a small price to pay for defeating our cross-town rivals.

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