Chelsea prepared to beat Liverpool to the signing of £53m attacker


Liverpool begin their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on 12 August.

Injuries to Klavan and Matip had left Klopp with only two fit central defenders for the game against Napoli over the weekend, but Lovren's return to the fold gives the German an additional option for Sunday's match.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are now Liverpool's only senior centre-backs fit and available.

In the past year we've seen the world record transfer fee more than doubled, Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid and Crystal Palace sign literal Max Meyer.

Speaking to the club's official website, the Liverpool manager said: "I knew that he would get stitches because we saw it on the pitch". Klavan shouldn't be too serious, but if Tuesday is too early I don't know yet.

Liverpool FC are still aiming to win their first major trophy since Klopp's appointment at Anfield back in October 2015. "An all-round good performance for the first game, especially because I think everyone can imagine what happens inside a human being in a situation like that, playing the first game after all the things that were written about it and all that stuff". They have also landed Monaco midfielder Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City, in addition to RB Leipzig and Guinea worldwide Naby Keita who was already secured in summer 2017. The France global was heavily tipped to join Liverpool prior to the World Cup but the deal was scuppered after the Reds tried to re-negotiate his £53m asking price citing his injury record.

Liverpool can also hold claim to beating Man City in three of last term's four meetings in all competitions, but former midfielder Murphy reckons that Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are the only players good enough to cross the divide.

Fekir was part of France's World Cup winning squad this summer but did not play a major role.

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