There aren’t many complaints with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool apart from them not having picked up a trophy. The Reds play a fantastic brand of football, the players seem to be getting along really well and the manager has been brilliant for us from day one.
Liverpool have never looked this good, at least in the Premier League era, and we seem to be getting better with each season under the German.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson have been stars since Klopp took over but a surprising aspect is the lack of quality Bundesliga signings under the manager.
Liverpool haven’t made wholesale changes to the side in one go and Klopp has slowly worked to get some quality players in.
This isn’t a criticism of the German manager but it is a little weird as to why we have not been able to tap into the Bundesliga talent available.
The only players we have brought from the league are Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius, Joel Matip and Naby Keita.
Out of the quartet, Karius and Klavan have joined other sides while Matip is injury-prone and is finding it tough to get into the first-team. And Keita has only just arrived after a big-money move from RB Leipzig.
Although Matip came on a free, Karius and Klavan were economical signings but the trio couldn’t and haven’t made a positive mark at Anfield yet.
Klopp had one of the most exciting teams in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and he has built something similar with Liverpool too, albeit with greater spending.
When Gerard Houllier was managing the Reds, we had a sizeable French/French-speaking contingent. We had a similar situation with Rafa Benitez, who had a number of Spanish-speaking players.
Klopp, on the other hand, has brought in players from the Serie A, Ligue 1, Premier League and the Bundesliga but most of his bargain signings have been from Germany.
It is difficult to get all the signings firing on all cylinders and there will be hits and misses during a manager’s tenure at a club.
However, Klopp’s Bundesliga buys haven’t been great and it is a shame as to why we haven’t cracked that market yet.
Klopp purchased some great talents like Robert Lewandowski, Julian Weigl, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus, Sven Bender and Ilkay Gundogan at Dortmund and a number of them were bought from other Bundesliga clubs.
We haven’t seen that from Klopp at Liverpool yet but it must be noted that the German spent seven-plus years at Dortmund. Hopefully, he will have time to find such transfer gems from the Bundesliga and make us a force to reckon with for years on end.
Liverpool target’s agent claims player is happy at current club
Ousmane Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has claimed that the Frenchman is not looking to leave Barcelona.
“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.
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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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 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.
The goal against Leicester City and one against Arsenal could have been avoided, and hopefully, he will get better in the coming months.
(Photo) Liverpool star pictured training with rival Evertonian for international side
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.
Mais um dia. Vamos! 💨🇧🇷 📸 Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/8Q0IUN1Jag
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 13, 2018
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.
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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