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  1. Andy Robertson has spoken of his satisfaction over Liverpool’s perfect start to the season after the Reds defeated Arsenal 3-1 on Monday night.The visitors took the lead through Alexander Lacazette after he made the most of a very uncharacteristic sloppy piece of play by the left-back.But the Champions did not let that setback knock them off their stride and Sadio Mane was on the spot to capitalise on some fine work by Mo Salah before Robertson truly atoned for his error by putting the Reds in front just past the half hour mark.The satisfactory night was complete when new signing Diogo Jota who looked lively from the moment he came on, opened his Liverpool scoresheet on his home debut two minutes from time.Speaking to the Official site after the contest, Robertson in his customary way poked fun at himself, but says he was very keen to make a positive impact.“I don’t think there were many negatives from the game. "Our defensive display was very good, our attacking was very good. The only thing we can maybe say is we maybe could have taken a couple more of the chances. “Of course, the goal could have been avoided – it was definitely the worst assist I’ve ever given! One I wasn’t happy about. “Look, these mistakes happen unfortunately; 99 times out of 100 I clear that and the danger is cleared, but unfortunately that was the one time. "Luckily, since I’ve came here, I’ve not made many mistakes. "But unfortunately that was one and when you make a mistake like that, you always want the team to win and you to try to contribute in different ways. “Luckily, I popped up at the other end and I didn’t let that get to me. "So, I’m pleased about that. And hopefully the next time that ball comes in I’ll clear it 60 yards the other way. The Scottish captain said that the respect was high for their opponents especially as Mikel Arteta has turned the North London club into a much more resolute outfit than the soft underbelly that they had displayed under the latter tenure of Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery. “You know by now that our game is based on hard work, first and foremost. We have so much individual quality. Defensively, we’re strong; attacking, we’re strong. But if we don’t work hard we don’t win games, it’s as simple as that – and that’s what has been drilled into us from the manager. “Since [Mikel] Arteta has come in, he has turned Arsenal around as a club, as a team on the pitch and off the pitch. “We knew it was going to be a tough game. Both teams 100 per cent records so far this season, and they have played with a lot of confidence. So we knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we knew if we could do what we can do, find [space] in between the lines and get the boys on the ball up top, we believed we could win the game. “Luckily, the work-rate and the quality all rolled into one and it was as close to a complete performance as we’ve done this season.The Impact of the Liverpool Full-backs is unparalleled throughout the league and a indication of that is since Robertson’s arrival in 2017/8 they have been involved in 66 goals (33 a piece).That is 11 clear of the next defender on the list (Cesar Azpilicueta).Robertson says he loves his role of being a creator, but he certainly sees himself primarily as a defender.“I love scoring and I love assisting but, first and foremost, I love defending. "That’s why a part of me still won’t be happy about tonight because I know I caused the [Arsenal] goal. “But the fact that we’re walking away with three points and I helped put the team in front and steered us to three points will probably help me sleep tonight. "Of course, creating goals and scoring goals is something I like doing and something I want to do, so long may that continue. “Hopefully I keep popping up in the right areas. I think I showed a bit of composure there – Mo or Sadio would have been quite happy with that!” View full article
  2. Andy Robertson has spoken of his satisfaction over Liverpool’s perfect start to the season after the Reds defeated Arsenal 3-1 on Monday night.The visitors took the lead through Alexander Lacazette after he made the most of a very uncharacteristic sloppy piece of play by the left-back.But the Champions did not let that setback knock them off their stride and Sadio Mane was on the spot to capitalise on some fine work by Mo Salah before Robertson truly atoned for his error by putting the Reds in front just past the half hour mark.The satisfactory night was complete when new signing Diogo Jota who looked lively from the moment he came on, opened his Liverpool scoresheet on his home debut two minutes from time.Speaking to the Official site after the contest, Robertson in his customary way poked fun at himself, but says he was very keen to make a positive impact.“I don’t think there were many negatives from the game. "Our defensive display was very good, our attacking was very good. The only thing we can maybe say is we maybe could have taken a couple more of the chances. “Of course, the goal could have been avoided – it was definitely the worst assist I’ve ever given! One I wasn’t happy about. “Look, these mistakes happen unfortunately; 99 times out of 100 I clear that and the danger is cleared, but unfortunately that was the one time. "Luckily, since I’ve came here, I’ve not made many mistakes. "But unfortunately that was one and when you make a mistake like that, you always want the team to win and you to try to contribute in different ways. “Luckily, I popped up at the other end and I didn’t let that get to me. "So, I’m pleased about that. And hopefully the next time that ball comes in I’ll clear it 60 yards the other way. The Scottish captain said that the respect was high for their opponents especially as Mikel Arteta has turned the North London club into a much more resolute outfit than the soft underbelly that they had displayed under the latter tenure of Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery. “You know by now that our game is based on hard work, first and foremost. We have so much individual quality. Defensively, we’re strong; attacking, we’re strong. But if we don’t work hard we don’t win games, it’s as simple as that – and that’s what has been drilled into us from the manager. “Since [Mikel] Arteta has come in, he has turned Arsenal around as a club, as a team on the pitch and off the pitch. “We knew it was going to be a tough game. Both teams 100 per cent records so far this season, and they have played with a lot of confidence. So we knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we knew if we could do what we can do, find [space] in between the lines and get the boys on the ball up top, we believed we could win the game. “Luckily, the work-rate and the quality all rolled into one and it was as close to a complete performance as we’ve done this season.The Impact of the Liverpool Full-backs is unparalleled throughout the league and a indication of that is since Robertson’s arrival in 2017/8 they have been involved in 66 goals (33 a piece).That is 11 clear of the next defender on the list (Cesar Azpilicueta).Robertson says he loves his role of being a creator, but he certainly sees himself primarily as a defender.“I love scoring and I love assisting but, first and foremost, I love defending. "That’s why a part of me still won’t be happy about tonight because I know I caused the [Arsenal] goal. “But the fact that we’re walking away with three points and I helped put the team in front and steered us to three points will probably help me sleep tonight. "Of course, creating goals and scoring goals is something I like doing and something I want to do, so long may that continue. “Hopefully I keep popping up in the right areas. I think I showed a bit of composure there – Mo or Sadio would have been quite happy with that!”
