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Brighton handed injury boost
Brighton have been handed an injury boost ahead of their trip to Liverpool this weekend after Graham Potter declared Aaron Connolly fit.
The young Republic of Ireland striker missed last Saturday’s defeat to Leicester with a groin injury.
But speaking at his pre-match press conference, Potter confirmed his availability.
He will be back in the squad and trained this week.
Hodgson dismisses Brewster speculation
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has played down the possibility of the Eagles signing Rhian Brewster on loan from Liverpool.
The youngster will be allowed to leave the Reds on loan in January, having made just two appearances so far this season.
But speaking to Sky Sports, Hodgson conceded he wouldn’t be able to guarantee Brewster the game-time to make a move to South London worthwhile.
He’s a good player, there’s no doubt about that.
The only thing that would concern me there is that I don’t know quite how many guaranteed games, so if I was going to speak to Jurgen and he was going to talk to me and say he wanted Rhian Brewster to go out on loan and play some matches, I’m not 100% certain I could guarantee him that he would be the first name on the teamsheet.
He would be in competition with the three players who we already have who are experienced players and quality players.
I’m not 100% certain that it would do anything other than being useful for us in terms of having another player who could come in from time-to-time and certainly help us out.
If I was Jurgen Klopp or Rhian Brewster I’d think I’d want to be going somewhere where I was the first name on the teamsheet and I could guarantee that between January and May I’d be playing 20 matches.
Sturridge to help Liverpool land Turkish duo
Daniel Sturridge could help Liverpool land rumoured targets Ugurcan Cakir and Abdulkadir Omur according to reports in Turkey.
The former Reds striker currently plays with the duo at Trabzonspor.
And according to the Karadeniz Gazette, cited by HITC, he has recommended Liverpool to the pair.
However, the story doesn’t stop there.
They also claim Sturridge is attempting to set up a ‘management company’ with his uncle and has identified a number of players to add to his portfolio – with Cakir and Omur among those he has his sights on.
Goal of the day
Chivas goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez scored this stunner over the weekend for today’s Goal of the day.
Haaland's warning for Liverpool
As Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw with Napoli on Wednesday night, in the other Group E clash young striker Erling Haaland made Champions League history with RB Salzburg.
The impressive teenager became the youngest player to ever score in five straight appearances in Europe’s most prestigious competition.
And after the game he had a warning for Liverpool.
Caoimhe O’Neill has the story...
Carragher urges Klopp to sign Sancho
Jamie Carragher thinks Jurgen Klopp’s side are lacking an attacking player and has mentioned Jadon Sancho as a potential transfer candidate.
The Reds struggled to a 1-1 draw against Napoli last night with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all failing to trouble the scoresheet.
And speaking on Viasport, cited by the Express, Carragher wants to see Klopp add to his squad in January.
I think Liverpool still lack one player which is an attacking player to really support the front three and almost make it like a front four,
At the moment there’s still a big difference when one of the front three don’t play. We saw that at the weekend again when Salah was out – that time Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played in the front three and that didn’t work. We’ve seen [Divock] Origi, that doesn’t work.
Maybe there’s talk of a man in the Bundesliga coming to England from Borussia Dortmund, maybe he’s someone who Liverpool may be looking at in Sancho who a lot of other Premier League clubs are looking at.
There has been some great signings for Liverpool in the past [in January]. You think of [Virgil] van Dijk, Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger was a great player for Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge is another one.
I would like to see an attacking player come in someone with a bit more quality, maybe someone who could help them in the coming months going forward.
I don’t think it’s an area which Klopp really looks at but I would expect it to be a really big summer for Liverpool especially considering they didn’t sign anyone last summer.
BBC confirm FIFA Club World Cup
And as if by magic here’s confirmation from BBC Sport.
Both Liverpool games will be televised while fans can watch every game from the tournament online.
