Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League came to an end last week at the hands of reigning champions Manchester City last week.
The Reds were looking to avenge last season’s crushing defeat at the Etihad and should have taken the lead through Sadio Mane, whose shot hit the post and narrowly avoided crossing the line. City took full advantage, Sergio Aguero turning expertly and firing past Alisson just before half-time. Roberto Firmino equalised before a brilliant goal by Leroy Sane ensured the Citizens closed the gap at the top of the table to just four points.
Dejan Lovren’s performance, in particular, will be concerning for Jurgen Klopp. Once again the Croatian failed to perform in a big game, allowing Aguero to ghost in front of him for City’s third while keeping Sterling on side for the second. Lovren’s sloppy passing almost cost the Reds another goal late on and Klopp should be looking to sign another defender now the January transfer window is open.
The perfect addition to the squad would be Borussia Monchengladbach defender – Nico Elvedi. Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the Swiss international has developed into a crucial player for his side since joining from FC Zurich back in 2015. Elvedi has been ever-present for his team this season, making 14 Bundesliga appearances so far.
The 22-year-old is a fantastic tackler and reads the game expertly allowing him to make numerous interceptions. Elvedi’s presence has contributed greatly to Monchengladbach’s brilliant defensive record this season. The majority of his appearances have come in the centre of defence but the youngster is extremely versatile and could cover both right and left back – making him ideal for Klopp following Nathaniel Clyne’s move to Bournemouth and the imminent departure of Alberto Moreno.
Elvedi is going from strength-to-strength – partnering him with Virgil van Dijk would take his game to a whole new level.
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