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Derby County 0-3 Liverpool: Player ratings

Loris Karius 7.5

Karius made his Liverpool debut and looked a very confident goalkeeper. He had a couple of dodgy moments with his feet at times but nothing overly concerning, the German bailed out Henderson’s poor error when Karius was quick out of his area to clear the danger. Constantly on his toes and with our high pressing game he could be the goalkeeper we need.

Karius could of put himself in contention for the game with Hull after a good game here.

Karius could of put himself in contention for the game with Hull after a good game here.

Nathaniel Clyne 7.3

Clyne never really seems to get a rest, he plays nearly every game and is always consistent. We are so thin in this area it’s unreal but we only play a game a week this overall this season so its not a massive concern. Clyne got forward well and helped out in attacks as he normally does but his end product on the final ball could improve at times.

Joel Matip 7.2

Matip put in another really composed game tonight and looked so dominant whenever Derby got forward. That’s four good performances in a row now and if he continues he could prove to be bargain of the summer as he arrived on a free transfer. Looks good with any partner to, tonight he played with Klaven and he has also played next to Lucas and Lovren in recent games with Matip impressing in all of them.

Ragnar Klaven 7.3

Klaven made his comeback from a small injury tonight and performances like this will continue to push Mamadou Sakho further down the pecking order. Got his first goal for Liverpool with a neat finish where he had to sort his feet out and he looked comfortable at the back all game.

Klaven scored his first goal for Liverpool with a neat finish

Klaven scored his first goal for Liverpool with a neat finish

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Predicted starting eleven for EFL third round tie with Derby

Goalkeeper

Loris Karius

This is certain to happen, as Klopp has already stated Karius will make his debut later on. A cup game is the right moment to throw in Karius without too much pressure on him. Joel Matip made his debut in the EFL cup tie against Burton Albion and has started every game since then so Karius needs a good solid game here to really put the pressure on Simon Mignolet.

Defence

National Clyne

Clyne seems to start every game for Liverpool and so rarely misses a game. We are so thin in this area that Clyne can’t be rested too many times at all. Our back up right back options are youngsters Conor Randall and Trent Alexandre Arnold so we are very thin in this area so I expect Clyne to start again.

Lucas Leiva

Klopp may choose to rest first choice centre back pairing Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren for this cup game and give other players a chance. Lovren has only just recovered from an eye injury and Matip iis only just reaching full match fitness. There is a case for Mamadou Sakho  to start this game but he isn’t fully match fit yet so I expect Lucas to get the nod.

Ragnar Klaven

Klaven started our first two league games of the season but since then Joel Matip has replaced him as most people expected. Klaven picked up a injury on the recent international break for Estonia and this is why he hasn’t featured on the bench either.

Alberto Moreno

James Milner has replaced Moreno as our starting left back but is now 32 years old so he could do with a deserved rest. This offers a big opportunity to the much maligned Spanish fullback to prove to Klopp he can improve defensively and grow into the role.

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Daniel Sturridge’s performance against Leicester causes selection headache for Klopp

Daniel Sturridge produced a scintillating performance against Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday night, the kind that showed he can and is adapting to Klopp’s high tempo style of play.

Sturridge had a scintillating game against Leicester

Sturridge had a scintillating game against Leicester

There has been much criticism of Daniel Sturridge not suiting Klopp’ style of play and there is a fair point as there was a time when he really didn’t look like he was willing to run for the team. Much has also been written about Klopp’s relationship with Sturridge after Divock Origi came on of the bench before Sturridge in the 1-1 draw with Spurs before the international break, thus people saying that Sturridge has been relegated to third choice striker even though he is our best striker that we have.

Much was made of Sturridge's reaction when Origi came on of the bench before him

Much was made of Sturridge’s reaction when Origi came on of the bench before him

When Klopp named Sturridge in the starting line up to face Leicester for the grand opening of the new and impressive stand at Anfield it raised a few eyebrows after what has been written by many newspapers and media outlets about Klopp and Sturridge’s so called ‘relationship’. To Liverpool fans we were not surprised to see Sturridge back in the starting line up as simply put he is our best striker and finisher, this Klopp surely knows regardless of what is being written and simply isn’t true.

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Transfer rumours: West Brom ‘express interest’ in Liverpool striker Christian Benteke

Is a exit on the cards for Christian Benteke?

Is a exit on the cards for Christian Benteke?

West Brom could offer Liverpool striker Christian Benteke an escape route this summer, with West Brom boss Tony Pulis said to hold an interest in the Belgium.

Benteke looks certain to leave Liverpool this summer after struggling to fit in under Jurgen Klopp and falling behind Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and even midfielder Roberto Fermino in the pecking order to play up front.

With Danny Ings set to return in pre-season he’s expected to jump ahead of Benteke in the pecking order as well. So Benteke is on the fringes of the Reds team and as one of the biggest earners in the side Klopp is expected to move him on this summer.

Tony Pulis is set to fund a move for the 25 year old Belgium by selling Saido Berahino, who is valued at around 22 million and has been linked with Tottenham and Stoke City.

Berahino was left on the fringes of the West Brom squad earlier in the season due to his attitude but he has recently been getting back into the side but many think this is so other teams won’t be put off to sign him.

The Englishman is a off the shoulder striker and doesn’t really suit Tony Pulis style of play and has struggled to make a impression this season even when he has played. Pulis prefers to utilise stron, lone centre forward which Benteke, like current West Brom strikers Saloman Rondon and former Red Rickie Lambert, would fit perfectly.

Benteke proved during his time at Aston Villa that he is utilised best in a team that play with more of a direct approach to the game. Having scored 49 goals in 101 games for Villa Benteke was a success in similar direct approach that both teams like to play.