BBC to air FIFA Club World Cup
Liverpool’s FIFA Club World Cup campaign will be shown live on the BBC reports the Telegraph.
The Reds will play two games in Qatar next month, taking part in their semi-final on December 18 before contesting the final or third place play-off on December 21.
Fabinho in protective boot
Fabinho posed for a picture with Deco last night.
Note the protective boot... at least he’s smiling.
Egypt U23s coach eyes Salah Olympic call-up
Egypt Under-23s coach Shawky Gharib has admitted he’d like to include Mohamed Salah in his squad for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Liverpool forward featured for the Pharaohs the last time they qualified for the tournament in London 2012, and would be allowed to be included as an overage player in 2020.
However, the Olympic Games clashes with pre-season and the start of the new Premier League season.
But, speaking to CBC channel, cited by King Fut, that hasn’t stopped Gharib from hoping to call up Salah.
Mohamed Salah is a source of pride for all Arabs and Egyptians. He is one of the best players in the world and a gives a great image to Egypt abroad.
However, the desire [to play in Olympics] have to be common. He is a professional and of course he has rights and duties towards his own club.
Definitely I would love to have him with me but the most important thing is his will to play with us. He was one of the most committed players with me during my tenure with the senior national team and was the top scorer.
Liverpool have again been linked with Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa.
La Nazione, via Calciomercato.com, claim the Reds have joined Inter Milan and Juventus in the race for the forward and are seriously considering launching a bid.
But while the 22-year-old is the sort of player you could see rocking up at Anfield, it’s the same old problem of will Liverpool spend big-money on a player to sit on the bench behind Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Jadon Sancho might have scored an impressive goal at Camp Nou last night in Borussia Dortmund’s defeat to Barcelona but that doesn’t take away from one fact.
He was dropped.
The Liverpool-linked winger is said to be unhappy at the Bundesliga outfit and manager Lucien Favre had a dig at him when speaking to Sky Sports after announcing his team.
We need players on the pitch who are focused and ready.
Meanwhile, Mats Hummels dodged a question about his team-mate’s future after the game.
I don’t want to talk about it. He played really well in the second half, was really involved and scored a great goal.
With the Reds continuing to be linked with the England international, an exit is slowly looking increasingly likely.
Paul Gorst's verdict
Paul Gorst’s still over covered on one defeat since stepping into James Pearce’s shoes.
He is sick of facing Napoli though.
Give his verdict a read pretty please x
Fabinho injury update
Let’s start with Fabinho.
I’m worried about him, not going to lie.
He appeared to suffer an ankle injury after colliding with Dries Mertens in the first half and, despite his best efforts, was unable to continue.
I’m sick of these ankle injuries y’know. Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and now the Brazilian.
We’re even getting struck down here at ECHO HQ with Gorsty and me still suffering from our own Thursday night football antics two months on, while Guy Clarke became the latest casualty last week.
But, sadly for GC, you’ve not come to today’s LIVE blog for a Guy Clarke injury update. Your loss.
Anyway, here’s what Jurgen Klopp had to say about Fabinho after the game...
Of course it’s still early and we all hope it’s not too serious but it’s pretty painful in an area where you don’t want to have pain, around the ankle and shin, so we have to see.
He is a really hard one and couldn’t continue. I don’t want to say what I expect, because I hope in the moment it’s not that serious.
But we’ll know more maybe tomorrow, maybe the day after tomorrow. We’ll see.
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Fancy reliving last night’s drab draw with Napoli?
Rather you than me, it wasn’t pretty.
But at least Paul Gorst, Ian Doyle and the rest of the team try and make it entertaining.
Read some of their post-match offerings here...
Rise and shine!
Rise and shine, Reds fans!
A frustrating night at the office for Liverpool last night as they were made to wait to secure qualification for the Champions League knockout stages after drawing 1-1 with Napoli.
Keep it with us for all the latest post-match reaction, including an injury update on Fabinho, as well as all the latest Reds news and transfer gossip.
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