Liverpool v Man City: Match in pictures
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Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards is believed to be preparing a push to sign electric Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele in January. With his contract due to expire in 2022, Edwards’ focus would be to establish a pre-contract arrangement ahead of a free summer move for the £45million-rated star, although he may have to fend off competition from Newcastle United and Chelsea. The Reds could be the best fit for the Frenchman, however, and Express Sport looks at how they could line up if they get the job done:
Goalkeeper – Alisson
Even if Edwards may have his hands full in January, it certainly will not be for the want of replacing Liverpool’s Brazilian stopper.
Having arrived within six months of Virgil van Dijk, the pair shored up Jurgen Klopp’s defence straight away and Champions League glory followed.
An historic Premier League title came after that, which adds to a growing list of memorable moments at the club which includes a dramatic last-minute winner against West Brom.
Oh, and he’s not a bad goalkeeper either!
Defence – Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Konate, Robertson
On the fringes of Klopp’s starting XI is a tough place to be for a defender, with three of the four spots essentially picking themselves.
It would take a monstrous talent to unseat either Trent Alexander-Arnold or Andrew Robertson who continue to terrorise opposition defences from full-back.
The same goes for Virgil van Dijk, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year for 2019 and the man who has made all the difference since returning from injury this campaign.
That second centre-back spot remains up for grabs, and with Ibrahima Konate still so young, he could well kick on to make it his own by the time Dembele makes his Anfield bow.
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Midfield – Henderson, Fabinho, Jones
Klopp has a wealth of options to choose from in central areas, with a healthy blend of youth and experience to boot.
Jordan Henderson is the perennial dressing room leader and an encouraging influence on the pitch, while Fabinho is so assured at screening the back four and spraying long and short passes from the base of midfield.
A host of others could tempt Klopp into a starting berth, but it could come down to a battle of the youngsters with Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott both developing extremely well.
That being said, the dislocated ankle suffered by Elliott at Leeds United could just give Jones the chance to mark his territory and give the boss a tough decision.
Attack – Salah, Jota, Dembele
Although Liverpool’s ageing attack is set to undergo a re-shuffle over the coming transfer windows, Mohamed Salah continues to prove himself as undroppable.
Diogo Jota has also done a superb job of making the central role his own in Roberto Firmino’s absence, and at just 24-years-old, he has so many years left in the tank.
The same can be said for Ousmane Dembele, the two-footed winger who has pace to burn – both attributes coveted by Klopp.
Injuries have blighted his time at the Camp Nou, but if the Reds could get their hands on a talent who was deemed worthy of more than £100m in 2017, the sky is the limit.
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