  3. Graeme Souness says that Diogo Jota must adapt quickly to the added scrutiny of being a Liverpool player.The Reds legend is a big fan of what the Portuguese international can bring to the side in a footballing sense, but writing in his piece in the Times (via Metro) says he will have to adapt to the pressure of being at one of the biggest clubs in World Football.“At Wolves, it wasn’t a cup final every week but it will be at Liverpool, so he has to show that he’s ready for that. “Otherwise, he fits the bill to deputise anywhere in that front three. He’s got great technique and understanding of the game, he’s already shown he can deal with the English game and play in a team that works hard, as Wolves do.“Although he’s scored some important goals, I always felt that Divock Origi was never going to hold down a regular place in that Liverpool team.“Jota fits the bill to deputise anywhere in that front three. He's got great technique and understanding of the game."It is a valid point that Souness raises as football has been littered with players who have struggled to adapt when joining a bigger club. One player who Souness has no reservations about on that front is the other ‘new boy’ in Thiago Alcantara making comparison between him and a iconic opponent.“Zico was the best I played against, I don't think I got within two yards of him in maybe eight times I played against him in the course of my career with Liverpool, Sampdoria and Scotland."He was one of those rare players that always seemed to have an extra yard of space to play in, the radar to see several moves ahead, the intelligence to be perfectly positioned when he received the ball and the perfect weight of touch to open the game out rather than taking it towards an opponent.“I suspect that many current Premier League players may find Thiago Alcantara as difficult to deal with.“I reckon he should find British football a breeze because he's that good, too. Souness feels that the Spaniard not only has an outstanding winning mentality, he is willing to mix up his game to what is required which is a managers dream.“Whenever you buy a player as a manager, you're always trying to eliminate risk. Thiago ticks all the boxes - tremendous work rate, vastly experienced, he's a creator but doesn't shy away from the hard yards either.” View full article
  4. Gini Wijnaldum is said to be very happy at Liverpool and more than open to extending with stay with the Premier League champions for the long term.While Liverpool have been quiet on the transfer front this summer only bringing in Kostas Tsimikas, fans could be excused for a feeling of Groundhog Day with the regular links to Thiago but seemingly no deal close to fruition.The continued speculation regarding the Spaniard who has compiled an outstanding resume at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has been seen as an indication that Wijnaldum will be sacrificed as Jurgen Klopp has reportedly been told that he has to sell before he can buyAdding to that fact is the Dutchman only has a year to run on his current deal and to this point has not yet signed an extension.The midfielder has being heavily linked to Barcelona and link up with his former international manager Ronald Koeman who has taken over the extremely hot seat at the Catalan giants.Koeman sees Wijnaldum as a key piece to the rebuild that Barcelona need to undertake.However the Metro (via The Telegraph) has thrown doubt onto any proposed deal as they report that Gini hopes to stay at the club and sign a new contract. The report continues to state that the hold-up in negations is believed to be over the length of the deal that Liverpool are offering Wijnaldum. Barcelona are willing to hand him an initial three-year deal with the option of a further 12 months to take him to his 34th birthday.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faces a extremely delicate balancing act. He has made no secret about his admiration for Thiago as a player.However, Wijnaldum is someone that the manager has total faith in whatever role that he is asked to fulfil.Whenever a big league game or a clash in Europe is on the horizon, you can virtually guarantee Wijnaldum’s name will be in the starting lineup and he is a much respected voice in the changeroom.While the start of the season is on the horizon, you sense this saga has a little while to play out yet. View full article
  5. Loris Karius is set to be on the move again with Union Berlin favourites to sign the keeper on a season-long loan.Karius has had a problematic last few seasons of his career stemming from his calamitous performance in the 2018 Champions League Final.With Jurgen Klopp realising that he needed a World Class custodian, he purchased Alisson and the German was sent on his way to Besiktas.The fortunes of both parties could not be more stark since they went their separate ways.As Liverpool have gone on to win countless trophies on the domestic front and global stage, the spell of Karius at the Turkish giants was turbulent to say the least with public criticism of his performances by manager Senol Gunes and ending with the 27- year canceling his contract due to unpaid wages.With Alisson firmly entrenched as not only the No 1 keeper at the club but arguably in World Football and Adrian proving a solid deputy, there is no way back for Karius at the Reds even though he has two years to run on his existing deal. The Echo reports that the formalities with the German club should be settled by early next week.Union Berlin managing director Oliver Ruhmert spoke after his their 1-1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday saying:“He could be a possible newcomer,”Karius is just one player that Jurgen Klopp will be looking to offload before the transfer window closes along with the likes of Rhian Brewster, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic all linked with moves away from the club. View full article
  6. Graeme Souness says that Diogo Jota must adapt quickly to the added scrutiny of being a Liverpool player.The Reds legend is a big fan of what the Portuguese international can bring to the side in a footballing sense, but writing in his piece in the Times (via Metro) says he will have to adapt to the pressure of being at one of the biggest clubs in World Football. Jota is expected to be involved tonight as the Reds face unbeaten Arsenal at Anfield. Both sides have two wins from two so far and the game is likely to be full of goals. If you are looking to bet on the game then according to the experts at https://www.sportytrader.com/en/betting-tips/ the smart play tonight would be Liverpool to win and both teams to score. Check them out for more well informed betting tips ahead of this mouth watering clash and indeed throughout the rest of the season. The game is exactly the type of fixture that Souness is referring to. When Wolves face a team like Arsenal it's almost a free hit for them. There's far less pressure than there is when you enter these games as a Liverpool player, as Souness explained. “At Wolves, it wasn’t a cup final every week but it will be at Liverpool, so he has to show that he’s ready for that. “Otherwise, he fits the bill to deputise anywhere in that front three. He’s got great technique and understanding of the game, he’s already shown he can deal with the English game and play in a team that works hard, as Wolves do.“Although he’s scored some important goals, I always felt that Divock Origi was never going to hold down a regular place in that Liverpool team.“Jota fits the bill to deputise anywhere in that front three. He's got great technique and understanding of the game."It is a valid point that Souness raises as football has been littered with players who have struggled to adapt when joining a bigger club. One player who Souness has no reservations about on that front is the other ‘new boy’ in Thiago Alcantara making comparison between him and a iconic opponent.“Zico was the best I played against, I don't think I got within two yards of him in maybe eight times I played against him in the course of my career with Liverpool, Sampdoria and Scotland."He was one of those rare players that always seemed to have an extra yard of space to play in, the radar to see several moves ahead, the intelligence to be perfectly positioned when he received the ball and the perfect weight of touch to open the game out rather than taking it towards an opponent.“I suspect that many current Premier League players may find Thiago Alcantara as difficult to deal with.“I reckon he should find British football a breeze because he's that good, too. Souness feels that the Spaniard not only has an outstanding winning mentality, he is willing to mix up his game to what is required which is a managers dream.“Whenever you buy a player as a manager, you're always trying to eliminate risk. Thiago ticks all the boxes - tremendous work rate, vastly experienced, he's a creator but doesn't shy away from the hard yards either.”
