Jurgen Klopp secured his first Premier League victory against Manchester United to move back to the top of the Premier League table.
The Reds dominated the opening half hour at Anfield and deservedly took the lead when Fabinho picked out Sadio Mane expertly and the Senegal international brilliantly took care of the rest. An error from Alisson Becker allowed Jesse Lingard to equalise before the interval giving United a lifeline. However, the Red Devils couldn’t handle Xherdan Shaqiri who netted two goals after leaving the bench to secure a memorable victory.
Once again Klopp utilised his 4-2-3-1 formation against Jose Mourinho’s men – a rare change from his traditional 4-3-3 used in mid-week against Napoli. The ex-Borussia Dortmund manager used Mohamed Salah centrally, and the Egyptian struggled against the powerful pairing of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof. Should Klopp continue to use his new system, Salah should be moved back to the right, and Liverpool must target a world-class forward in January.
The ideal addition could be RB Leipzig forward – Timo Werner. Valued at £54m by Transfermarkt, the Germany international has established himself as one of the best strikers in the division in recent years – cementing his spot as the number one striker for his country. Once again, the 22-year-old has been in fine form in the Bundesliga, scoring ten goals in just 15 appearances this season.
Werner has all the attributes to succeed on Merseyside and would add another string to Liverpool’s bow. An instinctive finisher with bags of pace and dribbling ability, the youngster would thrive alongside the likes of Salah and Mane. With a playmaker of Roberto Firmino’s quality behind him, his goal output would only increase.
With RB Leipzig currently stuck in the Europa League, Champions League football at Anfield could be a tempting move for the German in the New Year.
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