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Salah and Fabinho Spur Liverpool To Victory



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.


Liverpool Eyeing Summer Move For Napoli Midfielder



Liverpool Eyeing Summer Move For Napoli Midfielder

Premier League title contenders Liverpool are reportedly plotting a summer move for Napoli midfielder Piotr Zelinski.

The 24-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Liverpool.

According to the publication from Calciomercato, the Polish international player is back on the radar of the Merseyside club despite recent reports which revealed that Napoli are close to signing him on a new contract at the club.

Zelinski was recently part of the Polish team that crashed out of last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

Poland and Piotr Zelinski finished bottom of Group F at the tournament behind Senegal, Japan and group leaders Colombia.

Piotr Zelinski came close to joining Liverpool in 2016 only for him to sign for Napoli from fellow Italian Serie A club Udinese.

He has grown to become an important player for Napoli since his move to the club.

The 24-year-old has scored four goals in 26 league appearances to propel them into the top two spots on the Italian Serie A table.

In total, Piotr Zelinski has scored five goals in 36 games in all competitions.

The Liverpool midfield has been heavily criticised for lack of goals and the signing of Zelinski would go a long way to add cutting edge and ruthlessness to the Reds’ midfield.

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Liverpool Defender Named On Barcelona Transfer Shortlist For Left-backs



Liverpool Defender Named On Barcelona Transfer Shortlist For Left-backs

Liverpool star Alberto Moreno is on a three-man transfer shortlist at Barcelona who are in the market for a new left-sided defender.

Barcelona want to sign a backup for first choice left-back Jordi Alba and they have drawn up a list of three players as a result.

Spanish media outlet Sport claim that the three-man shortlist includes Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno, Arsenal star Nacho Monreal and Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.

Jordi Alba is the undisputed first choice at left-back and the Spaniard recently signed a new five-year contract at the club to further highlight his importance in the Barcelona setup.

Jordi Alba could face the threat of Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno for a spot at left-back next season.

Spanish international left-back Moreno has been heavily linked with Barcelona in the past.

His Liverpool contract will run out this summer and the player is not willing to extend his stay at Anfield.

Alberto Moreno joined Liverpool in the summer of 2014 in a deal worth £12m after helping Spanish La Liga club Sevilla to the Europa League title under manager Unai Emery.

He has not been able to secure a spot in the Liverpool team in recent seasons due to the emergence of first choice left-back Andy Robertson.

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Liverpool Chief Gives Big Update On Transfers



Liverpool Chief Gives Big Update On Transfers

Liverpool director Billy Hogan has provided a big transfer update that will be music to the ears of the Reds’ faithful.

Billy Hogan is the managing director at Liverpool and he has revealed that manager Jurgen Klopp will have money to spend when the transfer window reopens.

This is coming on the back of recent reports that Liverpool manager might not be able to strengthen his team adequately due to the planned development on their Stadium.

Billy Hogan allayed those fears in his recent interview with fcbusiness as he confirmed that funds will be made available for the Liverpool manager amidst the Stadium renovation plans.

Earlier this month, Liverpool posted pre-tax profits of £125m for the last financial year and it took into account the £75m signing of Dutch international centre back Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton and the £142m transfer of Philippe Coutinho to Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool spent the most money during last summer’s transfer window.

The Reds spent £173m on transfers last summer following the acquisition of Naby Keita and Fabinho from RB Leipzig and AS Monaco respectively.

Liverpool also signed Swiss international Xerdan Shaqiri from Stoke City while Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker joined the club from AS Roma.

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