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Liverpool: Striker forces move talks; mini-derby victory; changes ahead of Tottenham

Reports in the Daily Star on Sunday claim that Napopli forward Lorenzo Insigne is desperate for a move to Anfield as his agent pleads with the Italian club to allow him to enter talks with the Anfield outfit. The 25-year-old saw contract talks over a renewal collapse after he demanded wages of £100,000 a week, and has seen his relationship with the club fall apart since, with him in tears as fans jeered him after missing a penalty against Besiktas in Europa League action in midweek.

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Insigne seems to fit the right mould of the kind of player that Klopp would like as a forward with pace who can play centrally or out wide, but it seems that Napoli will demand a high price if they are to relinquish their man.

There was good news for the club on the field too as Michael Beale’s under 23 side overcame Everton in a mini-derby less than 24 hours after victory over West Brom for the first team. Goals from Brooks Lennon and captain Harry Wilson saw the Reds emerge victorious and keep applying the pressure at the top of the Premier League 2 table.

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Despite the absence of a number of key figures, Mamadou Sakho played and shone in central defence, though it was his younger teammates who stole the headlines with Ben Woodburn, who shot to fame in the summer, excelling alongside the two goalscorers as some of the best performers of the day.

However, they were without the likes of Danny Ings, Marko Grujic, Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kevin Stewart after Jurgen Klopp called them up to the first team squad for training ahead of the EFL Cup clash with Tottenham on Tuesday. Klopp is set to ring the changes according to the Liverpool Echo with Lucas Leiva, Ragnar Klavan, Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno also hoping for gametime.

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Mauricio Pochettino has already expressed his desire to keep the faith in his youngsters who have got Spurs this far in the competition, so Tuesday’s game may see two weakened sides match up at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp giving some much needed game time to his squad players.

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