Liverpool handed double boost as Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk return to training

Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are back in training (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk have returned to full training ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Huddersfield.

Both Salah and Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester City but sustained injuries while on international duty for Egypt and the Netherlands respectively.

Salah suffered a muscle problem during Egypt’s defeat of Swaziland while Van Dijk picked up a rib injury in the Netherlands’ victory over Germany.

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While both were doubts for this weekend’s trip to Huddersfield, Jurgen Klopp has been handed a major boost as the pair took part in full training on Thursday.

Sadio Mane could also be in contention after having surgery on his hand problem, but Naby Keita is expected to miss the match.

Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Huddersfield this weekend (Picture: Getty)Klopp may be tempted to risk Mane but Daniel Sturridge’s tremendous form will likely see the the Englishman start at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Adam Lallana, who has been out of action since August, is also closing in on his return after joining up with his team-mates for full training last month.

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David Wagner suspects Jurgen Klopp will exaggerate Liverpool’s injury concerns

Klopp has several injury concerns ahead of Saturday (Picture: Getty)David Wagner expects Liverpool to field a near full-strength side against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Liverpool are thought to be have a host of injury concerns, as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita all returned from international duty with knocks.

Jurgen Klopp may have to play a significantly weakened side against the Huddersfield, who are currently sitting 18th in the Premier League.

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Huddersfield’s boss Wagner is life-long friends with Klopp and the German suggested his rival would exaggerate any injury concerns Liverpool may have to throw him off.

He said: ‘I have known Jurgen long enough, I know he loves to use smoke screens. I expect that most of his players will be available.’

Wagner and Klopp played together at Mainz before moving into management together.

Wagner and Klopp go way back (Picture: Getty)Many thought Wagner was set to join Klopp’s backroom staff at Liverpool before the 46-year-old took over the top job at Huddersfield in 2015.

Wagner guided the Terriers into the Premier League and then kept Huddersfield in the top flight by finishing in 16th last season.

Liverpool are looking for their first win in four games and aiming to preserve an unbeaten start to their league campaign.

Mane suffered a broken thumb on international duty (Picture: Getty)Salah and Van Dijk are expected to be passed fit to play, but Mane and Keita are considered doubts.

Keita has had scans on a hamstring problem, while Mane needed surgery on a broken thumb on Wednesday.

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Nicolo Barella ‘proud’ amid Arsenal and Liverpool transfer speculation

Nicolo Barella is being watched by Arsenal and Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Cagliari star Nicolo Barella has admitted that he is ‘proud’ to be linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.

Barella, 21, who made his first-team debut for Cagliari back in 2014, is widely regarded as one of most promising young midfielders in Serie A and was rewarded with his first Italy cap earlier this year following a string of impressive performances.

Juventus, Inter Milan and Roma are all understood to be interested in Barella, as well as Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool.

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Reports suggest the Gunners have even sent a scout to watch the youngster this season.

Barella is valued at around €50million (£44m) by Cagliari but the Serie A outfit are desperate to keep hold of the Italy international until the end of the season.

The midfielder made his Italy debut earlier this year (Picture: Getty)Asked about his €50m valuation, Barella told Sky Italia: ‘I’m not the one who sorts out the transfers.

‘It’s the agents, presidents and clubs who do that. I only think about Cagliari and to stay up in the league. We’ll see about the rest.

‘The interest from big clubs is pleasing, and makes me proud. It means I’m doing the right things.’

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Arsenal are scouring the market for possible replacements for Aaron Ramsey, with the Welshman out of contract at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

The 27-year-old midfielder is expected to leave the club amid strong interest from Arsenal’s Premier League rivals.

Liverpool and Manchester United are among the many teams monitoring Ramsey’s contact situation at the Emirates.

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Liverpool deliver Sadio Mane injury update ahead of Huddersfield clash

Sadio Mane has had surgery on his hand (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have hinted that Sadio Mane could be in contention to face Huddersfield after a ‘successful’ surgery on his hand injury.

Mane played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester City before the international break but picked up an injury while training with Senegal in the lead-up to their clash with Sudan.

The 26-year-old missed that match after being taken to hospital and Liverpool have confirmed that he underwent a procedure on Merseyside.

‘Liverpool Football Club can confirm Sadio Mane today underwent a procedure on a hand injury sustained while on international duty with Senegal,’ an official statement reads.

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‘The surgery, conducted at a north-west hospital and supervised by club medics, was successful.

‘Mane’s recovery will be monitored over the next couple of days ahead of the Reds’ return to action at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.’