  7. Loris Karius is set to be on the move again with Union Berlin favourites to sign the keeper on a season-long loan.Karius has had a problematic last few seasons of his career stemming from his calamitous performance in the 2018 Champions League Final.With Jurgen Klopp realising that he needed a World Class custodian, he purchased Alisson and the German was sent on his way to Besiktas.The fortunes of both parties could not be more stark since they went their separate ways.As Liverpool have gone on to win countless trophies on the domestic front and global stage, the spell of Karius at the Turkish giants was turbulent to say the least with public criticism of his performances by manager Senol Gunes and ending with the 27- year canceling his contract due to unpaid wages.With Alisson firmly entrenched as not only the No 1 keeper at the club but arguably in World Football and Adrian proving a solid deputy, there is no way back for Karius at the Reds even though he has two years to run on his existing deal. The Echo reports that the formalities with the German club should be settled by early next week.Union Berlin managing director Oliver Ruhmert spoke after his their 1-1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday saying:“He could be a possible newcomer,”Karius is just one player that Jurgen Klopp will be looking to offload before the transfer window closes along with the likes of Rhian Brewster, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic all linked with moves away from the club.
  8. Jurgen Klopp was thrilled by the performance of his team as a second string Liverpool side put seven past League One outfit Lincoln City in the third round of the League Cup on Thursday evening.It was the kind of game where the players who do not get consistent minutes in the first team get their moment in the spotlight.Virgil Van Dijk was the only first team regular in the starting lineup and he was surrounded by a number of exciting prospects and players who were looking to remind Jurgen Klopp of their qualities.Speaking after the match, Klopp outlined his satisfaction but said it is the kind of quality that he expects to see of his players.“If a player shows desire, because they all can play football, that’s why they are at Liverpool. “Who shows the desire we saw tonight, who shows the attitude we saw tonight, who shows so many things that I like and we want to see when a Liverpool team shows up, then there’s a big chance you’ll get a lot of games during the seasonOne of those players who is really starting to find his feet at senior level is Curtis Jones.Once again the 19 year-old grabbed the headlines with two outstanding goals which really pleased the manager but said he is in still in the development phase.“I think each game is ideal for Curtis to play in because of the quality he has, the skills he has. "First half, really good. Start of the second half, really good. And then, yeah, still space for improvement obviously. “But I think everybody knows my opinion about Curtis Jones. He is an exceptional talent and we will have some fun with him, I’m pretty sure, in the future."Both of his goals were difficult. "I think the second goal, the first touch was absolutely exceptional – between two opponents, little turn, then he opens up, sees the opportunity and finished it off. It was slightly deflected, but that’s just exceptional. Klopp was also glowing in the performance of the other two-goal star in Takumi Minamino who is starting to show why Liverpool was so keen to sign him last January and the manager outlined where the Japanese international may be best suited in a team sense.“I loved Taki’s game tonight, to be honest – it was absolutely outstanding and involved in so many situations. More and more, I think we all realise where his qualities are. “Wherever he will play in the end, he will end up in the centre: if he plays on the left wing or the right wing, he will play in the half-spaces or the centre because that’s where he has his real strength. He looked really well. “The opponent had to kick off seven times [after our goals] and the first guy who chased the opponent again when they received the pass was Taki. He set the rhythm for all these pressing and counter-pressing situations, so I really, really liked the game tonight. Finally, the German gave praise to a fan favourite in Xherdan Shaqiri who opened the scoring with a world-class free-kick and was a constant threat throughout with his creative mindset."First of all it was a super game; a super game from Shaq in a quite, I’m not sure, unfamiliar position – slightly deeper in midfield. He did it really, really well It was my fault [he was substituted] – he was completely fine, he twisted his ankle slightly but it was absolutely nothing. "He touched it twice and I thought it was his calf, but it is nothing. I think it was anyway good to take him off then, but he played a really, really good game. "The set-pieces were outstanding – the free-kick he scored with, what a goal that was! There is no doubt about Shaq’s quality, there was never [any doubt] and in the moment everything looks really, really good, it looks promising and we will see." View full article
  9. Jurgen Klopp was thrilled by the performance of his team as a second string Liverpool side put seven past League One outfit Lincoln City in the third round of the League Cup on Thursday evening.It was the kind of game where the players who do not get consistent minutes in the first team get their moment in the spotlight.Virgil Van Dijk was the only first team regular in the starting lineup and he was surrounded by a number of exciting prospects and players who were looking to remind Jurgen Klopp of their qualities.Speaking after the match, Klopp outlined his satisfaction but said it is the kind of quality that he expects to see of his players.“If a player shows desire, because they all can play football, that’s why they are at Liverpool. “Who shows the desire we saw tonight, who shows the attitude we saw tonight, who shows so many things that I like and we want to see when a Liverpool team shows up, then there’s a big chance you’ll get a lot of games during the seasonOne of those players who is really starting to find his feet at senior level is Curtis Jones.Once again the 19 year-old grabbed the headlines with two outstanding goals which really pleased the manager but said he is in still in the development phase.“I think each game is ideal for Curtis to play in because of the quality he has, the skills he has. "First half, really good. Start of the second half, really good. And then, yeah, still space for improvement obviously. “But I think everybody knows my opinion about Curtis Jones. He is an exceptional talent and we will have some fun with him, I’m pretty sure, in the future."Both of his goals were difficult. "I think the second goal, the first touch was absolutely exceptional – between two opponents, little turn, then he opens up, sees the opportunity and finished it off. It was slightly deflected, but that’s just exceptional. Klopp was also glowing in the performance of the other two-goal star in Takumi Minamino who is starting to show why Liverpool was so keen to sign him last January and the manager outlined where the Japanese international may be best suited in a team sense.“I loved Taki’s game tonight, to be honest – it was absolutely outstanding and involved in so many situations. More and more, I think we all realise where his qualities are. “Wherever he will play in the end, he will end up in the centre: if he plays on the left wing or the right wing, he will play in the half-spaces or the centre because that’s where he has his real strength. He looked really well. “The opponent had to kick off seven times [after our goals] and the first guy who chased the opponent again when they received the pass was Taki. He set the rhythm for all these pressing and counter-pressing situations, so I really, really liked the game tonight. Finally, the German gave praise to a fan favourite in Xherdan Shaqiri who opened the scoring with a world-class free-kick and was a constant threat throughout with his creative mindset."First of all it was a super game; a super game from Shaq in a quite, I’m not sure, unfamiliar position – slightly deeper in midfield. He did it really, really well It was my fault [he was substituted] – he was completely fine, he twisted his ankle slightly but it was absolutely nothing. "He touched it twice and I thought it was his calf, but it is nothing. I think it was anyway good to take him off then, but he played a really, really good game. "The set-pieces were outstanding – the free-kick he scored with, what a goal that was! There is no doubt about Shaq’s quality, there was never [any doubt] and in the moment everything looks really, really good, it looks promising and we will see."
