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Lucky Liverpool, Lallana’s return and more – Five talking points from the 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Mohamed Salah’s goal was the difference between Huddersfield and Liverpool on Saturday. The Reds had chances to extend the margin, but our attack was off balance at the Terriers.

Jurgen Klopp made a few changes to the side due to a number of injuries sustained during the international break, and it affected our attacking ability during the first quarter of an hour.

Liverpool are second to Manchester City only on goal difference and this slim win will give us more confidence as we head into our must-win game against Red Star in the Champions League.

Here are the five talking points from the game.

1) Jurgen Klopp finally makes changes

It was refreshing to see Klopp make a number of changes to the Liverpool team. The international break might have played a part as Daniel Sturridge, Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana all made a start.

Sadio Mane was left out while Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum were on the bench. Giving minutes to the other players is important for the rest of the campaign, and even if we didn’t play slick football, we still got the win.

2) Adam Lallana is back

Lallana was the surprising name in the starting XI as the Englishman started a game for the first time this season.

Adam Lallana

The former Saint has struggled for fitness and did look a little rusty. However, he did produce some quality flicks and Cruyff turns.

Lallana will be an important player as the season progresses. He played on the left, for some reason on Saturday, however, his best position is just behind the attacking trio.

3) The attack is still worrisome for the Reds

Another game, another one-goal victory. However, we just don’t seem to be opening opponents like last season. Manchester City cut through the opposition like a knife through hot butter while we seem like a plastic spork trying to carve a steak.

We created a few chances but our players seemed to snatch at them. Klopp needs to have a word with the attack as Firmino, Salah and Shaqiri made the wrong pass in the final third.

This was Huddersfield and we were let off but against the likes of City, we will be made to pay for our poor finishing.

4) Fabinho deserves more minutes

The Brazilian has slowly gotten more playing time, and did a decent job when brought in with 20 minutes or so remaining.

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Fabinho is the only summer signing yet to start a Premier League game for the Reds, but he looked good and could start for us against Red Star Belgrade.

It will be interesting to see how he fits into our system but from a few glimpses, he is confident with the ball at his feet and was willing to take on the opposition defenders with his dribbling ability.

5) Liverpool have some luck on their side

There have been numerous decisions that haven’t gone our way during Klopp’s tenure but we sure are riding our luck now.

Manchester City could have had a penalty when Dejan Lovren tapped Sergio Aguero in our previous Premier League game. This time, James Milner handled the ball but the referee didn’t give a penalty.

Huddersfield also had a shot come off the post, and they failed to take advantage when Virgil van Dijk and Lovren failed to clear the ball in the Liverpool defence.

Read more: “An unleashed beast now” – Some Liverpool supporters love youngster’s performance in 1-0 win over Huddersfield

The Reds have taken advantage of such situations this season, and long may that continue as we desperately look to win some silverware under Klopp.

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“It’s the wrong club for him” – ESPN pundit urges American star to snub Chelsea and join Liverpool

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Former Arsenal star and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner has told Christian Pulisic to snub Chelsea and join Liverpool.

The American sensation has been linked (h/t Guardian ) with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool interested in the winger.

Pulisic has found starts hard to come at the Bundesliga leaders and Mariner was quoted by the Express saying:

“No, don’t do it.

“It’s the wrong club for him.

“He’s just going to go into a hopper of decent footballers who eventually go out on loan.

“Is he going to get in the team on this present form? No he’s not.

The former Gunner added that Pulisic is still developing as a player and Liverpool would be great for him, especially because we have Jurgen Klopp

“If you were to ask me for a club he should go to – Liverpool.

“Klopp understands the Bundesliga, he understands what it takes to mould a player. He knows him very, very well.

“If Pulisic were to go to Liverpool, the nurturing and the way that Klopp puts his arm around players, I think it would be a fabulous move for him.”

The 20-year-old would be an incredible signing for the Reds and would add more firepower to our star-studded attack.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino haven’t been firing on all cylinders this season but the addition of Pulisic could change that.

Read more: “Man on a mission”, “Liverpool needs you” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after star posts training video

The American would not come on the cheap but given he has a ton of potential and is only 20, Klopp should take a punt on the Dortmund youngster.

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(Video) Liverpool star breaks down after seeing his side win 1-0 over Equatorial Guinea

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane broke down in tears after Senegal’s 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.

The attacker had to be helped off the pitch by his teammates despite the team winning the game. The Metro reports that Mane had the chance to double Senegal’s lead in the game but missed his chance.

Many supporters turned on the 26-year-old and booed him for the miss. When the match ended, Mane fell to the ground, tearing up.

His teammates tried to help him up but the Liverpool star fell once again before he was taken off the pitch.

Mane has struggled to perform for Liverpool this season, and it seems his form deserted him for the national side too.

Although Senegal won the game, the reaction from Mane was a little surprising. This reaction reminds us of that 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace with Luis Suarez breaking down after the match ended.

The Senegal forward is one of our most important players and we need to have him in the right frame of mind for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old has seven goals for us this season, which isn’t a bad return, but we haven’t seen the best of our attackers yet.

Read more: “I probably have to do two months of running” – Liverpool star provides next steps on road to recovery

Our next game is a tough tie against Watford at Vicarage Road, and the Senegalese attacker has to be at his best if we are to pick up the three points.

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Liverpool keeping an eye on 18-year-old Brazilian sensation

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Liverpool are one of the clubs keeping an eye on Brazilian sensation Bruno Roberto, according to the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old recently played for the senior Atletico Mineiro side and is expected to follow the “lead” by Gabriel Jesus, as per the report.

Roberto plays as an attacking midfielder and has also interested the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea, as per the report.

The 18-year-old could be another great Brazilian coming through the ranks and it will be interesting to see if we follow up with our interest.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Liverpool have a few Brazilian internationals in their side with Alisson and Fabinho joining in the summer. Roberto Firmino has enjoyed a fantastic spell under Jurgen Klopp and seems to be getting better with each season under his belt.

The Reds have to be wary regarding South American youngsters as we have another Brazilian on the books, Allan, that has had trouble getting work permits in Britain.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt but hasn’t played a single competitive game for the Reds since joining in 2015.

Roberto could be a star in the making and if he wants to develop into the finished article, there is no better place than Liverpool.

Read more: “Man on a mission”, “Liverpool needs you” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after star posts training video

Klopp has one of the best youth teams in England, and the German is known for handing chances to youngsters at the club.

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