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Mohamed Salah as influential as Messi and Maradona – Klopp

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Mohamed Salah is becoming as influential for Liverpool as players such as Lionel Messi is for Barcelona and Diego Maradona was for Napoli, according to Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.

Salah scored 4 goals against Watford yesterday, taking his goal tally for the Premier League season to 28 and 36 in all competitions – making him the top scorer in the top 5 European leagues, ahead of the likes of Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane.

Speaking after the match, Klopp was fulsome in his praise for the Egyptian forward, saying he was “on his way” to being mentioned in the same breath as Messi. Although he added that Salah himself probably wouldn’t want to be compared to the Argentinian great as he is focused on his own game.

“The last player I know who had the same influence on a team performance was Diego Maradona,” Klopp added.

Salah has had a profound effect on the side since he joined in the summer, and has had a hand in more than half of the goals Liverpool have scored in the PL – he has 9 assists to go with his 28 goals.

“As it is always in life, if you have to have the skills you have to show that constantly and consistently, and he is very good,” Klopp added.

Liverpool target signing Riyad Mahrez and Jack Butland

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With the money from Philippe Coutinho’s £142 million transfer to Barcelona burning a hole in his pocket, Liverpool boss is targeting new signings, including Leicester City playmaker Riyad Mahrez and Stoke City stopper Jack Butland.

Algerian international Mahrez has been heavily linked to a move to Anfield, and the midfielder is apparently keen on making the move, according to Bleacher Report. However, despite rumours, no representatives from Liverpool have yet made contact with their counterparts at Leicester.

Mahrez would be a ready-made replacement for Coutinho, knows the division and would be available for about £50 million, which seems a relatively reasonable price in today’s inflated market.

However, if Liverpool want to make a move, they may have to be quick, as Arsenal are also said to be lining up a move for Mahrez. With Arsene Wenger seemingly resigned to losing Alexis Sanchez this month, and also prepared to sell Theo Walcott, replacements are needed and, again, the Algerian would seem to fit the bill.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are also being linked to a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland in the summer, according to the Daily Star.
Despite Stoke’s struggles at the wrong end of the Premier League this season, Butland has enhanced his reputation as one of the best goalkeepers in the country – with the potential to get better, given he is still only 24.

Liverpool have long had problems with finding a number one keeper, with Simon Migniolet and Lorisu Karius currently challenging for the position. However, Butland could be seen as an upgrade on both of those. It is thought likely that Butland would also welcome a move to a club playing in Europe.

Butland is likely to be expensive – more so if Stoke avoid the drop – perhaps north of £30 million, but given Liverpool’s new-found wealth, they can more than afford it.

Liverpool and Inter Milan could move for Manchester City ace in January

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Liverpool and Inter Milan are keeping tabs on David Silva’s contract talks with Manchester City, and could make a move for the playmaker if they don’t progress.

Silva currently has a contract that runs to the summer of 2019, and City boss Pep Guardiola wants him to extend that deal by 12 months.

But Silva has plenty of admirers, who could be willing to offer a longer, more lucrative deal, according to The Sun. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is known to be an admirer of Silva, as is Inter’s Luciano Spalletti, so both could come in if progress isn’t made on contract talks.

However, it is highly doubtful that Guardiola would countenance the sale of the Premier League’s leading assist maker, especially to a domestic rival.

File this one under ‘not going to happen’.

Liverpool sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for £35 million

Liverpool have signed Arsenal and England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for £35 million.

Earlier this week, it had seemed that Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, would sign for Chelsea after a fee was agreed, but the winger rejected the move – which is when Liverpool came in with their bid.

Speaking briefly, Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is currently with the England squad, said: “I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool.”

Speaking to Liverpool’s website, manager Jurgen Klopp said: “I am really, really happy we have got Alex signed. Since the last game I have been waiting and hoping we could make this transfer – and when I got the news he was ours it was fantastic.

“I remember the first time I saw him play live – it was at Dortmund in 2014 and he came on as a sub that day and made a big impact. He stood out immediately because of his pace and skills and his attitude in such a big game for a young player.”

This may not be the only deal Liverpool complete today. The club are in talks with Monaco over a £74 million move for Thomas Lemar, and they haven’t given up hope on signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who would cost about £60 million.

Liverpool target Naby Keita told he can leave RB Leipzig – but only for £70 million

Liverpool’s hopes of signing midfielder Naby Keita from German side RB Leipzig have been boosted as he has been told he can leave the club – but only for the right price.

Keita has been targeted by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp as he continues to rebuild the side. However, RB Leipzig are said to not be considering bids of less than £70 million for the 22-year-old Guinea international, according to The Guardian.

Keita has refused to sign a new deal with RB Leipzig, despite having negotiations over one, but has 3 years left on his current deal. RB Leipzig’s chief executive, Oliver Mintzlaff, has said Keita will n http://gty.im/674791112 http://gty.im/674791112 ot be sold. “It would be negligent to give away one of our key players now,” he said last week.

In addition, RB Leipzig will be embarking on their maiden Champions League campaign next season, after finishing runners-up in the Bundesliga.

Liverpool are understood to be considering making an offer of £50 million for Keita, so it appears there is a big gap between the clubs in terms of valuation. There may well be some serious negotiating to come if a deal is to happen.