  10. Gini Wijnaldum seems set to stay at Liverpool after liikely suitors Barcelona have had their hopes dashed by La Liga authorities.New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman had earmarked his countryman as a key signing as he looks to rebuild the fortunes of the Catalan club. Barca have fallen from grace in recent seasons and as reported on bettingtips.net they are distant second favourites behind Real Madrid in La Liga betting odds.As talks to bring Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool intensified, it seemed just a matter of time that the popular 29 year-old will be on the move after a impressive four season spell.However Jurgen Klopp seemed intent to keep one of his most trusted lieutenants and now that seems like that will occur.The Mirror reports that Barcelona's dire financial crisis has forced them to shelve plans to sign the Dutchman with the Spanish league's governing body stepping in to block the move. La Liga clubs are operating under strict financial guidelines following the Covid-19 pandemic.Barcelona are struggling with a £510million-a-year wage bill and will not be allowed to buy Wijnaldum and Lyon star Memphis Depay unless they raise the money with player sales first.They must also pay the same amount as the transfer fee to the Spanish government following financial help given to clubs during the health crisis.For years, observers have wondered how the top two clubs in Spain have been able to cherry pick the best talent from other clubs and at the same time hold on to what they currently have.But as Joris Evers, the La Liga's director of communications, explains those days could be a thing of the past.“We have a financial system, which goes beyond UEFA’s Financial Fair Play.“At UEFA they look at figures when a season is finished, we set the standards before the season starts. "If Barcelona try to do a deal behind the scenes, our analysts will notice this immediately. "The clubs agreed on this system as a reaction on a period when they were struggling to pay the wages of the players, because they'd overspent time and time again. Nobody wants to go back to that situation.’’They say seven days is a long time in Football. There was a bit of apprehension creeping in to the fanbase that with no fresh blood coming in, repeating the title triumph could be a task too far.They say good things come in threes and in the last week we have seen Thiago and Diogo Jota complete deals and Gini more than likely to remain at the club.One player who may be departing is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with the Mirror reporting that Thiago’s arrival means he will slide down the pecking order and Wolves are planning a bid for the midfielder.It is speculated that Liverpool will want in the range of £25 million for the 27 year-old.
  11. Gini Wijnaldum seems set to stay at Liverpool after liikely suitors Barcelona have had their hopes dashed by La Liga authorities.New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman had earmarked his countryman as a key signing as he looks to rebuild the fortunes of the Catalan club. Barca have fallen from grace in recent seasons and as reported on bettingtips.net they are distant second favourites behind Real Madrid in La Liga betting odds.As talks to bring Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool intensified, it seemed just a matter of time that the popular 29 year-old will be on the move after a impressive four season spell.However Jurgen Klopp seemed intent to keep one of his most trusted lieutenants and now that seems like that will occur.The Mirror reports that Barcelona's dire financial crisis has forced them to shelve plans to sign the Dutchman with the Spanish league's governing body stepping in to block the move. La Liga clubs are operating under strict financial guidelines following the Covid-19 pandemic.Barcelona are struggling with a £510million-a-year wage bill and will not be allowed to buy Wijnaldum and Lyon star Memphis Depay unless they raise the money with player sales first.They must also pay the same amount as the transfer fee to the Spanish government following financial help given to clubs during the health crisis.For years, observers have wondered how the top two clubs in Spain have been able to cherry pick the best talent from other clubs and at the same time hold on to what they currently have.But as Joris Evers, the La Liga's director of communications, explains those days could be a thing of the past.“We have a financial system, which goes beyond UEFA’s Financial Fair Play.“At UEFA they look at figures when a season is finished, we set the standards before the season starts. "If Barcelona try to do a deal behind the scenes, our analysts will notice this immediately. "The clubs agreed on this system as a reaction on a period when they were struggling to pay the wages of the players, because they'd overspent time and time again. Nobody wants to go back to that situation.’’They say seven days is a long time in Football. There was a bit of apprehension creeping in to the fanbase that with no fresh blood coming in, repeating the title triumph could be a task too far.They say good things come in threes and in the last week we have seen Thiago and Diogo Jota complete deals and Gini more than likely to remain at the club.One player who may be departing is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with the Mirror reporting that Thiago’s arrival means he will slide down the pecking order and Wolves are planning a bid for the midfielder.It is speculated that Liverpool will want in the range of £25 million for the 27 year-old. View full article
  12. Paul Merson is the latest Football figure casting doubt on whether Liverpool can retain their league title this season.The Reds won their first game of the new season against Leeds, but were made to fight every step of the way against the newly promoted side.That performance carrying over from their lacklusture form to end the last campaign has sparked discussion whether they have the squad depth required to go again.So far Liverpool has only added Greek left back Kostas Tsimikas in the transfer window to date, but Speaking on Sky Sports (via Metro), Merson says more is required “Liverpool could easily drop to fourth.‘You look at the goals Liverpool let in against Leeds: wow. I just think they turned up and thought they would wipe the floor with Leeds. ‘“I think they need to buy someone. “It would not surprise me if the finished fourth this season, and I thought that before this game. ‘It’s the same team, and they have a massive amount of players who have to play every week “Virgil van Dijk cannot get injured. The full-backs cannot get injured. They have not got anyone to replace the front three if they are injured.Merson says in contrast, the Reds chief title rival will be able to cover losses.“If Man City get injuries, they will just play.“We’ll score more goals than you” anyway. “What we’ll see later in the season is teams like Man City come into the fold massively, because their squad is too big. “That’s why I worry about Liverpool, there’s five or six players who must play week in, week out, otherwise the team is weakened immensely.’Merson’s comments follow on the back on former Reds striker Peter Crouch saying that he noticed a bit complacency of late.Crouch is certainly not as pessimistic as Merson when it comes to the fortunes of Liverpool this season, but says some new faces would help their prospects.“Liverpool are still my idea of champions and their squad is fantastic but there are always areas that need some investment.“I looked at the defence against Leeds. They have got three great players in Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip but I believe they could do with another addition there, as I wouldn't want to see Fabinho used as the fourth-choice central defender.“Look at the second goal they conceded, to Patrick Bamford. It was a rare mistake by Van Dijk that had a hint of complacency about it. Does he make the same mistake if Liverpool have signed a central defender this summer and pressure is being applied to his place? “Competition raises your standards by an extra one or two per cent."Crouch also believes that the front line may need some tinkering and says his old club missed a trick in not signing the highly rated German talent in Timo Werner.“There are only so many times Mohamed Salah, who bailed out his team, and Sadio Mane can produce heroics. “Adding another midfielder — such as Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara — or back-up striker would be welcomed. I have a feeling they missed a trick not getting Timo Werner."There are some valid points and something that many fans have raised during the off-season.At the end of the day, if Jurgen is content with what he has at his disposal and he sees these players on a daily basis, then who are we to argue? View full article
