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Salah and Fabinho Spur Liverpool To Victory

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Salah and Fabinho Spur Liverpool To Victory

Liverpool moved three points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with their 4-1 win over Cardiff City at Anfield, but what were the main talking points from the game?

Mane double helps Liverpool go top

Salah shines again
A relatively quiet start to the campaign provoked doubts in some quarters about whether Mohamed Salah could repeat last season’s heroics, but he looked as dangerous as ever against Cardiff, dispatching the opening goal from close-range before providing two assists as Liverpool ran riot in the second half.

The goal – his fourth in three games – was instinctively taken following a goalmouth scramble, and the assists were even better. First, he flicked the ball through to the onrushing Xherdan Shaqiri with the outside of his boot.

Then he produced a beautifully weighted through ball for Sadio Mane to score his second of the game.

Salah became the fastest player to reach the 50-goal mark for Liverpool with his second against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday.

You wouldn’t bet against him sending more records tumbling as the season progresses.

Encouraging signs from Fabinho
Fabinho has had to be patient since his £43.7m arrival from Monaco in the summer but having made only his second Liverpool start in the midweek win over Red Star, he kept his place against Cardiff.

Neil Warnock’s side did not provide too stern a test on his first Premier League start, but Liverpool supporters will feel encouraged nonetheless.

Like on Wednesday night, Fabinho started alongside Georginio Wijnaldum at the base midfield.

He rarely strayed out of position, ensuring Liverpool’s back four were well protected. From the start, the Brazilian could be seen looking over his shoulders constantly to check his positioning.

He also gave regular instructions and directions to the team-mates around him.

Fabinho kept it simple with his distribution, finding a team-mate with 75 of his 85 passes to help Liverpool dominate possession, but he also tried to keep things moving forward when possible. Fabinho occasionally popped up around the Cardiff box.

He was involved in the build-up to Mane’s first goal and it was him who found Salah to set up the third.

Fabinho did not have too much to do defensively – there was no repeat of the nine tackles he made against Red Star – but he did display impressive work-rate. According to Premier League tracking data, he ran further (11.2km) than any of his Liverpool team-mates.

Jurgen Klopp said it will take him six months to get up to speed back in September, but recent evidence suggests it could perhaps happen sooner.

Clean sheet run ends

Callum Paterson’s goal, prodded through Alisson’s legs after Junior Hoilett’s pass was deflected into his path, was the first Liverpool have conceded in a Premier League game at Anfield since February – preventing a 10th consecutive clean sheet and ending a run of 918 minutes unbeaten.

It was a moment of complacency from Liverpool’s defence but it will not worry them unduly.

Over the course of the 90 minutes, the Reds were utterly dominant, limiting Cardiff to just two shots on goal in total.

Klopp rested Joe Gomez and Andrew Robertson but Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno deputised without any problems.

Paterson’s goal provided a scare but there was never any genuine danger of Liverpool throwing the points away.

They have now taken 26 points from their opening 10 Premier League games.

It is their joint-best start to a Premier League season and it takes them three points clear of Manchester City, who take on Tottenham on Monday Night Football.

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Transfer News: Man United Target ‘rejects’ Barcelona move

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Transfer News: Man United Target ‘rejects’ Barcelona move

Manchester United have been given a lift in their quest for Matthijs De Ligt after he dismissed a transfer move to Barcelona, as indicated by reports.

The 19-year-old centre-back has developed as one of European football’s most exciting player this summer in the midst of reports Ajax are set up to give him a chance to leave for a fee of around €80million.

De Ligt’s future destination now however stays obscure, with connections to all of United, Liverpool, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

Be that as it may, the most recent reports in Spanish paper Marca claim De Ligt has ruled against a transition to Barca despite them already being the top choices to sign the Dutchman.

In spite of the report saying that a transfer deal had been agreed between the two clubs, his agent Mino Raiola has assumed a major role in De Ligt’s choice to snub the Catalan club.

Different reports as of late have claimed that Raiola would lean toward his client to join either PSG or another club and now it appears he could have his desire.

Man United’s inability to play in the next season’s Champions League is a major problem in their quest to sign De Ligt with it comprehended he might want to join PSG.

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Transfer News: Chelsea Reignite Interest in Bayer Leverkusen star as Hazard replacement

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Transfer News: Chelsea Reignite Interest in Bayer Leverkusen star as Hazard replacement

​Following the departure of Hazard to Real Madrid, Chelsea have restored their long term interest for Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey.

Chelsea were keen on the Jamaican winger over a year ago, and in spite of having a poor season last campaign, will look to the 21-year-old to attempt and fill the void left by the Belgian.

Bailey’s move to London relies on the result of Chelsea’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as they hope to have their transfer ban overturned.

The ​Daily Mail reports that the Stamford Bridge club are hoping to sign the young wingers, for example, Bailey to replace Eden ​Hazard as well as Willian and Pedro, who are not getting younger anymore.

Bailey could cost the Blues around £80m, a huge sum for a player who is yet to really sparkle. He showed up last season, scoring five goals and one assist.

Leverkusen will request for huge fee whoever desires to sign Bailey, as they face losing the in all exceptionally player Kai Havertz to Bayern Munich and have effectively lost Julian Brandt to Borussia Dortmund.

​Chelsea signed Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic in January as they hope to introduce young players to drive the club forward.

They are also purportedly inspired by Ajax’s David Neres, with the Blues fighting it out with a many teams of other ​Premier League clubs for his signature including ​Everton, ​Liverpool and Europa League final opponents ​Arsenal.

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Transfer News: Manchester United clear favourites win the race for Liverpool and Man City target

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Transfer News: Manchester United clear favourites win the race for Liverpool and Man City target

Man United are supposedly clear favourites to beat rivals Man City and Liverpool to sign Leicester City midfielder James Maddison.

Maddison was a standout amongst the most great midfielders in the Premier League last season, with the previous Norwich City man scoring seven goals and seven assists in his first campaign in England’s top flight.

Also, it appears as though Maddison’s form has gotten the attention of some of England’s top clubs, as the Daily Star are reporting that all of Man United, Liverpool and Man City are in the chase for the 22-year-old, with the Englishman being valued at around £60M.

Also, it appears as though United are driving the race to sign the player, as the Sun are reporting that the Red Devils are ‘clear favourites’ to sign Maddison, with Betway having them at chances of only 4/11.

Maddison would be a quality signing for United to make, as he’s shown with his incredible display for Leicester this year that he has what it takes to compete with the best the Premier League.

Man United appear to lead the race to sign Leicester man Maddison this summer.

Maddison would be a decent signing for United, paying £60M for him may be somewhat steep.

Maddison has been impressed this year, anyway paying that much for a player who’s just had one year in England’s top flight may be excessive in certain people’s eyes.

In any case, United unquestionably have the funds to get him this summer regardless of the fee, it will be surprising to see the player remain with the foxes this summer.

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