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Salah, Alisson and others returning to Liverpool this week

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Despite Liverpool’s poor run of results during the preseason, Jurgen Klopp says he’s not very concerned.

That’s because Liverpool, more than most other teams it seems this year, has been without a dozen key players all preseason, and others who arrived a week or two late after international duty following the Premier League season. However, that all changes on Monday.

Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Alisson, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri are all returning to preseason work as Liverpool heads to Evian, France to continue warm-weather training. Liverpool has just a week before facing Manchester City in the FA Community Shield, and then another week before the start of the season. It’s unlikely that the quintet returning this week – with Sadio Mane set to return next week – will be ready to go for the start of the Premier League season, but it can potentially give the team a mental lift to see many of the team’s stars back in the squad for daily training sessions.

​“The lads coming back, even if they don’t play, it gives you a lift when they train and with the way they go about their business,” Liverpool left back Andy Robertson told the club’s website. “It doesn’t matter if they play on Wednesday or not, that’s completely up to the manager three days in, but that’s irrelevant: if they’re back in training and back around the place then it makes a difference.

“Mo and Bobby are two of our main men and Alisson was magnificent last season. They are huge characters in the changing room as well so that’ll be massive for us, and then Sadio will come back the following week. Once we get the whole team back together, and I think Shaq and Naby aren’t far off too, they’re players that are familiar around the set-up and around the system and that’s what we need. The quicker we get all of us back together then hopefully the better.”

Without many of the top attackers, some young players for Liverpool have been playing plenty. Aside from players like Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain building fitness, Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster have received regular minutes. In addition, new signings Harvey Elliot, who just signed officially for Liverpool in the morning, and summer signing Sepp van den Berg each saw the field against Napoli. While they likely won’t play much this Premier League season, they may be called upon to at least be on the bench early on.

Klopp referred to this preseason, with so many stars missing, as a strange one.

“It’s kind of a new situation, but that’s not the reason what’s happened,” Klopp said. “Missing six players is strange. That you lose players during a pre-season, we are used to – that happened from time to time. But that they don’t start from the beginning and come a couple of days before or after we start with the season is not cool. Again, that’s how it is and we prepared everybody as good as possible. We have to fight the start of the season 100 per cent with all we have. The good thing is, if the opponents want to analyse us now, they think ‘easy job’, but we will be a different animal next week.”

Liverpool smash Huddersfield Town to retake PL lead (video)

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  • Keita sets Liverpool record (video)
  • Salah, Mane bag braces
  • Salah takes Golden Boot lead

Liverpool eviscerated Huddersfield Town 5-0 at Anfield on Friday to reclaim the Premier League lead from Manchester City.

The win puts Liverpool on 91 points, two points ahead of City, and brings the Reds within four on goal differential. Man City visits Burnley on Sunday.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both scored twice, the latter moving into the lead when it comes to the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

Naby Keita scored the opener before the match was 15 seconds old, setting a club record for fastest goal from kickoff.

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Keita forced a turnover that zipped to Salah, who set up the Guinean for a finish off the far post and into the goal.

Andy Robertson collected his first of two assists when he cued up Mane for a 23rd minute marker.

Salah made it 3-0 before halftime, nabbing his 68th Liverpool goal in his 100th appearance when he lobbed Jonas Lossl off a long pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Jordan Henderson crossed for Mane’s second goal, a clever header and feat of balance.

The fifth goal came when Robertson took a feed from Xherdan Shaqiri before crossing for Salah to side-foot from close range.

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Southampton carves Liverpool to shreds on early opening goal (video)

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Trailing Manchester City by a point in the title race, Liverpool has to be nearly perfect down the stretch to earn its first Premier League title.

The start to Liverpool’s visit to St. Mary’s was anything but perfect.

Southampton carved Liverpool’s defense to shreds and a wide-open Shane Long finished off the game’s opening goal to put Southampton 1-0 up after just nine minutes.

