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Liverpool news: Naby Keita eager to leave, Thiago is the key man for the Reds

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Liverpool news: Naby Keita eager to leave, Thiago key man for the Reds

Since his arrival on Merseyside in July 2018, Keita, 26, has struggled to maintain a consistent first-team place.

Jurgen Klopp benched the Guinea international during Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in April, and he has not featured since, missing out on the matchday squad in Liverpool’s last four games due to injury.

According to reports by AS, the former RB Leipzig star does not agree with Klopp and is searching for a way out of the club, offering himself to Atletico Madrid.

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Although Diego Simeone’s side is expected to be in the market for a new midfielder, according to the article, the La Liga leaders aren’t sure he is the best choice for them.

Keita has also been linked with Leicester City and Crystal Palace in recent weeks.

In recent weeks, Fabinho, Thiago, and Georginio Wijnaldum have formed Klopp’s usual midfield three, but the German insisted Keita remains in his plans when speaking at the start of the month.

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‘He trains really well, like a lot of other players, and looks really good in training. But this year now we need stability.

‘We will make changes from time to time definitely, but it’s not like we pick now seven, eight, nine players to change and say, ‘Maybe we can win it like this.’

‘The long-term future of Naby Keita, from my point of view, is here, yes.’

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Thiago Alcantara is the key man for the Reds

Liverpool news: Naby Keita eager to leave, Thiago key man for the Reds
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As Liverpool nears the end of perhaps the strangest Premier League season ever, the Reds are leaning more and more on Thiago Alcantara.

Due to setbacks entirely beyond his control, the Spaniard has had a tough first year in England, but the timing of each of his better performances in the red jersey has been telling.

Despite performing admirably throughout, it is fair to assume that his performances against Chelsea (following a red card), Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion, and Burnley have captivated the majority of fans, with each match posing a similar match scenario.

In both of those games, Liverpool was forced to break down a defensive block, with Thiago almost taking over as Jurgen Klopp’s leader of possession by controlling the tempo and moving the ball from side to side.

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Thiago was instrumental in Liverpool’s recent domination over the Magpies, Baggies, and Clarets, breaking a Premier League record in 45 minutes against Chelsea.

Liverpool are almost likely to dominate the bulk of the ball and territory, allowing Thiago to effectively demonstrate what he’s capable of, based on previous events.

After this season, Liverpool should be back to normal in many areas, with players like Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, and Joe Gomez returning to the starting lineup after recovering from their respective injuries.

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Some rivals will try to attack the Reds, but once Klopp is able to field his best squad, Liverpool normally owns the pitch, and Thiago should have more chances to play like he did against Burnley last night as a result of this governance.

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Jurgen Klopp has good news for Liverpool fans

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Jurgen Klopp provided a team update during his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s encounter against Brentford.

Klopp claims the Reds had picked up a few knocks following their clash against Arsenal on Thursday night. The boss, on the other hand, maintains that the medical team has informed him that all of the players involved should be able to play against the Bees.

With star players away at the African Cup of Nations, the Reds need to make sure they don’t have any more selection concerns, and happily, despite a few knocks, they appear to have gotten through a physically demanding match against the Gunners relatively unharmed.

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“As far as I know there are no real injuries. We got knocks last night, Robbo got a knock, Virg got a knock, Millie got a knock, but directly after the game, the medical department told me they would all be fine, but we will see. There are no ‘injuries’ so far, so it should be the same squad available like for the game against Arsenal,” Jurgen Klopp said.

Following the postponement of their Carabao Cup match, the Reds’ fixture slate has become extremely crowded, so fitness and injuries will have been a major concern.

Fortunately, it appears that Liverpool will be able to field a relatively strong XI against Brentford this Saturday, and while Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Naby Keita will all be absent, this update has given Liverpool the best possible opportunity of beating Brentford this weekend.

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Liverpool player wants to leave, Reds willing to accept his request

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Neco Williams wishes to leave the club this month, and the club is willing to let him go.

Williams, according to Sky Sports, is concerned about his lack of game time as the World Cup play-offs approach.

Williams does not want his lack of regular game time at Liverpool to force him to fall out of contention for a place in the Wales national squad.

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Williams appears to have no chance of breaking into Liverpool’s starting lineup, with Alexander-Arnold always in form.

The Reds are ‘sympathetic’ to Williams’ situation and will allow him to leave if the right offer is made in.

Williams, who was dubbed ‘excellent’ by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earlier this season, could leave on loan or permanently, with Liverpool reportedly open to either option.

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Because of Conor Bradley’s progress at Liverpool, the Reds aren’t entirely opposed to losing Williams and elevating the Northern Irishman.

Both Leeds United and Aston Villa were interested in signing Williams this summer and could be viable options this month.

Leeds are in need of defensive reinforcements, and Williams might be the right back of the future.

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Although Villa have Matty Cash at right back, Williams can provide strong opposition for Liverpool veteran Steven Gerrard.

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Expert issues ‘shock’ verdict on Ricardo Pereira comeback date

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Expert issues 'shock' verdict on Ricardo Pereira comeback date

Despite a broken leg, Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira might be out for as little as “six to eight weeks.”

According to Ben Dinnery, who operates the Premier Injuries website and has a background in medical and data analysis, this is the case.

In last Wednesday’s League Cup match at Anfield, Tyler Morton, 19, of Liverpool, avoided a red card for his rash challenge on Ricardo Pereira.

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As reported by The Sun last Sunday (26 December), Brendan Rodgers stated that Pereira had a “fractured fibula” as a result of the challenge.

It was the right-first back’s game back following a 12-match layoff due to a hamstring injury.

But, as Dinnery says, Pereira’s injury isn’t as serious as the average person may think.

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“We say broken leg and think it’s always long-term, but it shocks some people to know that’s not always true,” he told Football Insider‘s, Adam Williams.

“It’s a fractured fibula, so it’s non-weight-bearing. He isn’t exactly pain-free but on the scale of injuries, it isn’t too serious.

“There have been examples of players returning in four or five weeks. I would suggest in this instance that it is more likely to be six to eight weeks.

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“If we were looking at an ACL then it’s a significant amount of time on the sidelines, so he’ll be grateful it isn’t that.

“I’m not aware of any plans for surgery, so we can assume that it is non-displaced and doesn’t need any fixation.”

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