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A fan’s review of the international break: Which players have been excellent and who should pull their socks up?

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Liverpool head into the international break with a 100% win record from the first four Premier League games. The Reds have scored nine goals and conceded just one in their outings, which makes for pretty impressive reading.

We aren’t the only team with a 100% record as Chelsea and Watford are also tied with us on 12 points.

A Liverpool player is leading the race for the Golden Boot while new boy Alisson is topping the charts with his clean sheets as well.

In fact, a number of our players have started the season on fire while some are yet to impress. Of course, there will be a number of players that need to get their mojo back after a gruelling World Cup, and we look at who has impressed and who has not.

The stars for the Reds

James Milner

Where do we begin? The Englishman looks like a new player after the summer break. Milner has started all our games this season and has never looked in better shape.

The midfielder has dished out passes well, has assisted in goals and even scored one against Crystal Palace.

The 32-year-old seems to be doing everything right and is set to take part in a charity match during the international break.

Milner is the ultimate professional and it would be a big surprise if he is dropped from the team anytime soon.

Georginio Wijnaldum

He has to be the most improved player in the team. There were fears that Wijnaldum would be dropped to the bench after the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho but he seems undroppable now.

Jurgen Klopp added that Wijnaldum’s mentality and ability to play in a number of positions has kept him in the team (h/t Mirror) and he has been fantastic for the side.

If there is a minor criticism in his gameplay, it has to be a lack of goals. Wijnaldum has been a surprise package this season and the extra competition seems to be getting the best out of the Dutchman.

Joe Gomez

We could have put Virgil van Dijk on the list but the central defender has always been rock-solid. What has been a bit of a surprise is the form of his partner, Joe Gomez.

The English youngster missed the last month of the previous campaign as he underwent surgery. Missing the Champions League final and the World Cup must have hurt but Gomez has returned with a point to prove.

The youngster has partnered Van Dijk well and has been impressive against every side. From dealing with Marko Arnautovic to Christian Benteke to Glenn Murray to Demarai Gray, Gomez hasn’t put a step wrong.

Should he continue playing in the same manner, it would be difficult for Joel Matip or Dejan Lovren to get back into the side.

Sadio Mane

Mane has always been fantastic but this season, he seems to have an extra hunger to score goals. Four from four games proves that he is taking his chances but the Senegal man does more than just find the back of the net.

His pace, movement and link-up play have made him one of the best forwards in the league.

Liverpool have to ensure Mane signs a new deal after the international break.

Andy Robertson

We could have included Naby Keita or Alisson but the pair hasn’t impressed enough. Robertson, however, has been incredible at the back and was recently announced the new Scotland captain.

The 24-year-old has come a long way from his Queens Park Rangers days and the Scotsman has to be the best left-back in the Premier League.

Robertson’s attacking ability was never in doubt but he has rarely been caught out defensively this season. The former Hull City man can only get better with more games under his belt, which is an ominous sign for our rivals this season.

The flops for the Reds

Roberto Firmino

This was a tough call to make. Firmino’s job isn’t to just score goals but to also create havoc with his runs and link-up play. Unfortunately, his passing has not been up to scratch and in our game against Leicester, he seemed frustrated as he was constantly fouling the opposition.

The former Hoffenheim man did score an important goal at King Power Stadium but we know he is capable of so much more.

After an excellent campaign last season, the Brazilian has set the bar high and he just needs one or two things to go his way before we see the best of the forward.

Mohamed Salah

Where do we start with Salah? The Egyptian was excellent last season as he scored 46 goals across all competitions and despite scoring a couple in four games, the Egyptian seems a little off the pace.

The forward hasn’t looked sharp and needs to work on his finishing. Surprisingly, the Egyptian had the same problem last season and started scoring for fun after the first international break.

Salah knows he isn’t the only striker Liverpool have but if we can get him to convert some of the chances, wins will come easier and by larger margins.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

A 19-year-old heading off into the World Cup after playing the Champions League final is a dream but Alexander-Arnold hasn’t really done enough this season.

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Sure, it has been only 4 games into the campaign but his end product has not been up to scratch. The Englishman has had one or two moments of brilliance – like that wonderful cross-field ball to Salah – but he has to be consistent in the coming months.

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

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Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele

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.”

Alisson Liverpool

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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