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In Form Shaqiri Should Not Limit Lallana’s Spackle

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In Form Shaqiri Should Not Limit Lallana’s Spackle

Xherdan Shaqiri is sparkling but that doesn’t mean Adam Lallana’s flame is flickering out… fit-again Liverpool man is ready to show why Jurgen Klopp and Co all love having him in their team

Some Liverpool fans believe they are better off without Adam Lallana in the starting eleven.

Xherdan Shaqiri has impressed but a fit Lallana still has plenty to offer the Reds
Gareth Southgate wanted him at the World Cup and Jurgen Klopp admires him

He is beginning to find his rhythm again with recent showings.

Now that his season is properly up and running, following three appearances for Liverpool in the space of a week, Southgate will once again be thinking of Lallana and looking to include him in the November internationals against the United States and Croatia.

All of which begs this question: if Southgate is excited about having Lallana available – and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is delighted the 30-year-old is getting back into the groove – why is there a segment of supporters who want him out?

The clamour has been particularly apparent since Saturday’s dismissal of Cardiff.

Lallana made way for Xherdan Shaqiri in the 61st minute and the new crowd favourite’s introduction coincided with Liverpool moving through the gears and recording an emphatic final score.

But just because Shaqiri is dazzling does not mean Lallana’s flame is flickering out. When terms such as ‘yesterday’s man’, ‘team has moved past him’, ‘wasn’t good enough in the first place’ are punched onto social media on the back of one performance it is hugely disrespectful.

The past 15 months for Lallana, mainly, have been a nightmare.

The thigh injury that forced him to miss the first four months of last season was awful, as was the hamstring issue – sustained at Crystal Palace in March – that effectively stopped him going to the World Cup.

Each time, however, he has worked relentlessly to get back into the best possible shape.

He is approaching it again now but the only thing that will help him get to the next phase is playing games; that is when the rhythm will come.

Xherdan Shaqiri has impressed but his form should not mean Lallana is pushed to one side
Those who believe Liverpool would be better off with Lallana being moved on should also remember these figures: the win percentage and average goals per game increase with him in the team.

This is not someone who holds the team back and the ovation he received from the away end at Huddersfield on October 20 reflected the affection of many for Lallana.

There is also something else to consider: managers keep picking him.

Whether it is Klopp or Southgate, Brendan Rodgers, Roy Hodgson or Mauricio Pochettino; they all recognise the worth that Lallana brings to their teams.

Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Lallana’s style and missed the midfielder during his time out injured

Since Klopp became Liverpool manager, Lallana has increased the distance he covers in matches from 11.8km to 12.7km; just because he is into his thirties and has suffered with fitness problems does not mean his best days are gone.

If the season pans out as Klopp hopes, Liverpool could end up playing around 60 games.

For the season to reach a successful conclusion, he needs high-calibre options and that is what Lallana is. He knows it. Southgate knows it.

You would hope the vast majority know it too.

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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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