  13. Xherdan Shaqiri has described his personal frustration that he was not able to contribute more during Liverpool’s march to the Premier League title.The popular member of the squad with teammates and fans alike, the Swiss international was somewhat of a forgotten man making just 11 appearances in all competitions throughout the last campaign due to a number of niggling injuries which led to him slipping down the playing ranks when he returned to full fitness.Often linked to with a move away to clubs in the continent, the 28 year-old gave a strong indication to the Official site at the team camp in Austria that he is is willing to stay at the Reds and fight for his place."Always if you are injured or if you are not playing, you're frustrated. “But I'm looking forward to this season and trying to help the team all the time, so I have the chance to play like the first season. The versatile attacking option also signaled the intention of the team to keep up the hunger and strive for more honours.“Everybody is excited to play again and to defend the season we had last season.“It's very difficult but we try to achieve again a lot of things and we want to win a lot of games. "We have the capacity, we have the team who is still hungry and wants to win many titles.”Shaqiri who has experienced title success in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and in Switzerland admitted that this league success with the Reds felt different."Of course it's different in the Premier League than others, and I had the pleasure and I'm very proud of what I achieved in Germany with these two [titles] and I know many countries now. "But with Liverpool, to win the title last season was unbelievable, something different after 30 years for the fans and for us too. "We are really excited and we always want to win every game but we know it's going to also be difficult. The other teams also want to win, so I think it's going to be an exciting season.""I'm trying to give my best too and to help the team to win games, titles – that's the most important thing for me." View full article
  14. Turkish club Fenerbache are leading a long list of clubs in acquiring the services of striker Divock Origi according to reports.The Mirror reports that a number of Premier League clubs including Aston Villa, Newcastle, Brighton and Fulham have registered an interest, but according to Turkish journalist Ekrem Konor, Fenerbache have made direct enquiries with the Reds.The club is said to be open to letting the Belgian striker leave providing the Turkish giants pay a loan fee which will include a obligation to buy clause and Konor said the fee stipulated by Liverpool is around £14 million. Origi has come to the period of his career where some defining decisions have to be made.As someone who has got a contract with the Reds until 2024, the striker who has made 140 appearances in his five seasons at the club is well within his rights to see that out.But he will do so in the knowledge that he will be in the backup role to the current front three and regular first team minutes will be at a premium.Therefore, Origi who is still only 25 may look to greener pastures where having learnt from the best, can take it upon his shoulders to be the leader of the front line.Whatever happens from this moment, Origi will comfortably sit in the category of Liverpool cult heroes having played a major role in getting a undermanned Liverpool side past Barcelona in the iconic Champions League semi final last season and then scoring in the final against Tottenham. View full article
  15. Paul Merson is the latest Football figure casting doubt on whether Liverpool can retain their league title this season.The Reds won their first game of the new season against Leeds, but were made to fight every step of the way against the newly promoted side.That performance carrying over from their lacklusture form to end the last campaign has sparked discussion whether they have the squad depth required to go again.So far Liverpool has only added Greek left back Kostas Tsimikas in the transfer window to date, but Speaking on Sky Sports (via Metro), Merson says more is required “Liverpool could easily drop to fourth.‘You look at the goals Liverpool let in against Leeds: wow. I just think they turned up and thought they would wipe the floor with Leeds. ‘“I think they need to buy someone. “It would not surprise me if the finished fourth this season, and I thought that before this game. ‘It’s the same team, and they have a massive amount of players who have to play every week “Virgil van Dijk cannot get injured. The full-backs cannot get injured. They have not got anyone to replace the front three if they are injured.Merson says in contrast, the Reds chief title rival will be able to cover losses.“If Man City get injuries, they will just play.“We’ll score more goals than you” anyway. “What we’ll see later in the season is teams like Man City come into the fold massively, because their squad is too big. “That’s why I worry about Liverpool, there’s five or six players who must play week in, week out, otherwise the team is weakened immensely.’Merson’s comments follow on the back on former Reds striker Peter Crouch saying that he noticed a bit complacency of late.Crouch is certainly not as pessimistic as Merson when it comes to the fortunes of Liverpool this season, but says some new faces would help their prospects.“Liverpool are still my idea of champions and their squad is fantastic but there are always areas that need some investment.“I looked at the defence against Leeds. They have got three great players in Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip but I believe they could do with another addition there, as I wouldn't want to see Fabinho used as the fourth-choice central defender.“Look at the second goal they conceded, to Patrick Bamford. It was a rare mistake by Van Dijk that had a hint of complacency about it. Does he make the same mistake if Liverpool have signed a central defender this summer and pressure is being applied to his place? “Competition raises your standards by an extra one or two per cent."Crouch also believes that the front line may need some tinkering and says his old club missed a trick in not signing the highly rated German talent in Timo Werner.“There are only so many times Mohamed Salah, who bailed out his team, and Sadio Mane can produce heroics. “Adding another midfielder — such as Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara — or back-up striker would be welcomed. I have a feeling they missed a trick not getting Timo Werner."There are some valid points and something that many fans have raised during the off-season.At the end of the day, if Jurgen is content with what he has at his disposal and he sees these players on a daily basis, then who are we to argue?
