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Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah a £200 million transfer target Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris St-Germain

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Liverpool are facing a battle to hold on to leading scorer Mohamed Salah this summer as European giants are lining up to try and poach him – potentially for a world record £200 million fee.

Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Barcelona are all reportedly keen on signing the Egyptian, who has scored 37 goals in 43 appearances for club and country this season, according to a report in The Sun.

Salah, 25, has been compared to Argentina great Lionel Messi recently – he has also scored more goals than him this season – for his performances for Liverpool. In his most recent match, he scored 4 goals against Watford.

In the current transfer market, it is thought it may take a world record fee – the current mark was set by PSG last summer when they paid Barcelona £198 million for Neymar – to prise Salah from Liverpool. Selling him for that much would be a huge return on the £34.3 million the Reds paid Roma last summer for him.

However, every player has a price, as Liverpool proved when they accepted Barcelona’s £145 million bid in January for Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho, having rebuffed several previous offers from the Spanish side.

Should Liverpool take the money – and it is surely speculation at the moment – they would have enormous spending power, given that they still have about £70 million left in the kitty from the Coutinho deal.

Of course, if Salah went to Real, it would mean they would drop their interest in Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham striker Harry Kane. But then that might mean one of Europe’s other giants would come in for them.

Whatever happens, it seems like this summer will be another one of frenetic transfer activity.

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 set for summer battle with Real Madrid for Alisson signature

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Liverpool are facing a battle this summer with Spanish giants Real Madrid to sign Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.

The Reds are known to be targeting a new goalkeeper this summer, with neither Loris Karius or Simon Migniolet convincing boss Juergen Klopp that they should be number one.

However, Real Madrid are also in the market for a new stopper. With Manchester United resolute in their refusal to sell David de Gea, Los Blancos are searching for alternatives, and 25-year-old Alisson would fit the bill. The Brazilian has put in a string of impressive performances this season, including helping Roma to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Alisson himself has said that interest from Real makes him “happy”, although that doesn’t necessarily mean he would prefer a move to the Bernabeau.

But it would take a world record deal to prise him away from Roma. He has been rated at £70 million – the current record is the £34.7 million Manchester City paid Benfica for Ederson last year. But in today’s inflated market it is possible a club would be prepared to pay that much.

Should a deal for Alisson not materialise, Klopp is also said to be interested in Bauer Leverkusen stopper Bernd Leno, who has also caught the eye and would be substantially cheaper, at about £20 million.

All the factz you need on Liverpool v Watford including which TV channel its on

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The tea-time kick-of in the Premier League today sees Watford travel to Liverpool. Liverpool are still chasing second place in the PL, while Watford will be looking to cement a place in the top 10. The match kicks off at 5.30pm and it is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* The sides played out a 3-3 thriller on the opening day of the season.
* Anfield is a fortress once more for Liverpool: they haven’t lost there in the PL all season and have scored at least twice in each of their last 6 matches there.
* Watford are awful away from home – they’ve lost 7 of their last 8, drawing the other.
* Mo Salah is a fantasy football manager’s dream: has been involved in 47% of Liverpool’s goals in the PL, with 24 goals and 8 assists.
* Watford have the third worst PL defence. They’ve conceded 50 goals so far, only West Ham and Stoke have conceded more.

All the factz on Manchester United v Liverpool including which TV channel its on

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The opening match in the Premier League this weekend sees one of the biggest games of the season as Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford. The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* The sides drew 0-0 at Anfield earlier in the season, thanks in part to Jose Mourinho’s defensive tactics.
* This match is always hotly contested – there have been 16 red cards in PL fixtures between the sides. Only the Merseyside Derby has had more.
* United have won 16 matches at home this season in all competitions, drawing 2 and losing just once – against neighbours Manchester City.
* Liverpool have lost just once in their last 20 matches, winning 14.
* If Romelu Lukaku scores today, it will be his 100th PL goal.