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Full Time: Liverpool 4-0 Brighton

Liverpool pulled off a sensational 4-0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield as the season came to an end. We have been through several ups and downs this term but nothing can undermine the success of our team this season.

The win means that we have finished the season unbeaten at Anfield. We also managed to finish in the top-four and now we have booked a spot in next term’s Champions League as well. To truly take things to the next level, Mohamed Salah beat Harry Kane to win the coveted Golden Boot. Regardless of how we fare at Kiev, this has undeniably been a good season for us. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how our players fared against Brighton.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Loris Karius – 7/10

Made some routine saves and secured a clean sheet.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8.5/10

Finished the season in style with a marauding display. He attacked and defended with equal gusto and his performance was the perfect way to end a good season.

Virgil van Dijk – 8/10

A clean defensive performance from van Dijk, who only seems to be getting better with every passing game.

Dejan Lovren – 9/10

Despite all the criticism, Lovren seems to be determined to prove his naysayers wrong. He scored a goal, defended admirably and his partnership with van Dijk is truly taking shape.

Andy Robertson – 8/10

Provided the cross for Lovren’s goal and chipped in with one later on. Impressive show from the left-back.

Jordan Henderson – 8.5/10

Henderson dominated the midfield like nobody’s business and he was one of the most influential players on the field.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7/10

Maintained momentum in the middle of the park and contributed well to the attack.

Roberto Firmino – 7/10

Was deployed in a deeper role but that did not stop the Brazilian from attacking.

Mohamed Salah – 9.5/10

Despite being marked tightly, Salah scored a sensational goal which secured his Golden Boot award. He also provided a generous assist to set up Solanke’s goal.

Sadio Mane – 7/10

It was a bit odd to see Mane in the line-up since he is suffering from an injury. His movement was top-notch but it is clear that the Senegalese star is in dire need of some rest.

Dominic Solanke – 8/10

A well-deserved goal from the youngster, who put in a solid all-around performance.

Subs:

Adam Lallana – 7/10

Lallana put in a fine performance and his impact was rather immediate.

Ben Woodburn – N/A

Came on too late, which is rather unfortunate for the youngster.

Danny Ings – N/A

Did not have enough time to make an impact.

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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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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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