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Full Time: Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City

Anfield was witness to another incredible European night as Liverpool hammered Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final first leg. The Reds were the only team to have defeated the Cityzens in the Premier League and repeated that feat at a noisy and energetic Anfield stadium.

A lot of attacking was done in the first half alone when we scored three goals in 30 minutes to effectively put the game to bed.

The scoring started with Mohamed Salah lashing from home from close range after Roberto Firmino won the ball back in the penalty area in the 12th minute.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made it two after 20 minutes, with a thunderbolt from 20 yards out before Sadio Mane headed home from Salah’s cross in the 31st minute.

Jurgen Klopp has now won seven of his 13 ties against Pep Guardiola and with another big game coming up against Everton at the weekend, the players have to be up for it given that we are still fighting for a top-four finish.

Nevertheless, this was an incredible performance at Anfield and here’s how the boys fared on the night.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Loris Karius – 7.5/10

Karius didn’t really have to make any stunning save, which was rather surprising. His kicking was spot on and hopefully, he will not be troubled too much in the second leg.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8.5/10

Facing Leroy Sane is one thing but ensuring the German doesn’t get the better of you is something else. Trent was brilliant against Sane and kept him quiet throughout the game.

Dejan Lovren – 8/10

It’s not often that we praise Lovren but credit where it is due. His partnership with Virgil van Dijk was excellent against City.

Virgil van Dijk – 8/10

A clean sheet against Manchester City is a big deal and Van Dijk was the leader at the back, keeping the back four in check all the time.

Andrew Robertson – 8.5/10

Robertson has got to be the bargain of the season as he put in another stellar performance. In the first half, he attacked with every chance he got but in the second half, he put in a disciplined performance given City’s dominance in possession.

Jordan Henderson – 8/10

This was a captain’s performance from Henderson as he kept our team running. Unfortunately, he will miss the second leg as he picked up a booking.

James Milner – 9/10

Milner was a destroyer in midfield as he pestered the City midfield and won the ball back for us to launch attacks.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 8/10

Ox’s goal was incredible and kept the pressure on the away side. The Englishman moved around a bit after Salah’s departure and this was another mature showing from the former Arsenal man.

Mohamed Salah – 9/10

Salah got the game running with a cool finish and assisted the third. He’s simply phenomenal, isn’t he?

Roberto Firmino – 8/10

Firmino was full of running and even though he did not trouble the opposition as much as Salah or Mane did, the Brazilian deserves credit for his performance.

Sadio Mane – 9/10

Mane might have had an off-day against Crystal Palace at the weekend but put in an incredible performance full of energy as he scored a crucial third goal for us.

Substitutes

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7/10

A typical Wijnaldum performance where he ran his heart out and kept possession for the team. Wijnaldum often tried to launch attacks too, as we looked to hit City on the counter, in the second half.

Dominic Solanke – 6.5/10

Solanke had his chances to get things right but his final ball was often lacking. He ran his socks off for the team.

Alberto Moreno – N/A

Moreno was brought on for Oxlade-Chamberlain with just a few minutes left on the clock.

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Liverpool youngster picks up ankle ligament damage during loan spell

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Liverpool youngster Marko Grujic has picked up ankle ligament damage during Hertha Berlin’s 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, as per Sky Sports.

The Serbian midfielder joined the Bundesliga side on a loan deal and has played four games for them. Hertha are currently second in the competition behind Bayern Munich with 10 points from four games.

Hertha’s general manager Michael Preetz was quoted by Sky Sports saying.

“Marko has managed to make a significant difference to our game in the short time he has been with us, which is why the loss for him personally and for us is very, very bitter.

“Now we will look after him and help him, so that he can play that role as soon as possible.”

The report adds that the midfielder had signed a new deal with the Reds before joining the Bundesliga side on loan and was part of the Serbian World Cup squad in Russia.

Grujic had a huge role to play in Cardiff’s promotion to the Premier League last season and did well in his three starts for Hertha this term.

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It will come as a bit of a blow for the youngster to miss out on game time but hopefully, he will not be out for long and return to full fitness quickly.

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(Video) Mohamed Salah hands Liverpool jersey to tearful young fan after win over Saints

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Mohamed Salah got on the scoresheet against Southampton over the weekend but also there was another moment that is being spoken about on social media.

The Egyptian broke his mini-drought as he scored from Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick and he also had a few chances to make it two in the game.

The former AS Roma forward hasn’t been at his free-scoring best from last season but is slowly regaining his mojo in front of the goal.

Wayne Dunlop posted a video of his son on Twitter. The child was holding up a sign after the match at Anfield and Salah gave the youngster his shirt from the game.

It is an emotional video of the Twitter user’s son, Lewis, tearing up as the Egyptian hands him the shirt he wore during the game.

Salah even responded to the video uploaded and Wayne was very happy that his son received such a fantastic piece of memorabilia from Anfield.

The Egyptian is one of the best footballers in the world but it is moments like these that ensure the fans love players more.

Salah could have ignored the young fan and walked down the tunnel but he took time out to make the fan happy.

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The 25-year-old is yet to hit top gear but it only seems like a matter of time before the goals start raining for the Liverpool forward.

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Jurgen Klopp dispels injury concern after surprise substitution against Southampton

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Xherdan Shaqiri started for Liverpool in the clash against Southampton and was instrumental in our a 3-0 lead at half-time.

His shot was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt for our first goal and his free-kick was slotted into an open net by Mohamed Salah for our third.

It was a little surprising that Jurgen Klopp decided to take the Swiss star off at half-time and replace him with James Milner.

Shaqiri was our most impressive attacker on Saturday as he played an advanced role behind our front three.

However, Milner came onto the pitch and we played with three central midfielders, something Klopp has used to great effect throughout his time at Liverpool.

The German spoke to the club’s official website as he explained he wanted more control in the game and that’s why he took Shaqiri off.

“I said to Shaq at half-time that I had never brought a player off after such an influential time without an injury. He is not injured. But I wanted to control the game and go back to our normal formation. And that helped, we really controlled it.”

The manager further added that it was not easy to make the change, given how influential Shaqiri was in the first half.

Klopp did explain the change to Shaq but playing the Swiss star had an impact on our defence and that was a problem for the manager.

“The only problem was defensively. Offensively, it was a good idea but, how I said, we have to work on that more often. But he was good and I liked it.”

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The 26-year-old had a fantastic game and it will be great to see him play more games if he can have the same sort of impact in the coming months.

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