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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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Belgian Shot Stopper To Stay At Liverpool Until Summer

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Belgian Shot Stopper To Stay At Liverpool Until Summer

It has been revealed that Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will stay at Anfield for the rest of the season.

This is according to renowned media outlet ESPN.

It was revealed that the Belgian international goalkeeper won’t be granted his desire to leave the club during the ongoing January transfer window.

The former Sunderland star wanted to leave the club last summer but the move was blocked by the club.

French Ligue 1 side Nice are long-term admirers of the Belgian shot stopper and could make a move for him if he’s available for a transfer.

Simon Mignolet has fallen out of favour at Liverpool following the arrival of Brazilian national team star Alisson Becker from Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.

Alisson joined the Reds in a then world record fee for a goalkeeper.

Liverpool paid £67m for his transfer only for Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to break that record days later with his £71m transfer to Chelsea from La Liga club Athletic Bilbao.

Mignolet played second fiddle to the Reds’ first choice goalkeeper Loris Karius last season and he has retained the same position in the present campaign despite the loan exit of Karius to Turkish giants Beskitas.

Alisson is the undisputed first choice goalkeeper at Liverpool this season.

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Tottenham Targeting Liverpool Striker As Replacement For Injured Kane

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Tottenham Targeting Liverpool Striker As Replacement For Injured Kane

Premier League title challengers Tottenham Hotspur are ruminating over a possible loan move for Liverpool striker Divock Origi according to various reports coming out of the British media.

According to The Sun, Tottenham want to sign the Belgian international star as a temporary replacement for the injured Harry Kane.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been ruled out of action for the next six weeks after sustaining a serious ankle injury.

Spurs confirmed that Harry Kane suffered ankle ligaments damage during the game against top four rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday evening.

The club revealed that the England international skipper is not expected to return to training until the first week of March.

It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will be ready to release Divock Origi to fellow title challengers Tottenham Hotspur for the remainder of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur fell further adrift in the race for the league title when they were beaten 1-0 at home by the Red Devils.

The defeat ensured that Spurs are now nine points off Premier League pacesetters Liverpool.

Divock Origi has been on the fringes of the Liverpool team since he returned to the club this summer from a loan spell at German club VFL Wolfsburg last season.

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Liverpool Transfer Target Confirms Salzburg Exit

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Liverpool Transfer Target Confirms Salzburg Exit

Premier League leaders Liverpool have received a huge boost after major transfer target Moanes Dabour said that he will leave his club in few days time.

Red Bull Salzburg striker Dabour has fuelled talks about a possible Liverpool transfer after his confirmation that his exit from the Austrian club is imminent.

In his recent interview monitored by Spanish media outlet Estadio Deportivo, the Israeli international star revealed that he will leave Red Bull Salzburg in the next few days.

The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a transfer to Liverpool in a deal that could be around £22m.

Moanes Dabour has been in sensational form for Red Bull Salzburg over the last two years.

He scored 27 goals to fire the Europa League campaigners to the Austrian Bundesliga title last season and he has continued his goalscoring form this term.

Dabour has found the back of the net 16 terms in the new campaign including six goals in six games during the Europa League campaign in the second half of last year.

He would certainly provide firepower to his next team which could be Liverpool.

The Merseysiders need a new striker after Dominic Solanke joined fellow Premier League side Bournemouth in a £19m deal.

Apart from the Reds, Spanish La Liga giants Valencia are also said to be interested in a move for the in-form Israeli attacker.

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