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Liverpool ‘Targeting Summer Switch For Monaco Winger Christian Koffi’ Branded The Next Sadio Mane

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Jurgen Klopp is already plotting a move for the perfect understudy for Sadio Mane – Monaco wonderkid Christian Koffi.

Teenager Koffi has been branded the ‘next Sadio Mane’ by French newspaper L’Equipe , who are linking Liverpool to a summer move.

Winger Koffi is out of contract at the end of the season which would allow the Reds to pinch him for a nominal fee, set by a tribunal, with the youngster stalling in talks with a fresh deal on the table.

Koffi has come through the Monaco academy, helping the under 17s to second place in their division last season, and is highly rated around Europe.

He is seen as a potential alternative to long term Klopp target Thomas Lemar – who is also wanted by Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Dirk Kuyt spots the brilliant unseen Mohamed Salah moment from Liverpool’s victory over Manchester City

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for Liverpool on Wednesday night as the Reds produced a superb first leg quarter-final Champions League win over Manchester City – but it wasn’t his goal that left Dirk Kuyt applauding, writes Mirror Football’s Thomas Bristow.

Shortly after the 25-year-old’s strike, Liverpool earned a free-kick in a threatening position.

However, Milner’s set piece was cleared and the visitors immediately burst on the counter attack, led by the pacy Leroy Sane.

Salah then proceeded to produce a defensive run that covered almost the entire length of the pitch.

Eventually catching up with Sane, the German shot just off target. It could easily be believed that Salah’s sheer presence was enough to put off the City winger.

Salah’s defensive actions didn’t go unnoticed, and they got Reds legend Kuyt tweeting.

The Dutchman posted: “Scoring goals for fun every match, but this defensive run was vital for the 3-0 score last night. What a game and what a player @ 22mosalah.

“Champions league nights at Anfield, always special!”

Jurgen Klopp in awe of “outstandingly good” Trent Alexander-Arnold display against Manchester City

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is in awe of “outstandingly good” Trent Alexander-Arnold, writes Mirror Football’s Alex Richards.

The young full-back put in a coming of age display against in-form Leroy Sane, as the Reds beat Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.

Alexander-Arnold, 19, has come in for recent criticism after struggling to cope with Marcus Rashford against Manchester United, and a difficult afternoon against Wilf Zaha in the recent win over Crystal Palace.

But Klopp has kept faith in the young full-back and was rewarded with a standout performance as the Reds ran riot against the Premier League leaders.

And the German was delighted at how Alexander-Arnold has reacted after recent difficulties.

“He did brilliant,” said Klopp, speaking to Liverpool’s official website. “He got criticism after [Manchester] United and after Crystal Palace – not internal but people are always quick with that.

“But then the best thing is to respond in a football way and that is obviously what Trent did. I was happy for him that he could show that performance.

“It’s really pretty rare that Sane had pretty much nothing for finishing, making goals, stuff like that. It was outstandingly good to be honest.”

Courtesy: mirror.co.uk

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