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Liverpool morning headlines as Jack Butland transfer stance confirmed and Roberto Firmino boost given – Liverpool Echo

Here are your Liverpool morning headlines for Sunday, October 11.

Liverpool not interested in Jack Butland

Liverpool are not in negotiations to sign Jack Butland from Stoke City.

Reports on Sunday morning had claimed that the Reds were ready to bring the England international to Anfield after Alisson Becker was injured in training before Liverpool’s defeat at Aston Villa.

Number two goalkeeper Adrian made a huge error for Villa’s opening goal but Liverpool won’t be looking to sign another goalkeeper before the EFL deadline passes.

Full transfer update here.

Firmino’s different Brazil role

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino netted twice for Brazil in their 5-0 rout of Bolivia this week to showcase his goalscoring potential.

However, as outlined by the ECHO , Reds fans should not expect the 29-year-old to start freely scoring for the club again as his role under Jurgen Klopp is very different.

Firmino started in a central position for his nation, flanked by Neymar and Everton Soares, while for Liverpool he plays in a more withdrawn role behind both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Firmino has scored just twice since January for Liverpool and only netted his first Anfield goal last season in the final game of the campaign at the ground, against Chelsea in a 5-3 win.

The Brazilian’s role is adapted to benefit the team, rather than his own strengths, under Klopp.

Ferguson’s Klopp fears came true

Liverpool fans will still be reeling from last week’s shock 7-2 loss at Aston Villa but the defeat should be kept in perspective, as explained by the ECHO .

Klopp has transformed the Reds in his five years at the helm and is beginning to emulate shades of what Sir Alex Ferguson achieved at Manchester United.

The Scot dominated English football for over two decades and Klopp is building something similar at Anfield – United suffered many hammerings during that time so these one-off games should not be dwelt upon too much.

Ferguson said in 2016: “He (Klopp) has done a really good job and revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm.

“It can happen that big clubs lose it. For two decades, Liverpool changed managers without building their own identity.

“You can now well and truly sense that you have to count them in this year. You can see Klopp’s dedication on the sideline, I’m convinced his work in training is similar.

“He’s a strong personality. That’s absolutely vital at a big club. I’m worried about him because the one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to get above us.”

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Likely Reds side for Merseyside derby

Liverpool will be keen to bounce back to winning ways following their heavy loss at Aston Villa in next week’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

The Reds are unbeaten in 22 games against Everton but have scored just once in their last four visits across the city. And Klopp will be without one key player for the clash.

Adrian will continue to deputise in goal for the injured Alisson Becker while the defence is likely to remain the same, with Fabinho remaining in midfield to combat the physical presence of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Jordan Henderson is likely to return to the starting XI, although the game may come too soon for a start for Thiago Alcantara, who has played just 45 minutes this season and has just recovered from Covid-19.

One of Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita is likely to retain their place while Mane, if fit, will replace Diogo Jota in attack.

Predicted Liverpool XI: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

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