  16. Turkish club Fenerbache are leading a long list of clubs in acquiring the services of striker Divock Origi according to reports.The Mirror reports that a number of Premier League clubs including Aston Villa, Newcastle, Brighton and Fulham have registered an interest, but according to Turkish journalist Ekrem Konor, Fenerbache have made direct enquiries with the Reds.The club is said to be open to letting the Belgian striker leave providing the Turkish giants pay a loan fee which will include a obligation to buy clause and Konor said the fee stipulated by Liverpool is around £14 million. Origi has come to the period of his career where some defining decisions have to be made.As someone who has got a contract with the Reds until 2024, the striker who has made 140 appearances in his five seasons at the club is well within his rights to see that out.But he will do so in the knowledge that he will be in the backup role to the current front three and regular first team minutes will be at a premium.Therefore, Origi who is still only 25 may look to greener pastures where having learnt from the best, can take it upon his shoulders to be the leader of the front line.Whatever happens from this moment, Origi will comfortably sit in the category of Liverpool cult heroes having played a major role in getting a undermanned Liverpool side past Barcelona in the iconic Champions League semi final last season and then scoring in the final against Tottenham.
  17. Trent Alexander-Arnold says that Liverpool will have to adapt to a new challenge as they prepare to defend their league title.Over the last few seasons, the Reds have been fearless in their desire to take their game to the next level with the list of trophies to their name clear proof of their success.Jurgen Klopp famously coined the phrase ‘mentality monsters’ as a tribute to his squad, and at times seemed almost in awe in their ability to produce elite performances on a consistent basis.Now, having the conquered the Premier League mountain, the inevitable question is whether this squad still has the hunger to ‘go again.’Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports that that the team has to be ready for the challenges that lay ahead."We know that there's now a big target on our backs being the champions and teams are going to be extra motivated when they play us, so we need to match that mentality and take it to the next step."Winning it back-to-back is harder than winning it once.“We need to keep that mentality, that is the main thing that helped us get this far. 'While Liverpool virtually swept all before them during the last campaign, the right back says topping their outstanding 99 point total isn’t their overall goal.“For us it's not about topping the points that we got or scoring more goals, it's about if we can all develop as a team and keep winning." Naturally as Alexander-Arnold has evolved his game and become one of the best attacking right-backs in Europe, so too have opposition tactics in looking to counter his strengths.“Towards the second half of last season, or even the final quarter after everything that happened, I found it a little bit tougher to find the space and have that freedom.“I found myself getting man-marked a few more times in games, which I wasn't used to.“When you pose a threat to the opposition, they look at it and try and stop it from happening In my mind, if that's happened to me it means that I'm doing something right."I can only try and keep doing that. Every season you've got to adapt and change your ways because everyone is improving. You can't stay the same, you've got to keep improving."Alexander-Arnold added to his growing list of personal accolades this week when he deservedly picked up the Premier League Young Player of the season.He had some sage advice for the next generation of Footballers looking to emulate himself.“I'd say don't get fixated on other players."At that age it's all about development - you can't get attached on other players and what they're doing and what they're achieving at a different age."
  18. Trent Alexander-Arnold says that Liverpool will have to adapt to a new challenge as they prepare to defend their league title.Over the last few seasons, the Reds have been fearless in their desire to take their game to the next level with the list of trophies to their name clear proof of their success.Jurgen Klopp famously coined the phrase ‘mentality monsters’ as a tribute to his squad, and at times seemed almost in awe in their ability to produce elite performances on a consistent basis.Now, having the conquered the Premier League mountain, the inevitable question is whether this squad still has the hunger to ‘go again.’Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports that that the team has to be ready for the challenges that lay ahead."We know that there's now a big target on our backs being the champions and teams are going to be extra motivated when they play us, so we need to match that mentality and take it to the next step."Winning it back-to-back is harder than winning it once.“We need to keep that mentality, that is the main thing that helped us get this far. 'While Liverpool virtually swept all before them during the last campaign, the right back says topping their outstanding 99 point total isn’t their overall goal.“For us it's not about topping the points that we got or scoring more goals, it's about if we can all develop as a team and keep winning." Naturally as Alexander-Arnold has evolved his game and become one of the best attacking right-backs in Europe, so too have opposition tactics in looking to counter his strengths.“Towards the second half of last season, or even the final quarter after everything that happened, I found it a little bit tougher to find the space and have that freedom.“I found myself getting man-marked a few more times in games, which I wasn't used to.“When you pose a threat to the opposition, they look at it and try and stop it from happening In my mind, if that's happened to me it means that I'm doing something right."I can only try and keep doing that. Every season you've got to adapt and change your ways because everyone is improving. You can't stay the same, you've got to keep improving."Alexander-Arnold added to his growing list of personal accolades this week when he deservedly picked up the Premier League Young Player of the season.He had some sage advice for the next generation of Footballers looking to emulate himself.“I'd say don't get fixated on other players."At that age it's all about development - you can't get attached on other players and what they're doing and what they're achieving at a different age." View full article
  19. Gini Wijnaldum is said to be very happy at Liverpool and more than open to extending with stay with the Premier League champions for the long term.While Liverpool have been quiet on the transfer front this summer only bringing in Kostas Tsimikas, fans could be excused for a feeling of Groundhog Day with the regular links to Thiago but seemingly no deal close to fruition.The continued speculation regarding the Spaniard who has compiled an outstanding resume at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has been seen as an indication that Wijnaldum will be sacrificed as Jurgen Klopp has reportedly been told that he has to sell before he can buyAdding to that fact is the Dutchman only has a year to run on his current deal and to this point has not yet signed an extension.The midfielder has being heavily linked to Barcelona and link up with his former international manager Ronald Koeman who has taken over the extremely hot seat at the Catalan giants.Koeman sees Wijnaldum as a key piece to the rebuild that Barcelona need to undertake.However the Metro (via The Telegraph) has thrown doubt onto any proposed deal as they report that Gini hopes to stay at the club and sign a new contract. The report continues to state that the hold-up in negations is believed to be over the length of the deal that Liverpool are offering Wijnaldum. Barcelona are willing to hand him an initial three-year deal with the option of a further 12 months to take him to his 34th birthday.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faces a extremely delicate balancing act. He has made no secret about his admiration for Thiago as a player.However, Wijnaldum is someone that the manager has total faith in whatever role that he is asked to fulfil.Whenever a big league game or a clash in Europe is on the horizon, you can virtually guarantee Wijnaldum’s name will be in the starting lineup and he is a much respected voice in the changeroom.While the start of the season is on the horizon, you sense this saga has a little while to play out yet.