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In the build-up, the ball was spread out wide left to Ryan Bertrand who delivered a curling ball into the box from a good distance out. It came to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who boxed out Virgil Van Dijk and got his head to the delivery, and flicked it behind him. Andrew Robertson made the fatal error of overplaying the ball, and Hojbjerg’s header fell right at the feet of a now wide-open Long who poked it past Alisson.

With Champions League play returning midweek before a meeting with Chelsea next weekend, Liverpool desperately needs a result today at St. Mary’s. However, Southampton is on a run of three wins in its last four and has clearly come to play in front of the home fans. Long got free again and nearly managed to put the home side 2-0 up in the 19th minute, but whiffed on a cross with just the goalkeeper to beat.

Mane leads Liverpool past Bayern Munich (video)

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  • Mane bags brace
  • Gnabry, Lewandowski force Matip own goal
  • Milner finds Van Dijk for goal

Sadio Mane scored two goals and was an all-around menace as Liverpool defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to score a berth in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after a scoreless first leg.

Virgil Van Dijk also scored for the Reds, who conceded via a Joel Matip own goal in the win.

The quarterfinal draw is Friday morning. Four of the eight quarterfinalists are from the Premier League.

Andy Robertson picked up a yellow card in stoppage time, and will miss the first leg of the next round.

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Liverpool made an early change when Jordan Henderson was hurt, bringing Fabinho into the XI.

Out of nothing, Roberto Firmino lashed a shot wide of Manuel Neuer’s far post.

Liverpool then took the lead on a horrible mistake from Neuer, as Mane turned him inside out on the edge of the 18 and swept a shot across the line.

Robert Lewandowski then bounced a shot to Alisson, as Bayern knew it would need to score twice without conceding.

Neuer stopped a marauding Andy Robertson at the near post in the 34th minute.

It all went level in the 39th minute, as Serge Gnabry cooked Robertson and Joel Matip‘s desperation bid to clear Gnabry’s cross toward Lewandowski went into the goal.

David Alaba zipped a free kick over the wall that Alisson Becker saved, and it remained 1-1 into halftime.

Mohamed Salah stung the palms of Neuer with a 50th minute rocket, as Liverpool looked for a goal to put victory firmly in its grasp.

Lewandowski then just missed a Gnabry cross before Bayern gave the Reds a pair of corner kicks.

The second was James Milner‘s assist on Van Dijk’s thumped back post header, and Liverpool was in very good shape with a little more than 20 minutes to play in Munich.

Salah could’ve earned a penalty after contact in the box but fought through it and had a chance denied by Bayern.

Substitute Renato Sanches missed wide with an 83rd minute effort to tie the second leg.

And in the end, Mane was just too much. The Senegalese star completed his brace in the 84th minute.

Five-star Liverpool smokes Watford at Anfield (video)

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  • Mane brace sets new single-season best for PL goals
  • Van Dijk nabs two in second half
  • Fourth-straight LFC clean sheet in all comps

Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk each scored twice as Liverpool smashed Watford 5-0 to emphatically mark the end of a slow offensive stretch and keep its Premier League lead on Wednesday at Anfield.

Divock Origi also scored for the Reds, who lead Manchester City by a single point and close to within six of the second place side on goal differential.

Trent Alexander-Arnold recorded three assists in the win.

Watford fails to take advantage of Wolves’ loss to Huddersfield Town, remaining in 7th place on 40 points.

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Fresh from watching at Old Trafford, Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold served up a tremendous cross for the Reds’ opening goal. Mane’s headed finish was his 13th goal of the season.

Mane made it 2-0 with a splended bit of invention after a poor first touch, giving Alexander-Arnold his second assist of the night with a chopped back heel effort that fooled a charging Ben Foster.

Mohamed Salah hit the bar with a bid to make it 3-0 and James Milner‘s rebound shot was caught by Foster, Liverpool not relenting despite its advantage.

Origi and Van Dijk then scored, with Van Dijk then rounding out the scoring by powering an Andrew Robertson cross over the line.

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