Only two Liverpool players would get in Manchester City’s team, claims Danny Murphy

Jurgen Klopp will be leading Liverpool’s title challenge this season. (Getty Images)Only two Liverpool players would get in Manchester City’s strongest starting line-up, according to Danny Murphy.

Pep Guardiola’s side are favourites to retain their title this season but Liverpool are looking to close the gap after significantly strengthening in the summer.

Jurgen Klopp has spent £65 million on signing Alisson as his new first-choice goalkeeper, while Fabinho and Naby Keita have arrived to strengthen the midfield.

In attack, Xherdan Shaqiri was signed from Stoke City to give Klopp another option to his sublime trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

But Murphy, who made nearly 250 appearances for Liverpool, believes only Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk would get in City’s best team.

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‘Fabinho, Keita, Alisson are all good players and they give Liverpool strength in depth and competition for places, which does increase performance, but would any of those players get in City’s team?’ Murphy told talkSPORT.

‘Salah and Van Dijk would get in City’s team. Other than that, probably no others [would get in].

‘You can’t base your transfer policy on buying better players than City have. It is nearly impossible. You can’t buy a better player than [Kevin] De Bruyne in midfield, so you have to compete in a different way.

Virgil van Dijk will be a key part of Liverpool’s defence. (Getty Images)‘What I like that Klopp has done is he has signed quality where he has needed it – the middle of the park they were lacking – there is great competition for places and he did it early.

‘Shaqiri is a good ‘un as well. That is not bad business the money they have spent there. He had a good World Cup and he will create competition for places.

‘Liverpool have done really well and will bridge the gap with City.’

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Jurgen Klopp issues promising team news ahead of Liverpool’s opener against West Ham

Roberto Firmino joined up with Liverpool’s training camp in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Getty Images)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is optimistic that both Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold will be ready to play in their opening Premier League fixture against West Ham on August 12.

Both Firmino and Alexander-Arnold returned to train with the rest of the squad this week after being given extended time off following their involvement in the World Cup knockout stages.

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Firmino was involved in Brazil’s run to the quarter-finals while Alexander-Arnold as a part of England’s progress to the semi-finals.

The pair are expected to feature in Liverpool’s penultimate pre-season friendly against Napoli on Saturday, and Klopp feels both will be back up to full fitness in time to face the Hammers at Anfield next week.

When asked about Firmino’s availability, Klopp told reporters: ‘It’s good to have him here, he looks in good shape, and if possible we will see [if he can play against Napoli].

‘Training for the outfield players is obviously different than for the goalies, but we want to see him as well against Napoli. We will see for how long.

‘When we start against West Ham, he will have had then two weeks after three weeks off, it should be possible but we will see until then.

Jurgen Klopp welcomes Alexander-Arnold back in the only way he knows how (Getty Images)‘In the moment he looks good, his programme is obviously pretty different. He is part of most of the sessions when the boys do something different that is not the highest intensity, so then he needs to do a little bit more, like Trent will do now.

‘Step by step, they are all coming back and it’s the best news.’

Roberto Firmino speaks out on ‘rival’ Fred joining Manchester United

Fred (left) and Roberto Firmino (right) are both in Brazil’s squad for the World Cup (Picture: Getty)Roberto Firmino has claimed Brazil team-mate Fred is now his ‘rival’ following the midfielder’s move to Manchester United.

Fred, 25, was announced as United’s first signing of the summer earlier this week in deal which is understood to have cost Jose Mourinho’s side around £52million.

Neymar and several other members of Brazil’s squad were seen congratulating Fred on the move at Tottenham’s training ground as Tite’s men prepared for their World Cup warm-up match with Austria.

Firmino has revealed he passed on his best wishes to Fred but warned that national allegiances will be put to one side when Liverpool face United next season.

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‘He’s is in the next room to me, he is my next rival but I congratulated him and I hope he has a lot of success playing at Manchester United,’ the Liverpool forward said.

‘Now on the pitch it’s a derby, we won’t be able to avoid playing against each other but I wish him great success.’

Manchester United have sealed a £52m deal for Fred (Picture: Getty)

Roberto Firmino wants Alisson to join him on Merseyside (Picture: Getty)Firmino admits that he’s been trying to persuade Brazil and Roma goalkeeper Alisson to join Liverpool.

‘Sometimes I talk to him about it and have a joke with him, saying “you should come to Liverpool”,’ Firmino explained.

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‘He has asked me about Liverpool and I hope he will come here, but I know he has other proposals.

‘His agent is sorting his future but it wouldn’t be a bad thing to have him here at Liverpool.

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Roberto Firmino calls Sergio Ramos an ‘idiot’ for lashing out at Mohamed Salah and Loris Karius

Sergio Ramos aimed a dig at Liverpool and Roberto Firmino this week (Picture: EPA)Roberto Firmino has branded Sergio Ramos an ‘idiot’ for hitting out at Liverpool duo Loris Karius and Mohamed Salah.

The Real Madrid defender has been blamed by Liverpool fans for Salah’s injury and the concussion Karius suffered during the Champions League final.

Ramos slammed his critics after the final and insisted he was being targeted for no reason, because Salah could have played on if he really wanted to.

