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Klopp Backs Old Boys To Step Up

Jurgen Klopp expects his old boys to rise to the challenge as Liverpool’s new arrivals continue to raise the bar at Anfield. Klopp enjoyed a busy summer in the transfer market, signing Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to increase pressure on places.

Competition in the midfield areas looks particularly fierce, with Keita and Fabinho costing almost £100million combined and the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum all hoping to retain prominent roles.

Keita’s debut in the 4-0 win over West Ham last week left pundits purring but Klopp, speaking ahead of tonight’s trip to Crystal Palace, sees quality throughout.

“We talk about Naby Keita, that’s good, he’s new. The world is like that. When it’s new it’s fantastic,” he told the club’s official website.

“What you already have (must say) ‘yeah, I’m still here too’. James Milner made big steps in the last three years, that’s the truth.

“I don’t want to judge his career but it feels like it’s the best moment of his career.

“Gini Wijnaldum, no-one speaks about him. He can play the ‘six’ and the ‘eight’ in the way I don’t know many players can. They don’t talk about him.

“We only spoke about these three but Fabinho didn’t play a minute so far and we expect big things from him. Adam Lallana, a long time injured. There’s Xherdan Shaqiri too.”

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