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“Only positive of the US tour”, “Welcome to Liverpool” – Several Reds fans react as summer signing makes his debut for the club

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news: Van den Berg makes debut for Liverpool against Sporting Lisbon

Liverpool’s US tour did not go as well as expected, with the Reds failing to win any of their games.

The final match of the tour saw us play out a 2-2 draw with Sporting Lisbon, with Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum scoring the goals for the Reds.

Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring after Simon Mignolet made a mistake, and Wendel scored after half-time to make it 2-2.

There were no further goals in the second half as substitutes came onto the field and the Reds handed a debut to summer signing Sepp van den Berg.

The Dutchman
makes a long awaited debut for the Reds

The 17-year-old joined the Reds in June but has not been able to play for us in any of the pre-season games.

The former PEC Zwolle defender is highly rated and could play some minutes for us next season.

Liverpool needed a defender after last season’s troubles with injuries. Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez missed parts of the season, with Fabinho having to take up a role in central defence for a couple of games.

Sepp van den Berg still has a lot of time to develop and hopefully, he turns out to be a smart signing for the future.

Many fans were pleased to see the youngster get some minutes on the pitch, and here are some reactions from Twitter.

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Former Liverpool hero warns that Reds star’s form could dip later in the season due to this reason

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Latest Liverpool news: Barnes warns Mane’s form could dip later in the season

Sadio Mane has been a machine for Liverpool over the past two seasons. The Senegal star was involved in the World Cup, played almost every game for us last season and then took the national side to the AFCON final.

Barely three weeks after the final, he was back at Liverpool and came off the bench to face Norwich. Mane has bagged three goals in his last two games and should feature for us against Arsenal at the weekend.

Former Liverpool star John Barnes claims that Mane is in fine form due to a lack of rest for the attacker, and we could pay for that later in the season.

Barnes was speaking to the Sport Review and claimed that Klopp would be able to manage this situation (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“Maybe one of the reasons Sadio Mane in fine form is because he’s fitter than everybody else because he hasn’t had the time off, which he could pay for later on in the season, come Christmas time.

“But I’m sure that Klopp will be able to manage that situation.”

Liverpool’s over-reliance on their forwards

Klopp has rotated his midfield several times over the past two seasons but isn’t afforded the same luxury when it comes to the forwards.

Roberto Firmino only missed games when he was injured in the previous campaign, while Mohamed Salah also played in most of the games.

Liverpool have Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi as cover for the pair, but they aren’t on the same level as the African stars.

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Salah and Mane are extremely durable, given the number of games played over the past two years, and they seem to be performing at a high level and barely look tired.

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“I don’t want to talk about it”: Klopp refuses to confirm if Liverpool star’s future is at Anfield

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp doesn’t confirm Lovren’s future at club

Jurgen Klopp was speaking to the press ahead of the weekend clash against Arsenal.

The German touched upon a range of topics from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to Alisson and Naby Keita’s injuries.

There was some transfer talk during the conference as Klopp was asked about Dejan Lovren’s future.

The Croatian has been linked with a move away in the summer (h/t Calciomercato) and Liverpool cannot buy a player until the winter window.

The European transfer window closes on 2nd September, and Klopp was not going to share any details regarding Lovren’s future (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“No comment on Lovren. A potential transfer or not, I don’t want to talk about it.”

Liverpool need to keep four quality centre-backs

Losing Lovren now would be a big blow as we would only have three recognised senior centre-backs until January. This is a risk that Klopp should not take and hopefully, we can keep hold of the Croatian until the end of the season.

Lovren is fourth-choice at the club, thanks to the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez but should feature in some of our cup games this season.

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Klopp has always been coy with regards to players coming in or going out of the club and hopefully, we aren’t left to rue Lovren’s sale this month.

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Liverpool open case regarding transfer of 20-year-old attacker to Serie A club

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Latest Liverpool news: Adekanye given reprieve as Liverpool dispute transfer

Bobby Adekanye left Liverpool in the summer to join Lazio in the Serie A. The former Barcelona and Ajax youngster left on a free without making a senior appearance for the Reds.

However, Liverpool believe that the Italians broke the rules to sign the Dutch attacker and opened a case that could have seen the 20-year-old not play for Lazio in the season opener, according to Calciomercato.

Bobby Adekanye

Bobby Adekanye

FIFA have acted upon this complaint and announced that the youngster has been granted a reprieve and can play for Lazio against Sampdoria in the first game of the season (h/t Calciomercato).

The report adds that the youngster can feature for Lazio until the dispute is completed, and Adekanye could feature for the Eagles on Sunday.

Adekanye struggles to break into the senior side

The attacker has come through the ranks of several quality academies in his short career but he was never able to impress Jurgen Klopp enough to feature in the first-team.

The youngster didn’t feature much in our pre-season this summer and Klopp already has quality wingers in the first-team at the moment.

Impressive youngsters such as Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent can’t break into the side either, with both players spending time away on loan last season.

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It would have been difficult for Adekanye to feature for the senior side this season and hopefully, he gets more games at Lazio.

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