Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League, behind Chelsea and Manchester City on goal difference, heading into the international break.
The Reds are yet to taste defeat in the league after holding Manchester City to a draw at Anfield before the international period. Riyad Mahrez skied a penalty after Virgil van Dijk fouled Leroy Sane in the area and both sides were happy with a point. With a tough run of fixtures behind them, Jurgen Klopp will be eager to return to winning ways.
The remainder of October and November will be a crucial period for Klopp’s men with fixtures against Arsenal and two ties against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League. Two positive results against the Serbian champions will put them in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages. With many of their rivals playing each other in the coming weeks, Liverpool have an excellent opportunity to climb the table.
Aside from fixture preparation, Klopp should also be assessing potential January transfer targets. One man he should be keeping tabs on is West Ham starlet – Declan Rice.
Valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, the 19-year-old joined West Ham’s youth academy after being released by Chelsea at the age of 14. He quickly rose through the ranks and was called to the senior side for the first time in April 2017. After an impressive debut season, Rice was named as the runner-up for the Hammer of the Year award back in April.
Despite his increasing importance to the first-team, Rice has less than one year remaining on his contract and has rejected a number of offers to extend his stay with the Hammers; Liverpool should take advantage and bring him to Anfield.
Rice is comfortable at both centre-back and defensive midfield and could flourish under Klopp’s tutelage. Tottenham are also short priced to make a move, but their rivalry with West Ham could hand the Reds the advantage.
If Rice fails to pen a new deal, Liverpool should be quick to pounce.
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