Benteke is expected to play our remaining games in the Premier League when he returns to full fitness but only due to the injury to Divock Origi. The Belgiums last start came in February’s FA Cup fourth round loss to West Ham.

Benteke told reporters during a international break that he would never have signed if he wasn’t going to be first choice.

West Brom will face a fight to sign the Big Belgium though as Juventus, Atletico Madrid and West Ham have all been heavily linked and whether West Brom will pay half of the 32million fee Liverpool paid for him is another question.

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Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund(5-4 Liverpool agg) – One of the greatest European games in history as Liverpool perform heroic comeback

Mignolet – 7.1

Mignolet could not do anything for any of the goals, but made a great save to deny Augabamayang but the ball fell to Mkhitiaryan for a tap in. Composed throughout the night as he keeps up his steady performances recently.

Nathaniel Clyne – 6.7

Clyne was up against one of the best wingers in the world in Marco Reus and struggled to deal with Reus’s runs at times in the game, as proved when he was out of position for Reus to make the score 3-1 after Hummel’s great pass. Grew into the game though and was a good outlet on the right hand side.

Mamadou Sakho – 7.2

A dreadful start to the game for both central defenders as Dortmund took a early 2-0 lead, Sakho was extremely out of position for Dormund’s second goal as he couldn’t intercept the pass, but he made a heroic tackle to deny Augabamayang from scoring and making it 3-0. Showed great guts to carry on going through the game and made some crucial interceptions and tackles, as well as making the score 3-3 on the night after drifting into acres of space in the Dortmund penalty box but he took his header well and kept it low, really becoming a Kop fan favourite right now.

Sakho celebrates leveling the game on the night

Sakho celebrates leveling the game on the night

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Liverpool 4-1 Stoke City: Player ratings – Reds run riot as Klopp rings the changes

Simon Mignolet – 7.3

Mignolet has looked a lot more assured recently and put in another good display here. Couldn’t do anything for the goal but did make one outstanding save to prevent another set play goal to be conceded.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7.0

Clyne had another good performance and has become a beacon of consistency for Liverpool this season. Defended solidly and provided a good outlet down the right.

Martin Skrtel – 6.6

A much more assured performance from the Slovakian international after his shambolic display against Southampton the last time he played. Gave away the free kick which lead to Stoke’s equaliser, but this was a much better performance from Skrtel.

Kolo Toure – 6.5

Had a couple of shaky moments at the back but overall had a good game. Toure has had a good season and whenever he has had the chance to step up he has put in good performances consistently.

Alberto Moreno – 8.1

Moreno’s good form continues as he was solid defensively all game and scored a cracker of a goal, which has been coming for him this season. Provided a great asset down the left hand side and was always running the flank.

Moreno celebrates his goal vs Stoke

Moreno celebrates his goal vs Stoke

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Transfer News: Red clinch signings of Remy, Origi and Javier Manquillo..and plan further spending

RemyLiverpool look set to wrap up deals for QPR striker Loic Remy, Lille’s highly rated young striker Divock Origi and Atletico Madrid’s upcoming full-back Javier Manquillo.

Loic Remy has passed a medical in Boston on Wednesday and has agreed personal terms on a 4 year contract.

Remy is seen as a real bargain buy as he cost Liverpool just 8.5million to sign from QPR, having scored 14 goals during a loan spell at Newcastle.

Divock Origi is seen as a future star after impressing for Belgium at the World Cup, starting ahead of Chelsea striker Lukaku. Origi will cost Liverpool 10million and they could potentially loan him back to Lille for a season.

Liverpool are also close to wrapping up a deal for Aletico Madrid’s left-back Javier Manquillo, with this deal being a 2-year loan period with an option to buy for 5million at the end of the loan spell.

Liverpool have already signed 4 players this summer, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert from Southampton, rising star Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and talented winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica for a combined 60million, potentially increasing to 80million if the Reds wrap up the triple deal.

Liverpool are not set to stop there either though with Liverpool targeting Southampton defender Dejan Lovren, with a potential 20million deal getting closer to completion.

Liverpool are also in the market for a left-back with the Reds still not giving up on Seville full-back Alberto Moreno, but are willing to move onto other targets in this position.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also in the market for a ‘world-class’ midfielder and has targeted Juventus midfielder Vidal, and are also targeting Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund who could be available for 30million.

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Liverpool line up Markovic and Origi moves

Divock Origi

Divock Origi

With the transfer of Adam Lallana close to completion, Liverpool are lining up further signings, Belgium starlet Divock Origi and Benfica winger Markovic.

Origi is 19-years-old and he has drawn interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, but Liverpool look to wrap up the 6million deal by offering to loan him back to Lille for next season.

Liverpool have watched Origi all season and the Belgium has drawn rave reviews after his performances for Belgium in the World Cup.

Origi seems keen on a Premier League, having admitted it his dream to play in the Premeir League.

As a little boy I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League,’ said Origi, as reported by the Express.

Markovic

Markovic

‘But I’m still young and now I’m in an important tournament so I’m trying to focus on the team. Then my entourage will see with Lille what I will do.’

Liverpool are also interested in Benfica’s winger Lazar Markovic, rated at 25million by the Portuguese side.

Markovic is just 20-years-old and is known for his blistering speed and an eye for goal, and the 20-year-old will give Rodgers lots of options next season as they look to challenge for the Premier League title.

With Liverpool seemingly completed the transfer of Adam Lallana, the Merseyside club are moving onto new targets quickly.

Liverpool also hold a strong interest on Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanchez, who could be part of any potential Suarez deal. As well as Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who recently scored a hat trick for Switzerland at the World Cup.

Lazor Markovic

Divock Origi

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