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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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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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