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Liverpool repeated their heroics from last season as they registered a 2-1 win over Chelsea. The Reds started the game brightly as Dejan Lovren scored from a Philippe Coutinho cross. Jordan Henderson doubled the lead with a great goal from way outside the box.

Chelsea looked toothless in the first half but came roaring back in the second. Diego Costa got the goal for the Blues but they were unable to get the equaliser. The Reds were magnificent, especially in the first half and here are the player ratings for the Liverpool side.

Simon Mignolet – 7/10

The Belgian goalkeeper didn’t really have a lot to do in the game. He couldn’t do much to stop the Chelsea goal and did keep a strong Diego Costa shot out.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7/10

The English defender surprisingly had an easy outing against Eden Hazard. Clyne was his usual self as he bombed up and down the pitch for the Reds.

Joel Matip – 7/10

Matip had a brilliant first half and he would have gotten a 9/10 had he not decided to go to ground easily which led to Diego Costa’s goal.

Dejan Lovren – 8/10

The Croatian defender made his return to the starting XI and scored an important goal for the Reds. Lovren was also great in defence as he kept Diego Costa in check for most of the game.

James Milner – 7/10

Left-back is not his natural position but Milner was good in this role and ensured Willian did not get a foothold in the game.

Jordan Henderson – 8/10

A goal of the season contender already, Henderson scored an incredible goal from way outside the box. Barring that, he controlled the midfield really well and this was his best game of the season.

Adam Lallana – 7/10

A bagful of energy, Adam Lallana was all about running. He might not have gotten on the score sheet but he was great with his link-up play with the rest of the team.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10

Another game where Wijnaldum didn’t really do much for the side, as he was decent with his passing but we still do not know what his role in the side is.

Sadio Mane – 7/10

Mane was really threatening for the side in the first half but his energy levels were sapped in the second.

Philippe Coutinho – 6/10

The Brazilian had his moments in the first half but like the rest of the Liverpool players, he lost his way in the second half.

Daniel Sturridge – 5/10

The English striker looked out of sorts for most of the game; he did have a few good touches but was substituted early in the second half of the game.


Divock Origi – 6/10

The Belgian striker was brought on to replace Sturridge early in the second half but didn’t really do much for the Reds.

Lucas Leiva – NA

Lucas barely had anything to do in the game and was booked for a challenge on Hazard.

Kevin Stewart – NA

The youngster was brought on in the dying minutes of the game and could not make an impact.

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Newcastle United interested in signing highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool starlet



Dominic Solanke

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.

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Dominic Solanke

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.

Read more: “Special type of player” – Some Liverpool fans believe on-loan youngster is a future star after a fantastic free-kick

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.

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Liverpool injury update: Reds confirm that star attacker has undergone a successful surgery



Sadio Mane

Liverpool have confirmed via their official website that star attacker Sadio Mane underwent hand surgery on an injury he picked up during international duty.

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.

Read more: Liverpool charter private jet to fly injured superstar back to the UK – a blow to the Reds

Mane is an important player for the team but he should only play when he is 100% fit.

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Barcelona interested in January swoop for 29-year-old Liverpool star



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Dejan Lovren is on the short-list for Barcelona ahead of the January window, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Express).

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.

Dejan Lovren Virgil van Dijk Liverpool

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.

Read more: “It’s gone great”, “Another one” – Some Liverpool fans curse luck with star player picking up injury

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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