Naby Keita also picked up an injury during the international break (Picture: Getty)Mane is one of several injury concerns for Jurgen Klopp after first-team stars Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk were both sent home early from international duty.

Salah sustained a muscle problem in Egypt’s victory over Swaziland while picked up a rib injury during the Netherlands’ win over Germany.

Naby Keita is also set for a scan on a hamstring injury he suffered while turning out for Guinea in their draw with Rwanda.

Arsenal join Liverpool in race to sign Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella

Arsenal have sent scouts to watch Nicolo Barella (Getty Images)Arsenal are keeping tabs on Cagliari’s central midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to reports in Italy.

The 21-year-old made his senior debut three years ago and is widely considered as one of the top young prospects in Italian football.

Barella has attracted interest from several Serie A clubs including Juventus, Inter and Roma.

But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal are also in the race and have sent a scout to keep track of Barella’s progress in Serie A.

Barella is also on Liverpool’s radar (Getty Images)Cagliari, however, are unwilling to let the midfielder leave in the January transfer window and reportedly value him at €50 million (£44m).

Arsenal may also face competition from Liverpool, with reports claiming last month that Jurgen Klopp’s side are confident of winning the race for Barella.

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The Gunners are in the market for a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsey after the club withdrew their offer of a new contract.

Ramsey is now expected to leave Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of the season, which will leave a gap to fill in Unai Emery’s midfield.

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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Chris Sutton

Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January (Picture: Getty)Virgil van Dijk is the third best player in the world behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to Chris Sutton.

The Netherlands international has been an instant hit at Anfield. having transformed Liverpool’s defence since joining in January.

Liverpool now boast one of the best defences in the Premier League and Van Dijk has been credited with overseeing the rapid transformation.

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With the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony fast approaching, Celtic legend Sutton named the player he believes is the third best in the world.

‘It may not be fashionable to mention a defender when you have a conversation like this, but when you look at the difference Virgil van Dijk has made to Liverpool then you can see just how good he is,’ Sutton told the BBC.

‘There is not an attribute you need as a defender that he does not have, he is quick, strong, consistent and he does not seem to lose his concentration.

Liverpool’s defence has been transformed through Van Dijk’s influence (Picture: Getty)‘He also has tremendous distribution when he is on the ball, and he reads the game so well. He has got the lot.

‘There will be a clamour for Eden Hazard and other attacking players, and I understand that, but Van Dijk has shown the difference a brilliant defender can make to any side.’

Van Dijk will hope to lead Liverpool in a title charge this season with the Reds joint-top of the Premier League table after eight games.

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(Picture: Getty)Chelsea and Manchester City have kept pace with Liverpool, and club action resumes this weekend after the international break.

Liverpool travel to Huddersfield looking for their first win four games, against a side currently sitting in the relegation zone.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have several injury concerns heading into the match, with Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita, Van Dijk and Sadio Mane returning from international duty with knocks.

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Paul Scholes claims Manchester United have copied Liverpool’s mistakes

Jose Mourinho is struggling to find consistency at Manchester United (Action Plus via Getty Images)Paul Scholes believes Manchester United have turned into a laughing stock by copying the mistakes Liverpool made during his time as a player.

United have lost three out of their eight Premier League games so far and a title challenge from Jose Mourinho’s side is looking unlikely.

Meanwhile, Liverpool and Manchester City have enjoyed a strong start to the season and look on course to compete for the title.

During Scholes’ career, both Liverpool and City struggled to to keep up with United who dominated the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson.

But the former midfielder believes United have slipped far behind their rivals with poor recruitment and a muddled playing style.

Scholes won 11 Premier League titles during his time at United (Getty Images)‘United now feels like Liverpool from years ago, like we’re making all the same mistakes as they did,’ Scholes told ESPN.

‘We were watching Liverpool and City from afar and smirking as they changed managers and players every year, never getting anything right.

‘It feels like we have turned into a Liverpool or a Man City.

‘I feel like people at Liverpool and Man City are looking at us and laughing like we did at them many years ago.

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‘But if you look across the road, they’re doing everything right. They’ve brought the best manager in the world in. They’ve brought staff in to be responsible for signing players. They have a set way of playing every week.

‘Everything becomes easy for them. It becomes easy for the scout who knows that they play 4-3-3 and knows the positions of players and what they’re looking to sign.

‘It’s virtually impossible for a chief scout at Man United to do the same.

‘Whether Jose has a clear way in the future, I don’t know because the form is that bad. United are all over the place.’

