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Fabinho and Shaqiri star: Five talking points from Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Red Star

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Liverpool against Red Star Belgrade

Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners over Red Star Belgrade in a terrific performance at Anfield. The margin of victory could have been greater had we not missed a number of chances.

Nevertheless, Liverpool looked back to their best, even if we weren’t playing the toughest side in the world.

Our attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all scored. The win put us to the top of our group after three games.

There were a number of talking points from the game, and is our top five:

1) Another commanding display at the back

Liverpool are a tight ship now and it feels great we aren’t conceding sloppy goals. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were fantastic at the back and ensured Alisson kept another clean sheet.

The keeper was barely troubled throughout the night, and it is tough to remember if he had to make a single save too.

The partnership between Van Dijk and Gomez is blossoming, and will only get better with more games this season.

2) Fabinho and Shaqiri sparkle

This was the game where we saw the quality of two of our summer signings. Xherdan Shaqiri continued his form from the win over Huddersfield.

The Swiss star helped in the first goal and created the second. Shaqiri gives us a different dimension in attack and is a great option to have when needing to change things.

Fabinho looked a little off the pace initially but slowly grew into the game. The Brazilian seemed to do everything needed from a world-class defensive midfielder, and he has an eye for a pass too.

The Brazilian was excellent in the win and this is great news for the rest of the season.

3) Mo Salah is back on track

Salah scored a brace in this game and looked really sharp. The Egyptian hasn’t been in free-scoring form but this will do nicely for now.

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool

The former AS Roma man has three goals from his last two games. It will be tough for him to match the 44 from last season, however, more goals will come if he keeps putting in the effort.

4) Plenty of decision making for Klopp

Adam Lallana, Fabinho, Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri have all impressed in the last two games. This gives Klopp a bit of a problem as he has to pick the right team for the upcoming games.

After a long time the Reds have quality options for almost every position.

Daniel Sturridge Liverpool

Klopp has to be careful not to lose our steam. However, the German is the right man at the helm of the club and should get the best out of our stars.

5) Liverpool ride their luck

Liverpool were handed a couple of penalties which could have gone either way. Sadio Mane went down when an arm touched his face while we got one for handball.

The Mane one was debatable, but we haven’t been all that lucky over the years. The Reds also were a bit lucky in our 0-0 draw against Manchester City.

Dejan Lovren could have given away a penalty early on and Riyad Mahrez skied his chance from the spot.

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We have been lucky and hopefully, it continues this way for a long time.

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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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Christian Pulisic

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.

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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.

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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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Bruno Roberto

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.

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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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