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Liverpool legend catches hold of key first-team star and urges him to defeat Everton

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Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher spoke with Xherdan Shaqiri after our loss to Paris Saint-Germain and reminded the Swiss it was important to win the Merseyside derby.

The Reds face Everton at Anfield on Sunday and need to return to winning ways after their 2-1 defeat in midweek.

Carragher told on the ‘All Together Now’ Everton podcast (h/t Daily Mail):

“I pulled Shaqiri on the way out in the mixed zone in Paris.

“He came over and said: ‘Hello.’ I said to him: ‘It’s the derby on Sunday and you have to win, you have to win.’ He said: ‘I know.’”

The Liverpool legend believed the Reds would revert to a different formation from the one we used in Paris.

“Shaqiri will play 100%. I think he’ll go back to the 4-2-3-1 system with Shaqiri on the right. Shaqiri seems to add something a little bit different.”

Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

The Reds have done well in the Premier League this season, and are just a couple of points behind Manchester City who lead the standings.

Liverpool are yet to taste defeat in the league in this campaign but Everton have done pretty well and even battled hard for a draw with Chelsea a couple of weeks ago.

Read more: Former Liverpool star believes Anfield will have a huge role to play in Napoli tie

The Merseyside derby is always tough to predict but Liverpool have the better players. We just need to have the right game plan to pick up the three points on Sunday.

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Liverpool submit enquiry for 12-goal Serie A winger starring for current club

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Liverpool make enquiry for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa

Liverpool have made an enquiry into the availability of Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.

Federico Chiesa, 21, has enjoyed a good season with Fiorentina. He has scored 12 goals and supplied three assists in 34 appearances across all competitions. The young Italian’s performances have caught the attention of the Reds, who are competing for Premier League and the Champions League this season.

The Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Fiorentina would be looking for a fee in the region of €70million for the winger, who has a contract that runs until the summer of 2022 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

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Does Liverpool need Federico Chiesa?

A product of the Fiorentina academy, Federico Chiesa is one of the hottest properties in Italian football. He has performed very well in the Serie A this season and has also become a regular in the Italian national team under Roberto Mancini.

The 21-year-old is pacey, dynamic, hard-working and tenacious as well as a technically-gifted player that can create and score goals in equal measure. The winger can light up the scene with his raw pace and creativity as well as change the course of the game in one blink of an eye.

Chiesa is a clever operator, capable of picking out passes and breaking the lines with his creative passing. To go with his intelligent and solid passing range, he can make space for himself with dribbles and take-ons. The Italy international works incredibly hard without the ball and is no slouch when it comes to performing defensive duties.

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But given we have Mohamed Salah on the right wing and is a regular fixture in Klopp’s front three, the Reds shouldn’t splash so much money on Chiesa.

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“It’s the decisive period of the season”: Jurgen Klopp determined to win the PL title in pre-match presser ahead of Cardiff City clash

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Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp raring to win both the competitions

Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are not tired and are raring to win the two elite competitions—the Premier League and the Champions League, as reported by the Liverpoolfc.com.

The Reds are top of the Premier League and have reached the Champions League semi-finals by beating FC Porto over the two legs. That potentially leaves us with seven matches to negotiate in the campaign and after the big win over Porto in mid-week, attention turns towards Sunday’s game against Cardiff City.

“We are not tired. It’s the decisive period of the season. It was last year like this, it is this year like this. That’s good. That we are involved in two more competitions is a sign for success,” Klopp addressed in his presser ahead of the Cardiff game.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

“We are still in the Champions League and title race. We are not tired.

‘Training is low intensity because we don’t have to do a lot because the boys know it.

“We have a little session tomorrow and then we go to Cardiff.”

On facing Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City, Klopp added: “We will probably have the ball a bit more than Cardiff and that’s what we have to use. We have to be very careful about counter-attacks, we have to be very careful about always [being] concentrated because each set-piece will be a proper scoring opportunity for Cardiff.

“That’s impressive. I think the whole city fights for the league and we will go there and have to face it. We will face that and, if we are prepared, then we still can get a result I think.”

Ahead of Sunday’s visit to South Wales, our gaffer also gave an injury update: He expects Dejan Lovren to be available for the weekend fixture, while Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain in contention.

Sunday’s game against Cardiff should be a routine one for Liverpool but a side fighting tooth and nail to avoid relegation should never be estimated. Warnock’s side are a powerful, physically strong side whose direct style of football can cause us problems.

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But we have defenders to cope up to their challenge and forwards to hit them hard on the counter. Let’s just hope we return back home with nothing less than three points.

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Liverpool enter race to sign 19-year-old with £106m release clause

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Liverpool FC transfer news: The Reds interested in Benfica’s Joao Felix

Joao Felix has emerged as one of Europe’s exciting talents, helping Benfica push for the league title this season.

The 19-year-old has taken Europe by storm and became the youngest player ever to net a hat-trick in the Europa League earlier this month. Most of Europe’s elite clubs are already monitoring the teenage sensation’s progress.

Joao Felix

Joao Felix

Liverpool are also one of the clubs interested in Joao Felix and very recently sent scouts to watch him in action against Eintracht Frankfurt, where he netted a hat-trick in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final last week, report the Birmingham Mail.

The report even claims that the Reds have informed his agent, Jorge Mendes, of their interest in the hoping of taking the player to Anfield at the end of the season.

It’ll be tough to get a deal done for Joao Felix

Felix is now recognised as one of the hottest talents in world football. He is s one of the first names on Bruno Lage’s teamsheet and in just more than half a season, is already on the radar of Europe’s big-hitters.

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Considering the interest in teenage prodigy, it’ll be very difficult for Liverpool to sign him. The Portuguese attacker is a player with huge potential but he needs to play regularly if he’s to unlock his true talent.

I don’t see that happening at Anfield, particularly with Jurgen Klopp having a set front-three in Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. It’ll be very difficult for the young Felix to dislodge either one of them from the starting XI.

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Plus, Felix has a £106m release clause in his contract which makes it even more complicated for us to strike a deal.

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