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(Photos) Liverpool stars train in pairs ahead of tough Arsenal clash at the weekend

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Latest Liverpool news: Reds train hard for top of the table clash against Arsenal

Liverpool face Arsenal in the game of the Premier League this weekend. The Reds and the Gunners are the only clubs to have won their opening games of the Premier League season, and this is a great chance for us to create a gap with the rest of our rivals.

Arsenal have looked impressive with some of their new signings doing well. Dani Ceballos looks to be a handful while their attack has seen the addition of Nicolas Pepe.

The Reds had to fight hard for the three points against Southampton but they had returned from a tough UEFA Super Cup victory.

Jurgen Klopp saw his side train ahead of the Arsenal clash and two of our stars were paired up for one of the drills.

Roberto Firmino looks close to being at his best and scored in the win over the Saints, while Virgil van Dijk has been great for the Reds.

Liverpool have to be smart in the attack and in the defence, and we could see Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson link up on Saturday.

The pair created several chances at St Mary’s and took part in training as a team. Mohamed Salah was tied with Divock Origi, and the Egyptian should feature from the start this weekend.

Midfield conundrum for Klopp

Klopp has mixed up his midfield this season and it will be interesting to see who starts on Saturday.

Fabinho suffered a cramp in the win over Chelsea while James Milner got a nasty cut against Southampton.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked good in the second half against the Saints, but Georginio Wijnaldum has a more rounded game when compared to the English midfielder.

The manager also has to make some tough decisions for the heart of the defence. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have been rotated alongside Van Dijk.

Gomez provides us with more pace at the back while Matip reads the game slightly better than the English youngster.

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Liverpool need to be wary of the threat possessed by the Gunners on Saturday, but we should start the game as favourites.

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Dutch attacker linked with Liverpool to be handed new deal by Ligue 1 giants

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Lyon to offer Liverpool-linked Memphis Depay a new contract

Memphis Depay has done a great job at Lyon since joining them from Manchester United.

The 25-year-old has scored consistently for the Ligue 1 giants and is a permanent fixture in the Dutch national team too.

Depay has turned his career around after his struggles at Manchester United. He was signed from PSV Eindhoven but left after failing to make a mark at Old Trafford.

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Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay celebrate for the Netherlands (Image credit: Wijnaldum Twitter)

An older and more experienced Depay seems to be at his best and the 25-year-old has been linked with Liverpool (h/t Express).

Tottenham and United are also keen on the 25-year-old, however, Lyon are set to offer him a new deal (h/t Express).

The club’s president Jean Michel Aulas confirmed to BeIN Sports a new contract was one the way. However, Aulas added that Depay was still to make a decision on signing it (h/t Express):

“We will make him a contract extension offer because he is an exceptional player.

“He will be the one who will ultimately decide. He is a sweet boy, an interesting man.”

Do Liverpool need more attackers?

The Reds are in a great position in the Premier League and could do with another quality attacker coming in.

Mohamed Salah has had his injury problems this season while we would need to rest players due to our packed schedule.

Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri was excellent in the 5-2 win over Everton (Image credit: Getty)

However,Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri were brought back in the team to face Everton. The pair were excellent in the 5-2 win with both getting on the score sheet.

Shaqiri could be the difference-maker for the remainder of the season. If the Swiss performs at his best we might not need to think of making any signings in January.

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“Celebration with the GOAT” – Some Liverpool stars react to 5-2 win over Everton on Twitter

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Divock Origi

How the Liverpool stars reacted to incredible 5-2 derby win over Everton

Liverpool kept their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a dominant display over Everton.

The Merseyside derby is never easy to predict and with Everton doing well against Leicester, this could have been a game where we could have dropped points.

Jurgen Klopp’s team selection also raised some eyebrows with Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi starting.

Divock Origi
Divock Origi scored a brace in the 5-2 win over Everton (Image credit: Getty)

There was no place in the starting XI for Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah. However, that didn’t matter for us with Origi opening the scoring early on.

Shaqiri made it two thanks to the second assist of the game from Sadio Mane, but our defensive issues continued.

Michael Keane pulled a goal back but we raced into a 4-2 thanks to goals from Mane and Origi.

Everton pulled one back from Richarlison on the cusp of half-time but Georginio Wijnaldum sealed the win by scoring in the dying moments of the game.

Origi stars for Liverpool again

Origi might not have played too many games for us this season but he did a great job once again.

The Belgian should have scored a hat-trick in this game but Mane could have done the same too.

Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri was excellent in the 5-2 win over Everton (Image credit: Getty)

It was a great performance all-around with Shaqiri and Lallana also impressing. The Swiss star tried many tricks and flicks and most of them came off.

Lallana played in an advanced role and did well too, which should be great for Jurgen Klopp. The German has to mix his team around in the coming weeks and it is fantastic that most of our squad players are also on form.

Many Liverpool players were pleased with the win and some of them even called out Origi as the GOAT.

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“It is healing but not how we wished” – Klopp confirms further time out for injured Liverpool star

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Jurgen Klopp confirms Joel Matip’s injury isn’t healing as it was expected to

Jurgen Klopp provided an update on Joel Matip’s injury ahead of the clash against Everton.

The centre-back hasn’t featured for us since the 1-1 draw against Manchester United and won’t play in the Merseyside derby too.

Matip was our best defender alongside Virgil van Dijk but has been out due to a knee injury.

Joel Matip
Joel Matip has been excellent alongside Virgil van Dijk over the past 18 months (Image credit: Getty)

Klopp claimed that Matip needs more time to recover but admitting the injury wasn’t healing as expected (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“Joel needs a bit more time.

“It is healing but not exactly how we wished for so he needs a bit more time and that will take a while. The others are fit and available.”

Joe Gomez has also struggled for consistency this season and has often been brought off the bench to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold late in games.

Matip had been excellent since last season and helped us win the Champions League too. It will be interesting to see when he returns for the Reds, but we have a packed schedule coming up.

Lovren starring for Liverpool

Matip’s absence should keep Dejan Lovren in the first-team. The Croatian has done a decent job this season alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren battles for the ball against Leicester (Image credit: Getty)

It will be interesting to see how Klopp rotates the side given that Liverpool play almost every three days for the next two months.

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