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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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Liverpool Eyeing Summer Move For Napoli Midfielder

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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

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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

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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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