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‘I am only missing Roberto Firmino saying he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him,’ he said.

The comments enraged Liverpool fans, but Firmino refused to be drawn into a war of words with Ramos.

However, the Brazil forward did admit he thought Ramos’ comments made him look like an idiot.

Sergio Ramos was blamed for hurting Mohamed Salah (Picture: EPA)

(Picture: AP)He said: ‘I prefer not to make any comments, I think he has a view because he was the champion but I thought he was an idiot for what he said but that’s okay.’

The announcement of Karius’ concussion has garnered a mixed response from football fans, with some accepting the injury could have contributed to the goalkeeper’s blunders against Real, while others accusing Liverpool of looking for an excuse.

Ramos insists Salah could have played on and grabbed him first (Picture: Getty)

Firmino was not impressed with Ramos’ comments (Picture: Action Images via Reuters)Salah is set to throw off his own injury concerns this summer and will feature for Egypt in the World Cup.

The goalscorer is in a race against time to be fit in time for Egypt’s first group game against Uruguay, but should play against Russia on June 19.

The World Cup kicks off next Thursday as the hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia in Moscow.

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Roberto Firmino talking to Liverpool transfer target Alisson Becker over Anfield move

Roberto Firmino and Alisson clashed in last season’s Champions League semi final (Picture: Getty)Roberto Firmino has revealed Roma goalkeeper Alisson has asked him about the possibility of joining Liverpool this summer.

The Roma star has a emerged as leading candidate to solve Jurgen Klopp’s goalkeeping conundrum with the German having alternated between Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius last season.

Karius had shown significant improvement before his Champions League final nightmare, where his two spectacular errors gifted Real Madrid a 3-1 victory in Kiev.

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Roma are demanding a fee in the region of £79million for the 25-year-old and Firmino hopes his compatriot completes a move to Anfield after the World Cup at which they will both be involved.

‘He [Alisson] has asked me about Liverpool and I hope he will come here, but I know he has other proposals,’ Firmino said.

Alisson, who joined Roma in 2016 has also been linked with the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.

Loris Karius made two dreadful errors in last month’s Champions League final (Picture: Getty)

Fabinho spoke with Roberto Firmino before his move to Liverpool from Monaco (Picture: Getty)Firmino, meanwhile, also played a key role in persuading Fabinho, who joined the Reds from Monaco in s £39m deal last month, to join him at Anfield.

Fabinho said: ‘We spoke a bit more about the infrastructure of the club, the city and we also spoke about the coaches and how they do their work so I was able to know a bit more about Liverpool through Firmino.

‘I had been with him at the Brazilian national team on a few occasions. I know he’s a fantastic person, his background is from nice people.

‘He is also very good for someone who comes to a new country, a new city – someone who speaks the same language. This will of course make the adaptation much easier.’

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Liverpool fans think Roberto Firmino working to convince Alisson Becker to sign for Reds

Roberto Firmino has linked up with the Brazil national squad (Picture: Reuters)Liverpool fans are convinced Roberto Firmino is working to convince Roma star Alisson Becker to sign for the Reds.

It was revealed this week that Firmino was instrumental in luring Fabinho to Anfield, with the former Monaco midfielder admitting speaking to the Liverpool forward helped seal the deal.

Firmino and Fabinho are both Brazilian and the new £46.3million transfer recruit confirmed he has been following the Reds since his fellow countryman joined the club 2015.

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Fabinho said: ‘We spoke a bit more about the infrastructure of the club, the city and we also spoke about the coaches and how they do their work so I was able to know a bit more about Liverpool through Firmino.

‘I had been with him at the Brazilian national team on a few occasions. I know he’s a fantastic person, his background is from nice people.

‘He is also very good for someone who comes to a new country, a new city – someone who speaks the same language. This will of course make the adaptation much easier.’

Firmino helped convince Fabinho to sign for Liverpool (Picture: Reuters)

(Picture: Getty)And with Fabinho now a Liverpool player, supporters believe Firmino is working on sealing another mega-signing for his club.

Goalkeeper Alisson has been consistently linked with a switch to Liverpool, and specualtion has intensified since Loris Karius endured a nightmare performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

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Goalkeeper Alisson Becker could be Liverpool’s next target (Picture: Reuters)Roma do not want to sell Alisson, and it seems the stopper would need to force through a transfer if he wants to leave.

Firmino linked up with the Brazil national team this week ahead of the World Cup, and Liverpool fans could not help but get excited by pictures of their attacker with Alisson.

Bobby Firmino *clap clap clap clap clap* signing Fabinho ** goes for Alisson ** with teeth that glisten **
— zach chernitzer (@zachernitzer) May 29, 2018

Is Firmino getting commission for signings? First Fabinho, now his aim is to get Alisson to sign 😂
— Josh (@MakeUsDreamLFC5) May 29, 2018

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Allez, Allez, Allez song lyrics: The words to Liverpool’s crowd chant

‘We’ve conquered all of Europe.

‘We’re never gonna stop.

‘From Paris down to Turkey.

‘We’ve won the f***ing lot.

‘Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly.

