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Fan rant of the day: The time is right for Jurgen Klopp to rotate players at Liverpool

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Liverpool can breathe a little easy after a hectic schedule which saw us face Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Reds had some highs and lows and thankfully, we are still unbeaten in the Premier League and tied at the top.

However, losing in the Carabao Cup (Chelsea) and Champions League (Napoli) took the sheen off our start to the season.

Our front three aren’t firing on all cylinders. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah aren’t scoring for fun and Jurgen Klopp has to look into this.

Fortunately, our defence has been rock-solid incredible. We have only conceded three goals in the Premier League this season and haven’t looked shaky at all!

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Alisson have all been excellent while Dejan Lovren was brilliant against Manchester City at the weekend.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

The Croatian hadn’t played any Premier League football prior to the City clash but looked great.

Klopp has a lot of things going for him, and our next stretch of games will certainly test our title credentials.

Time to rotate the boys and give them time on the pitch

From our four summer signings, only Alisson is a sure shot starter. Naby Keita has just four Premier League starts, Xherdan Shaqiri has one while Fabinho has played 15 minutes of Champions League football (and has a start in the league cup) this season.

Our players have looked a little jaded, especially the games against Napoli and Manchester City. Klopp might want to start with the best XI always but some players need a break.

Shaqiri has looked brilliant every time he has been on the pitch, and it is a surprise why he hasn’t played games either as an attacking midfielder or in place of Salah/Mane.

Similarly, Keita needs more time on the pitch to link up with the attackers. Fabinho can be excused as he is still looking a little slow and might need work in the coming weeks.

Our midfield doesn’t have the bite it did at the start of the season. We cannot play James Milner in every game due to his age, and now he has a hamstring injury too. Similarly, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum need some rest.

A forgiving schedule for the Reds

Fortunately for Klopp, the fixtures are a little forgiving in the coming month or so:

Huddersfield (Away-PL)

Red Star Belgrade (Home-CL)

Cardiff City (Home-PL)

Arsenal (Away-PL)

Red Star Belgrade (Away-CL)

Fulham (Home-PL)

Liverpool need to ensure maximum points from the upcoming fixtures as we failed to beat City and Chelsea in the league.

Our Champions League group isn’t easy and we cannot take Red Star lightly. Napoli couldn’t defeat the Serbians in their tie earlier.

Sturridge, Keita, Shaqiri and Lovren have to feature in the coming six games. We haven’t always had quality options as a back-up and now when we do, the manager isn’t playing them enough.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

The fear is that our stars will be driven to the ground before we even reach the important bit of the season. Of course, it wouldn’t be easy to drop Salah, Mane, Firmino or even Virgil van Dijk from the team when they aren’t playing well.

Read more: Former Manchester City starlet emerges as target for Liverpool

But that is the job that Klopp has and he needs to swap things at the club if it isn’t working on the pitch.

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Liverpool in the race with Man United to sign 20-year-old promising Championship defender

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Lloyd Kelly

Bristol City youngster Lloyd Kelly is being tracked by Liverpool after several fantastic performances in the Championship, according to the Mirror.

The 20-year-old Englishman is predominantly a left-back but is comfortable when switched to operate as a centre-back.

Kelly has 18 Championship appearances for City this season and has even scored a goal. The Championship side lie 13th in the league as they try to push up for a playoff spot.

The report adds that Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the England U21 international. The youngster, who seems to be a player for the future, has also trained with the England senior squad under Gareth Southgate.

The report claims that we are looking to sign him in the winter window, but face competition from the trio of Premier League clubs.

Trent alexander Arnold Joe Gomez Liverpool

The Reds have done well with some of their young players in recent years and Kelly could be one for the coming years. He could make a story similar to Joe Gomez at Anfield.

The latter joined us on the cheap from Charlton Athletic a few years ago and even made his senior debut as the left-back. However, he has now shifted to central defence and has been impressive for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp.

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

Gomez is out for a few weeks due to injury and hopefully, he comes back stronger as we look to continue our fantastic start to the season.

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“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season

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Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.

We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.

Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.

“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.

“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.

“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”

Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.

We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.

Read more: Liverpool contact Paris Saint-Germain over out-of-contract Frenchman

Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.

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“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants

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Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.

The American was a target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in 2016 (h/t Liverpool Echo), but the Reds had their offer rejected by the Bundesliga giants.

The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.

Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.

The American told Colin Cowherd (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.

“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”

The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.

The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.

Read more: “I was alive in the time of Mo Salah…” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after Salah’s Bournemouth hat-trick

The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.

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