  20. Kostas Tsimikas spoke of his delight of making his debut for Liverpool in their pre-season clash against Stuttgart on Saturday.The summer signing from Olympiakos played the second half of the 3-0 victory against the Bundesliga side.The Reds won the clash on a water sodden pitch courtesy of goals by Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Rhian Brewster and speaking to the Official site after the match, the left-back said this is just the beginning, “I feel very good, I’m very happy I did my debut.“Now I want to work more and to play more often in the league games. I want to be ready for everything.”While these games are seen to some as brushing out the cobwebs ahead of the season, the Greek international said it has a level of importance attached.“The friendly games are difficult. “First of all we have to be fit, that’s why I tried to run a lot first of all; to show a good image and play hard. “And the result is the most important [thing], even in the friendly games and the competitive games.“We’ll keep this and we want to be ready for the [Community Shield] final on the 29th.” The performance of Tsimikas was hailed by Jurgen Klopp after the game but said he is the still in the learning phase of the Liverpool structure.“Good, good. He is a pretty quick player and pretty confident, how you will hear in his [post-match] interview, but he is a good player – a really good player – and he did well. “The next challenge for him is now to get used to our defending and things. It will take time, no doubt, but when he has the ball it looks not so bad.The 24 year-old said his introduction to his Liverpool career in a training sense has been a good challenge.“The sessions have been really hard. But I have to try a lot to work hard and be ready.“Every player made me a warm welcome. They helped me a lot to do my best on the pitch, to give everything. And all together we hope for the best.”. View full article
  21. Kostas Tsimikas spoke of his delight of making his debut for Liverpool in their pre-season clash against Stuttgart on Saturday.The summer signing from Olympiakos played the second half of the 3-0 victory against the Bundesliga side.The Reds won the clash on a water sodden pitch courtesy of goals by Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Rhian Brewster and speaking to the Official site after the match, the left-back said this is just the beginning, “I feel very good, I’m very happy I did my debut.“Now I want to work more and to play more often in the league games. I want to be ready for everything.”While these games are seen to some as brushing out the cobwebs ahead of the season, the Greek international said it has a level of importance attached.“The friendly games are difficult. “First of all we have to be fit, that’s why I tried to run a lot first of all; to show a good image and play hard. “And the result is the most important [thing], even in the friendly games and the competitive games.“We’ll keep this and we want to be ready for the [Community Shield] final on the 29th.” The performance of Tsimikas was hailed by Jurgen Klopp after the game but said he is the still in the learning phase of the Liverpool structure.“Good, good. He is a pretty quick player and pretty confident, how you will hear in his [post-match] interview, but he is a good player – a really good player – and he did well. “The next challenge for him is now to get used to our defending and things. It will take time, no doubt, but when he has the ball it looks not so bad.The 24 year-old said his introduction to his Liverpool career in a training sense has been a good challenge.“The sessions have been really hard. But I have to try a lot to work hard and be ready.“Every player made me a warm welcome. They helped me a lot to do my best on the pitch, to give everything. And all together we hope for the best.”.
  22. Hertha Berlin are leading the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic according to reports.The Serbian international has spent the last two seasons on loan at the Bundesliga club, but the Reds have given every indication that they are willing to cash in on the 23 year-old during this transfer window. While being in the box seat to hold on to Grujic, Hertha have indicated they are keen for another loan spell with a obligation to buy next summer, something that Liverpool are not interested in.The report from Goal states that a number of clubs are also hovering if the two teams cannot come to a permanent agreement.Bundesliga rivals Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach are also said to be keen while impressive Italian outfit Atalanta have also said to have made enquiries.Closer to home and Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have shown an interest with the South London club reportedly making contact with Grujic’s agent. The defensive midfielder has all the physical attributes in that position, but he has a knack of picking up injuries at the most inopportune of times.When he has been fit, he has impressed with his one-time manager and Hertha legend Pal Dárdai saying this about him.“I've been at Hertha for 22 years.“This isn't meant as an insult to anyone else, but Marko is by far the best midfielder I've seen in my time at the club.“I was a defensive midfielder and managed to score 17 goals, which isn't bad.“But Marko carries much more of a goal threat, he's got a sensational shot on him and is much better than I was [...] He can play anywhere in midfield.“He's got so much potential, and you can see that out on the pitch. He's so robust in the middle of the park, but he can still play. “He's good in the air, he wins tackles and has got such a strong desire to win. I can only say: 'respect'. Grujic is currently in Austria with the Reds and could well make a appearance in their first pre-season outing against Stuttgart this afternoon.Speaking in January, the first signing of the Klopp revolution in 2016, admitted that he was realistic about his prospects of breaking into star-studded Liverpool lineup.“I know it’s going to be tough.“I’m not stupid, I know that Liverpool right now are an unbelievable team, the best team in the world. “So, I know that I have to be at a very high level if I want to have a chance. “Next season, who knows, hopefully I am ready to jump up with the team. “That is what I hope for.”
