Liverpool: PSG ace was targeted; striker pushes for first team; veteran hails squad

The Reds were one of four clubs hoping to secure a move for PSG central defender Presnel Kimpembe in the summer, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Spanish newspaper claims that Liverpool joined Chelsea, Monaco and Saint-Etienne in tracking the French youth international in the hope of luring him away with the premise of first-team football. In the end, Kimpembe was patient and has been rewarded by the French club as they instead sold David Luis, partly to allow him more game time.

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The suggestion that Jurgen Klopp is keen on adding another central defender can only be bad news for another man who rose to fame with PSG – Mamadou Sakho. The former captain of the French team’s future is in the balance at Anfield, more than ever after a social media tirade against Jurgen Klopp, and it seems increasingly likely that he has played his last game for the club. With alternatives already being sought, his days are numbered.

Another man whose future at the club may be in doubt is young forward Danny Ings. The former Burnley front man missed much of last season with a knee injury and has struggled for first team minutes since making his return under Jurgen Klopp, with only a 27 minute cameo appearance against Derby County in the EFL Cup to show for his efforts this campaign.

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He has been in fine form for the club’s under-23 side with Michael Beale as he scored twice in Premier League 2 against Sunderland under-23s. Trent Alexander-Arnold added a third in an impressive display as the side made it four victories in a row after defeat in their first two games of the season. Ings had been tipped for great things under Klopp with his enthusiastic and energetic displays likely to suit the fast flowing pressing and attacking style that the German loves.

Experienced vice-captain and scorer of two penalties in victory over Hull City on Saturday James Milner has spoken out to praise the Reds as he claims that his team look a completely different outfit to the side that he played in last season after his arrival on a free transfer from Manchester City, telling LFCTV:

We knew that is where we could improve against teams that sit back a bit more but I’m seeing a different team this year, completely different to last year… I think maybe last year some games we would play like we wanted to play and other games we wouldn’t. Consistency has been really good and you look down the squad list and the quality is unbelievable.

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The now retired England international has praised Klopp for generating competition for places with his summer additions:

If you don’t perform the shirt will be taken off you and someone will else get the chance and you don’t know how long they will have that shirt. That is really pleasing. You need that competition for places to drive each other on and hopefully we can keep improving as a team.

If the Reds can maintain this improvement, there may be no limit to their achievements this season…

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