‘The fields of Anfield Road.

‘We are loyal supporters.

‘And we come from Liverpool.

‘Allez, Allez, Allez.’

Thierry Henry claims Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is the Premier League’s most complete striker

Roberto Firmino is the most complete striker in England, according to Thierry Henry. (PA Wire)Thierry Henry claims Roberto Firmino is the Premier League’s most complete striker ahead of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.

The Brazil international has spearheaded Liverpool’s attack this season and has scored 26 goals in all competitions with the Champions League final still to play.

Mohamed Salah has received the majority of the plaudits for his impressive debut season at Anfield, but Henry believes his Liverpool teammate should also be held in high regard.

‘His movement, his work-rate, the way he makes the two central defenders move to allow Mo Salah to make those runs,’ Henry told Sky Sports.

‘Firmino is the most complete striker in the league.

Firmino has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season. (EPA)

PREMIER LEAGUE TOP SCORERS 2017-18

1. Mohamed Salah | 32 goals

2. Harry Kane | 30 goals

3. Sergio Aguero | 21 goals

4. Jamie Vardy | 20 goals

5. Raheem Sterling | 18 goals

6. Romelu Lukaku | 16 goals

7. Roberto Firmino | 15 goals

8. Alexandre Lacazette | 14 goals

‘I’m not talking about the best finisher or the best work rate, I’m talking about all round.

‘The most complete in the league.’

Firmino has also been named in Brazil’s 23-man squad for their World Cup campaign this summer.

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Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane break Champions League record held by Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have made Champions League history. (Giuseppe Maffia/UK Sports Pics)Liverpool have reached the Champions League final while Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have overtaken Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to become the competition’s highest-scoring trio in history.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 4-2 by Roma on Wednesday evening but have progressed to the final against Real Madrid with a 7-6 aggregate victory.

Mane opened the scoring for Liverpool in the ninth minute and the Senegal international’s goal secured his place in the Champions League record books.

Real Madrid’s attacking trio of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema scored 28 goals between them in the 2013-14 Champions League season.

But Liverpool’s trident of Salah, Mane and Firmino have overtaken that this term by scoring 29 goals between them so far, including the qualifying stages.

Sadio Mane scored the opener against Rome. (EPA)

Mane, Firmino and Salah have scored 29 goals in the Champions League this season. (Getty Images)

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo scored 28 Champions League goals in 2013-14. (Getty Images)

BEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TRIOS

Salah-Firmino-Mane | Liverpool 2017-18 | Goals: 29Ronaldo-Bale-Benzema | Real Madrid 2013-14 | Goals: 28Messi-Neymar-Suarez | Barcelona 2014 -15 | Goals: 27 

Liverpool’s trio now have the chance to extend their record even further by scoring against Madrid in Kiev later this month.

Barcelona’s attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez did come close to breaking the record held by Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema by scoring 27 goals in the 2014-15 season.

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Jamie Carragher hails Roberto Firmino as the ‘most important player’ at Liverpool

Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino (Picture: EPA)Jamie Carragher has hailed Roberto Firmino as Liverpool’s ‘most important player’.

The Brazil forward is enjoying another superb season at Anfield with his 27 goals helping the Reds progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

Firmino recently put pen to paper on a new five-year deal worth £180,000-a-week, but his performances have often been overshadowed by the sensational Mohamed Salah.

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In his debut season at Liverpool, the Egyptian has scored over 40 goals, winning the PFA Player of the Year award and leading the Golden Boot race.

Despite Salah’s heroics, Carragher says it is Firmino who is Jurgen Klopp’s most influential player as he sets the tone for the rest of the team.

‘I love Firmino, he’s probably my favourite player,’ Carragher told Goal. ‘What Salah is doing is “wow” but I love watching Firmino play.

Carragher is a huge admirer of Brazil international Firmino (Picture: Getty)‘His touch, the way he links the play, his strength, his working back. And I can’t believe that some people still say we need a centre-forward!

‘I hear pundits on TV saying it and it’s like, “Oh my god!” He’s got 27 goals! And he’s not just a penalty-box striker. He doesn’t take loads of penalties.

‘It’s because of Messi, Ronaldo, Salah now. They’ve changed the way people look at strikers and their numbers. But that’s not normal, what they’re doing!

‘If you’ve got an attacking player getting 25 goals, and doing everything Firmino does besides, then you’ve got a great player.

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‘I think he’s arguably Klopp’s most important player, for how we press, what we do. He’s just brilliant.’

Carragher, who made over 700 appearances for Liverpool in almost two decades at the club, also heaped praise on Klopp ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg clash against Roma.

Klopp inspired an impressive 5-2 victory over the Italians in the first leg at Anfield and Carragher insists he is a ‘special manager’.

‘He gets pigeon-holed. He’s seen as a motivator, he whips the crowd up and the players run round like headless chickens for him. It’s a load of nonsense,’ the former England star added.

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‘You don’t manage at that level, with different clubs, and get the performances he gets, without being a special manager.

‘Of course a big part of it is his character, his enthusiasm. You’d imagine the players love him, and that is rare. You may respect your manager, but I think these players respect him and they love him.’

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