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Jurgen Klopp urges established Liverpool players to step up following summer spree

Klopp urges Reds veterans to step up
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Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool's established players to step up their performances following the club's heavy investment in the summer transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool's established players to step up their performances following the club's heavy investment in the summer transfer window.

The Reds signed Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri for a combined total of around £175m as they bid to improve on last season's fourth-place finish in the Premier League.

With the Liverpool midfield having been especially strengthened this summer, the players who have been at Anfield prior to the summer will have seen their first-team places under threat.

"We talk about Naby Keita, that's good, he's new. The world is like that. When it's new it's fantastic," Klopp told the official club 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.

"Georginio 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."

Liverpool return to action on Monday with a trip to Crystal Palace.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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