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Virgil van Dijk

According to Liverpool legend John Aldridge, Virgil van Dijk may not be our club’s captain but he plays with the authority of a captain (h/t the Express).

Writing in his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge said (h/t the Express):

“Virgil van Dijk is on another planet.”

“What you need when you play a team like Crystal Palace is a centre-back like who is capable of taking it all. Van Dijk did that at Crystal Palace on Monday night, and then some.

“There are games I have played in where the centre-back has been fantastic and read everything. You don’t get the service that you thrive on and it frustrates you.

“While Christian Benteke has gone so far backwards from his days at Aston Villa that it’s ridiculous, he can still be a handful if you let him get on top of you. Van Dijk is a man-mountain. He’s not even Liverpool’s captain, but he IS the captain, if that makes sense.”

Liverpool ground out a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Monday night, thanks to James Milner’s penalty on the stroke of half-time and Sadio Mane’s late strike. While Milner and Mane were on the scoresheet, one cannot ignore Van Dijk’s contributions in the game as he kept the towering Benteke at bay.

Since making the switch from Southampton to Liverpool in January, Van Dijk has impressed for the Reds, helping our side to two consecutive clean sheets so far this season. Liverpool’s defence were long criticised before Van Dijk’s arrival but since his league debut, we have looked composed and organised at the back.

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Van Dijk has essentially solved Liverpool’s defensive conundrum and while our other defenders have done their jobs too, the Dutch colossus has been the catalyst. It isn’t just Van Dijk’s aerial ability that has made all the difference to the Reds though, it’s his presence and the calmness he exudes too. Our team isn’t a soft touch anymore.

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Liverpool target’s agent claims player is happy at current club

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Ousmane Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has claimed that the Frenchman is not looking to leave Barcelona.

Calciomercato reports that the Barcelona star was linked with a move to Liverpool, however, Sissoko was speaking to RMC Sport about the future of the 21-year-old.

Mundo Deportivo (h/t Calciomercato) quoted Sissoko as saying:

“The club is happy with Ousmane.

“Dembele doesn’t care about criticisms. Some of them are unfair. He is 20, he plays for Barcelona and he had a great start to the season.”

The agent further claimed that the player has to do better and the Frenchman was sick for a while which led to a few controversies.

Sissoko added that the national team manager and Barcelona’s Eric Abidal were happy with the attacker.

“Ousmane keeps working for a big club, the manager likes him and the same goes for Deschamps. I know Abidal is also very happy with how he is training and working for his club.”

Dembele seems to be doing better when compared to the same time frame last season. The Frenchman has scored four goals from 11 La Liga games and has one from two Champions League ties.

The former Borussia Dortmund player would be an amazing signing for the Reds, but we would have to pay a huge amount to sign him from Barcelona.

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The 21-year-old would certainly improve our attack, and it will be interesting to see what our activity would be in the winter window.

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“It is not easy but I’m trying” – Liverpool star opens up about huge price tag and how he wants to improve

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Alisson Liverpool

Liverpool summer signing Alisson has said that he is trying to live up to his enormous price tag. The Brazilian was the costliest keeper in the world until Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The former AS Roma star has had a brilliant start to his Premier League campaign and has conceded just five goals from 12 games.

Speaking ahead of Brazil’s friendly against Uruguay, the Independent quoted Alisson saying:

“I came here for a high price and some people expect to me to be perfect – it is not easy but I’m trying.”

Alisson added he is working to be perfect in between the sticks and wants to get better with each game.

“I am really, really happy with my move to the Premier League. I’m working really hard to help Liverpool to achieve their goals and also for the Brazil national team.”

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Alisson praised our defence for giving him an easy time at the back and claimed that he has to concentrate a lot in games.

“One thing that is important here is the concentration and focus. They are asking me to be really mentally strong.

“My team have a really great defence so it is not often the ball comes near my net.”

The Brazilian has been an excellent signing for the Reds this season, but there have been a few instances where he could have done better.

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The goal against Leicester City and one against Arsenal could have been avoided, and hopefully, he will get better in the coming months.

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(Photo) Liverpool star pictured training with rival Evertonian for international side

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Fabinho Liverpool

Liverpool summer signing Fabinho is still getting into the groove of things at Anfield. The former Monaco midfielder was slowly integrated into the team by Jurgen Klopp, and the Brazilian has a couple of quality outings under his belt.

Fabinho is a proper defensive midfielder but the Brazilian knows how to pick a pass too. Despite not starting regularly for the Reds, the 25-year-old is a constant in the national side and recently shared a picture of him training with the team during the international break.

The 25-year-old was seen alongside Everton midfielder Richarlison and a few others as they went through the paces.

Fabinho’s introduction has seen Klopp devise a 4-2-3-1 formation where the 25-year-old plays as one of our two midfielders.

The Brazilian has looked comfortable in that position but has to work on his reactions in the Premier League.

The former Monaco man was excellent in our 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade a few weeks ago but wasn’t great in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

He was much better in the 2-0 win over Fulham but we are yet to see the best of the midfielder. With just a third of the campaign done, Fabinho has time on his side to get even better this season.

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It will be interesting to see how we deal with the packed festive schedule, but there is no doubt Fabinho will play a crucial role for Liverpool in the rest of the season.

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