Liverpool have moved two points clear of Manchester City and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
The Reds made it six wins from six with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield. Xherdan Shaqiri was handed his first Liverpool start and forced Wesley Hoedt to direct the ball into his own net. Joel Matip, in his first start since March, headed home from a Trent Alexander-Arnold shortly after. Shaqiri was involved again, his superb free-kick crashing off the bar before Mohamed Salah netted to end the game before half-time.
Jurgen Klopp could afford to leave the likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho on the bench for the visit of the Saints, highlighting the strength in depth he now possesses. With a trip to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup next up followed by a trip to Stamford Bridge before facing City, they face their most pivotal stretch of fixtures. Klopp should also be keeping tabs on January recruits who could bolster their ranks when the transfer window reopens.
One man he should be watching closely is Ajax winger – David Neres. Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the Brazilian wonderkid enjoyed a stellar season in the Eredivisie and caught the eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Neres netted 15 goals in all competitions as well as registering 14 assists in all competitions.
His impressive form did not go unnoticed with reports suggesting Tottenham were keen on him during the summer and will reignite their interest in January. Liverpool must ensure they beat them to the punch.
The 21-year-old possesses electrifying pace meaning he would slot seamlessly into the Liverpool side. His direct running would cause Premier League defenders all sorts of problems, Neres averaged 3.6 dribbles per game in the Eredivisie last season (WhoScored). His arrival would give Klopp even more options as he looks to rotate his squad during the gruelling campaign.
The Reds cannot afford Spurs to land this future star.
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