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No Major Signings, No Problem For Liverpool



Last season saw Liverpool edged out in one of the Premier League’s most dramatic title races and although there was bitter disappointment at being pipped to the post by Manchester City, it was a blow that was undoubtedly softened just a couple of weeks later.

That’s because the and after their 2-0 win over fellow English outfit Tottenham in Madrid, it highlighted just how talented a group of players manager Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal.

While such are the options available to Klopp, it meant that there were no new major signings this summer and although some will point to that as a negative, there is also no reason to doubt the logic of the former Borussia Dortmund manager.

After once again becoming the dominant force in European football, it then asks the question as to just how you can keep improving what you already have and although there was no need for a revolution on Merseyside, some would have at least expected a form of evolution.

It’s an evolution that many will deem necessary for Liverpool to win the title and if you were to , you can understand why Manchester City have been placed as favourites to be crowned champions for the third time in succession.

Then again, perhaps the evolution has come in the way of getting rid of the excess and this is why both Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge were not handed new contracts and subsequently shown the Anfield exit door in the off-season.

In addition to that, there is also the concern that too many or even any new arrivals could disrupt the balance of a team and this is one of the major reasons why it was deemed unnecessary to open the purse strings this summer.

At this point, critics will look at this as a missed opportunity to challenge Manchester City once again but perhaps you only have to look at the team that Liverpool beat in the Champions League final, as an example of how cohesion can be of a huge benefit.

No-one gave Mauricio Pochettino any hope of success twelve months ago after and although they may not have lifted a trophy, they achieved far more than anyone would have expected.

With that in mind, we may even be witnessing something of a change in mindset and perhaps there will be an even greater value in coaching over the next few years, which in turn slows down the rate and level of expenditure in the Premier League.

If the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool can achieve great things, without having to buy new players then it may make the rest of the Premier League sit up and take notice. Then again, maybe it shows just how good a pair of managers Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp really are, as they extract every last drop from their players.

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn’t easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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



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.

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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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Liverpool set to sign new £75m kit deal which could be the biggest in the Premier League



Latest Liverpool news: Reds on the verge of signing new Nike kit deal

Forbes (h/t Mirror) claims that Liverpool are close to signing a kit deal with Nike, which could be the biggest in the Premier League.

The Reds are contracted with New Balance currently but that runs out at the end of the season.

The Mirror adds that the current deal is worth £45million per season for Liverpool but Nike’s offer could blow away the £75m that Adidas pay Manchester United.

New Balance’s deal is only the fourth-best in the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester City also earning more from their kit deals.

Liverpool have been associated with Warrior Sports and New Balance since 2012, with Adidas being the previous kit manufacturers, but Nike could take over from the 2020-21 season.

Exciting times ahead for the Reds

Liverpool’s growth under Jurgen Klopp would have played a role if we land this deal from Nike. The Reds are the champions of Europe and came close to winning the Premier League last season.

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Klopp has made us one of the biggest teams in the world again, and the German has improved the side with every passing season.

Liverpool’s kits have been great sellers too, with the report adding that the 2017-18 jersey was the biggest seller in the club’s history but that changed when the 2018-19 kit came out.

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It will be interesting to see how much we can actually get from the new deal and we seem set for more success on the pitch.

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