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As some Liverpool fans call for his signing, Shinji Kagawa could be an excellent addition

The Japanese international worked under Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.

Mathew Nash

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Japan are out of the World Cup but they gained many a fan with their brave effort against Belgium last night. The Samurai Blue led 2-0 before goals from Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli helped the Red Devils to victory. But there were several incredible performances, including from Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa.

He was exceptional in the middle of the park, linking the attack to defence masterfully in a performance which reminded people just why Manchester United once splashed out on his signature.

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In fact, his performances at the World Cup overall have been fantastic. So much so, that some of the fans from United’s bitter rivals Liverpool are suggesting they make a move for the player:

The reasons why are clear. Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Kagawa and first took him to European football with Borussia Dortmund. He got the best out of the player and was a truly massive fan of his. Back in 2013, with Kagawa out of the picture at United, Klopp told The Guardian it broke his heart to see and that it had put ‘tears in his eyes’. He also dubbed Kagawa ‘one of the best players in the world.’

Now, 29-year-old Kagawa is looking back to his best. He was one of Dortmund’s best players last season, before an ankle injury cut things short and under the guidance of his former boss Klopp he could be a star – which would be great to rub in Manchester United’s face.

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Three reasons why Derby is the perfect destination for Harry Wilson

According to reports the 21-year-old Liverpool youngster is close to joining Derby

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Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson signed a new contract with the Merseyside giants last week. However, the 21-year-old will be loaned out for the season to gain some vital experience and, according to the Mirror, Derby County is his likely destination.

Wilson was rewarded with a new contract by the Reds after an impressive outing with Championship strugglers Hull City last season, where the wide man scored seven goals in 13 appearances.

Now, the Welsh international looks set to be Frank Lampard’s first summer signing, joining the former England international in his first managerial appointment.

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1. A chance to play under a boss who has done it all can only be inspiring

Wilson would have to chance to play under Lampard, a man who as a player won pretty much everything, this can only be inspiring for a footballer of Wilson’s age, and the former midfielder will surely know how to get the best out of the young talent at his disposal.

2. Already proved himself in the Championship last season

The Welsh international has already confirmed he can do it in the Championship, after a successful loan spell at Hull.

The young winger will only be looking to improve and, given a full season and game time, he is more than likely to do that.

3. Fearless attitude

Wilson would bring with him to Pride Park a fearless approach to improve and to take on any challenge that comes his way.

This mindset was demonstrated when at 16 Wilson made his full international debut for Wales; a testament to the youngster’s talent and solid proof he could hit the ground running at Derby.

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Three reasons Jasper Cillessen is the man to solve Liverpool’s goalkeeping woes

Liverpool look poised to make a move for the Barcelona shot stopper.

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Liverpool will look to sign Barcelona outcast Jasper Cillessen before the transfer window shuts in a bid to solve their goalkeeping woes, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Cilleseen’s talent is undeniable, and despite a massive lack of game time at Barcelona, the Dutch international is still highly rated amongst Europe’s elite goalkeepers.

Reports suggest Cillessen will listen to offers from Europe’s biggest clubs. However, if given the opportunity for some game time with the Spanish giants he would be happy to stay in Catalonia.

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Nevertheless, Liverpool’s interest in the 29-year-old could prove to be the golden opportunity for Cillessen to get the first team action he has been craving.

But is the Dutchman the man to solve Liverpool’s problem position? Here are three reasons why he is the right man to do so.

1. A cheaper alternative to Alisson

Liverpool have been linked with some of the hottest goalkeeping talents in Europe since the transfer window reopened and one name in particular that has been thrown into the Reds hat is Roma goalkeeper, Alisson Becker.

However, Jurgen Klopp seems reluctant to fork out over £60 million for the Brazilian’s services and Cillessen would be available for a much lower price.

This doesn’t take anything away from the Dutchman’s talent. In fact, Cillissen is more tried and tested on the big stage than Alisson.

2. Winning mentality

Cillessen would bring to Anfield with him a thirst for silverware, a trait that Jurgen Klopp seems to be trying to incorporate into his side.

One La Liga title,  two Spanish cups and three Dutch league titles already sit proudly in the Dutch shot-stoppers trophy cabinet, and it is this winning mentality that Liverpool have been craving to have between their sticks.

3. The chance to be Liverpool’s number one for years to come

If it is first team action that Cillessen wants so badly, he may not have a better opportunity to get that than at Liverpool.

Cillissen would have the chance to rise to the occasion and take over a position that currently has no front runner and the fact that the Reds could just be on the cusp of greatness could make them and the Dutchman a match made in heaven.

The chance to be number one for one of Europe’s biggest clubs can only be motivational for a player of Cillessen’s ability and ambition.

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Jurgen Klopp’s comments give Daniel Sturridge hope ahead of crucial preseason

The 28-year-old looks set to get one last chance at Anfield.

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The future of striker Daniel Sturridge is one of the biggest question marks overshadowing Liverpool’s pre-season campaign.

Although the English forward endured a forgettable 2017/18 season and seemed to be on his way out at Anfield, recent comments from Jurgen Klopp should give Sturridge hope ahead of a critical next month.

When asked about the 28-year-old’s Liverpool future, Klopp struck a conciliatory tone that must have heartened Sturridge.

“I always said there is a future, it’s about what we do in the moment. At the moment it’s all good and we don’t have to make decisions. I don’t think about my players like this – like, maybe he’s in or out,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

These quotes reveal the German is keeping an open mind ahead of the looming deadline of the transfer window, and has indicated there is a future for Sturridge at the club.

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As there is still a month remaining before the transfer window slams shut, Klopp maintains he has plenty of time to make a decision and has essentially challenged Sturridge to work his way back into first team contention.

Sturridge has been working diligently this summer, most recently scoring two well-taken goals against Chester in a friendly.

Although Liverpool’s attack is undoubtedly filled with top-class talent, if the striker can continue his good form he could stake a claim for a role in the upcoming season.

Liverpool fans still remember his heroics in the 2013/14 season, and although that was perhaps a different Sturridge then we see now, it can be argued he still has those deadly qualities that allowed him to shine in previous years.

The Reds’ upcoming participation in the International Champions Cup will be telling for Sturbridge’s future.

If he can excel against the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, and Manchester United, then Daniel Sturridge could be granted another chance to revive his Liverpool career.

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