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Philippe Coutinho tells Barcelona to sign Liverpool frontman Roberto Firmino as Luis Suarez replacement

Barca bosses believe the Brazilian can take their attack to a new level (Picture: Getty)Barcelona are actively looking to sign a replacement for Luis Suarez and have identified Liverpool frontman Roberto Firmino as the perfect fit, according to reports in Spain.

The Uruguayan’s goal tally has fallen in each of the last two seasons, while he only has three goals in 11 appearances in all competitions this campaign.

Suarez will turn 32 in January and El Chiringuito de Jugones report that Barca have made finding an heir their top priority, with Firmino number one on their list.

Barca fear Suarez is on a downward curve and want to replace him (Picture: Getty)There are concerns over Suarez’s physical ability as he enters the twilight of his career, but Firmino’s aggressive pressing and work rate is seen as a big step up.

The Brazilian would be an ideal foil for Lionel Messi, while he has already been given a glowing recommendation from former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

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Barca’s hierarchy intend to use the same approach that convinced Coutinho to leave Anfield on Firmino and have already begun putting steps in place to sign him.

However, unlike the Coutinho deal, Barca do not believe they are in  a position to sign Firmino in January and will instead wait until next summer to mount their pursuit.

Coutinho has been key to Barca’s interest, recommending Firmino to the club (Picture: Getty)Firmino enjoyed the most prolific season of his career to date last year, scoring 27 times in all competitions – though that is actually less than what Suarez scored.

But Barca are attracted more to his ‘fighting’ qualities than his goalscoring record, and believe his style of play – more like a false nine – would take the side’s attacking play to a new level.

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Everton preparing contract offer for Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey seems set to walk away from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Everton are readying a contract offer of £150,000 a week for Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey, reports say.

Ramsey is out of contract at the Emirates in the summer, and could be sold by the Gunners in January as Arsenal consider cashing in on the Welshman.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and a host of Serie A sides are all monitoring Ramsey’s developing transfer situation, with Arsenal in real danger of losing one of their best players to a direct rival.

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The Sun now claim Everton have entered the transfer race and are preparing a big contract offer to present to Ramsey.

Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands is putting together an offer for Ramsey and the Toffees are prepared to offer as much as £150,000 a week over a five-year contract.

Ramsey, who turns 29 in December, may be tempted by such a long-term deal, but would need further convincing to turn down the advances of top clubs like Chelsea.

Emery is prepared to let Ramsey leave at the end of his contract (Picture: Getty)United and Liverpool are tipped to submit bids for Ramsey in January, while Juventus and AC Milan are poised to enter talks with the midfielder.

Ramsey can speak to foreign clubs in January and could demand a £15million sign-on bonus.

Unai Emery seems happy to let Ramsey leave as the Arsenal boss aims to focus his transfer funds on his own signings.

Silva is attempting to build a stronger squad at Everton (Picture: Getty)Ramsey has already asked for a significantly improved contract at Arsenal, on par with what Mesut Ozil is earning.

But Emery would prefer to have the money that could be used to keep Ramsey to spend in the January window on incomings.

Liverpool are believed to be the frontrunners for Ramsey’s signature after helping rejuvenate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s career.

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(Picture: Getty)Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal last summer and enjoyed an excellent first season for the Reds, before picking up a serious knee injury.

Ramsey has already insisted he has no plans to leave Arsenal in January, but did admit he thought he had agreed a new deal before the Gunners called a halt to talks.

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Liverpool ace Harry Wilson follows up Manchester United heroics with stunning Wales free-kick

Wilson fired one in (Picture: Action Images via Reuters)Harry Wilson proved his stunning free-kick against Manchester United was not just a one-off as he sent another scorcher into the top corner on international duty.

The Liverpool loanee thumped a remarkable set-piece past Jose Mourinho’s side as Derby County took Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup on penalties.

Less than a month after that stunner, the 21-year-old was at it again – this time for Wales.

With their Uefa Nations League tie with the Republic of Ireland locked at 0-0, Wilson stepped up to fire Ryan Giggs’ side in front to establish himself as a free-kick specialist.

Wilson is on fire (Picture: AFP/Getty)The goal could prove crucial in Wales’ bid to reach the European Championships as a win will lift them above Denmark in the group.

Liverpool fans were certainly loving Wilson’s contribution.

Harry Wilson is a future Liverpool legend in the making REAL TALK!
— S.O.C (@ScorpioStevie) October 16, 2018

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