Liverpool Match Ratings
Wembley was colorful as ever as Liverpool played Barcelona in their international champions cup fixture. Even if it is a friendly, playing against Barcelona is a tough task for any team. Liverpool had this challenge and with a week to go for the premiere league to kick off, this game was the perfect warm up to the big season ahead. The Reds demolished Barcelona with an astonishing score line of 4-0 and the fans went crazy with this performance. Let us look at how the players fared on the occasion.
Simon Mignolet – 7
The goalkeeper did a good job as he made two impressive saves from Turan and his former team mate Suarez. Mignolet needed some game time to get his confidence back and this game will do him good.
Nathaniel Clyne – 6
Clyne was looking good with the runs but needs more defensive stability in his game. The right back was caught out of position a few times and will need to improve upon that.
Dejan Lovren – 7
Not only did he manage to help his side keep a clean sheet, but made some impressive tackles and was good in defending Suarez.
Ragnar Klavan – 7
Partnered well with Lovren at the back and was confident defending the dangerous Barcelona attacks. He looks likely to start once the league starts.
James Milner – 6
Had a tough time defending Messi but except that he was pretty good in defence. Milner was also making runs but ended up leaving the field injured.
Emre Can – 6
The defensive midfielder was looking in good shape but was not at his best as he was lacking the pace and the zeal which he had last season. However, we can hope that with more game time he will be back to his best before the season starts.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 7
Played at a central position as opposed to his favored attacking position but did a good job in holding the ball and maneuvering it across the pitch.
Adam Lallana – 8
Lallana had a really good game as his combination with Mane led to the first goal. Was looking sharp throughout the game and showed some flashes of brilliance later on as well.
Sadio Mane – 9
The best player on the pitch for Liverpool and one can clearly see why Klopp was delighted on his arrival at Anfield. Looks like a great prospect for the club.
Philippe Coutinho – 7
The Brazilian was looking sharp in attack and looks back in form for the season. He along with Mane and Lallana can really make a difference in attacking midfield.
Roberto Firmino – 6
Firmino played as the lone striker but was juggling between attacking midfield and striker position. Had a decent game.
Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet
Newcastle United are interested in Dominic Solanke, according to the Newcastle Chronicle (h/t Liverpool Echo). The report claims that the club is also looking at another Liverpool striker, Divock Origi.
The club already have a couple of players on loan from English sides, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, and would not be allowed to make another loan move in the January window.
Solanke has struggled for game time this season and hasn’t played a single minute of football for the senior side. The 21-year-old did score a goal for the Reds in the Premier League last season and made 21 appearances in the competition.
However, only five of those were starts and the youngster hasn’t featured in any of the cup games this season either. Minutes on the pitch will be tough for the Englishman as Liverpool prefer Roberto Firmino to lead the attack.
Daniel Sturridge has seen a revival in his Anfield career this season and has four goals to his name in all competitions.
Solanke does need time on the pitch to get better and it will be interesting to see if we are willing to let him leave in the winter window or not.
Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery
The Senegalese star’s surgery was supervised by our medics and was successful. The report adds that Mane’s recovery will be monitored in the coming days ahead of our clash against Huddersfield on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is on a bit of a goal drought as he hasn’t scored for club or country since September 1. Mane’s last goal came in the 2-1 win over Leicester and the 26-year-old doesn’t even have an assist to his name since scoring that goal against the Foxes.
Liverpool need their top stars to be firing but have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Huddersfield clash. Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and James Milner all have issues that the club have to keep an eye on but we could see a couple of them start against the Terriers.
The Reds haven’t won a game since their 3-0 triumph over Southampton on 22nd September, but we should start as favourites against a win-less Huddersfield.
It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp does with his team. We don’t have tough fixtures until te game against Arsenal November 3, and this is the ideal time for the manager to rotate the squad.
Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.
Barcelona interested in January swoop for 29-year-old Liverpool star
The Croatian has a couple of starts for the Reds this season, with one coming in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last week.
The 29-year-old has seen his spot in the starting XI taken up by Joe Gomez. Liverpool seem to prefer a centre-back pairing of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, and that has seen us concede just three goals in eight Premier League games.
The La Liga champions are facing a bit of a crisis at the back, as per the report. Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen are out for a while and that only leaves Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as the fit central defenders in the team.
Barcelona haven’t looked invincible this season and have conceded nine goals in eight games. They sit second in the league behind Sevilla and have won just four of their opening eight games in the competition.
Lovren, for his part, recently came back from an injury he picked up during the World Cup. The Croatian looked in decent touch against Manchester City and selling him in January would be a big risk taken by the Reds.
Liverpool only have Joel Matip as their other senior central defender and we need to keep the Croatian at the club until the end of the season just in case there’s an injury crisis.
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