  23. Hertha Berlin are leading the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic according to reports.The Serbian international has spent the last two seasons on loan at the Bundesliga club, but the Reds have given every indication that they are willing to cash in on the 23 year-old during this transfer window. While being in the box seat to hold on to Grujic, Hertha have indicated they are keen for another loan spell with a obligation to buy next summer, something that Liverpool are not interested in.The report from Goal states that a number of clubs are also hovering if the two teams cannot come to a permanent agreement.Bundesliga rivals Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach are also said to be keen while impressive Italian outfit Atalanta have also said to have made enquiries.Closer to home and Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have shown an interest with the South London club reportedly making contact with Grujic’s agent. The defensive midfielder has all the physical attributes in that position, but he has a knack of picking up injuries at the most inopportune of times.When he has been fit, he has impressed with his one-time manager and Hertha legend Pal Dárdai saying this about him.“I've been at Hertha for 22 years.“This isn't meant as an insult to anyone else, but Marko is by far the best midfielder I've seen in my time at the club.“I was a defensive midfielder and managed to score 17 goals, which isn't bad.“But Marko carries much more of a goal threat, he's got a sensational shot on him and is much better than I was [...] He can play anywhere in midfield.“He's got so much potential, and you can see that out on the pitch. He's so robust in the middle of the park, but he can still play. “He's good in the air, he wins tackles and has got such a strong desire to win. I can only say: 'respect'. Grujic is currently in Austria with the Reds and could well make a appearance in their first pre-season outing against Stuttgart this afternoon.Speaking in January, the first signing of the Klopp revolution in 2016, admitted that he was realistic about his prospects of breaking into star-studded Liverpool lineup.“I know it’s going to be tough.“I’m not stupid, I know that Liverpool right now are an unbelievable team, the best team in the world. “So, I know that I have to be at a very high level if I want to have a chance. “Next season, who knows, hopefully I am ready to jump up with the team. “That is what I hope for.” View full article
  24. Rhian Brewster has made his intentions known that he sees his long term future as a Liverpool player.While some of their rivals are completing their European commitments from the 2019/20 season, the Reds are looking ahead as they started their pre-season camp in Austria.With minutes at an absolute premium at the Reds, the club made a wise call to send the talented striker on loan to Swansea for the second half of the season and the youngster made the most of consistent playing time scoring 11 goals in 22 appearances at the Swans under his England youth international coach Steve Cooper.There had been speculation whether the move would be extended into this season or even made permanent, but speaking at the camp Brewster stated what his main goal is per The Echo. “Of course I want to be at Liverpool next season, be fighting for a spot to play. Who is not going to want to play at the home of the champions? “Of course you're not really wanting to go on loan but if that's the best thing for me to do in that situation, so I'm going to get more gametime then that's what I'm going to do."But realistically, I want to play at Liverpool, I want to be 'the striker'."With the inconsistent form of Divock Origi during the past season which has led to rumours linking him with an move away from the club, Brewster knows he has an ideal opportunity to stake his claim.“I'm just going to go to Evian and work hard and do what I can. And whatever the boss says I need to do, I'm going to accept - whether I stay, whether I go back on loan."If the loan option does arise again, Cooper says Swansea will be at the head of the queue for his services.“If a loan is in Liverpool’s plans for Rhian again we want to be right in there for him."I know he’s loved already by the supporters and that’s mutual. He’s very well liked around the football club."He’s not just a good player – he’s a really good lad. View full article
  25. Neco Williams has spoken about his true joy in signing a long term deal with Liverpool.The academy graduate made major strides in during the past campaign making eleven appearances in all competitions which three straight league starts to end the season.The Welsh youth international has gone a long way in cementing his role as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s understudy and after signing on the dotted line told the Official site that this is just the beginning.“It feels amazing. "At the minute for me, I think there is no better place to learn and to become a better player than being here and working with the lads. “I think we’ve got some of the best players in the world and we’re one of the best teams in the world, so I think for me personally, especially learning off Trent and Robbo every day, getting their advice, seeing what they say, it’s only going to make me a better player.“In training I am learning from what they are doing, they are giving me advice on what to do attacking-wise and defensively. I am learning massively – there is no better place to be at the moment. Williams is certainly not content with making the senior squad, and says that he wants to keep Alexander-Arnold on his toes. “My aim at the moment is to try to close the gap between me and Trent and give the boss a decision to think about and give him a bit of a headache, but I know I have got a long way to go. “I am only 19, I am learning and my aim is to keep working hard, to stay humble and hopefully this season I will keep getting the games in and the game time. That will only make me a better player.With all the progress and acclaim that has come the way of Williams of late, you could understand that the youngster would let it all go to his head.However it has not changed his mindset one bit. “Off the pitch, yes, it has changed, but I am still the lad I was two years ago, I am still exactly the same person. "I am still humble and I know where I come from. "Being with the senior squad now, out of football life does change a bit because you’re a role model to people now, so it is a bit different with fans coming up to you and wanting pictures and stuff like that. “It is always a good experience for me when I come here and I learn things. Now I just think I’ve just got to keep working hard, keep doing what I have been doing and hopefully then I will have a good career.Jürgen Klopp was understandably delighted with the signature and said the work ethic of Williams has been clear from day one.“Great news. Great news for him, great news for us.“I think Neco is – how young players are – they are kind of ‘projects’. I don’t want to use that word, but with my English I don’t have a better one. “There is a lot of work to do, but there is already a lot of skills and potential there and that makes it so exciting.“Neco from the first day he trained with us, he trained like a machine. "Every day he became better and better and better and I thought, ‘OK, what’s that?!’ Unfortunately then, in the moment he started playing for us, I saw it, he got a little physical knock, like it was always really intense all of the time. "But then he had to play.“The last game of the season against Newcastle is a really good example – first half, struggled slightly, [but] second half he was there.“That’s exactly him in the moment and there is so much positivity about this kid that I am really happy we have him here. “That’s very important for me because he is our boy and it is the perfect place for him in the moment because we don’t rush his career.”
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