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Shaqiri shines: Player ratings as Liverpool defeat Southampton 3-0

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Liverpool made it six wins out of six in the Premier League after beating Southampton easily at Anfield.

The Reds defeated the Saints 3-0, thanks to goals from Wesley Hoedt (OG), Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah. All the goals came in the first half as Liverpool were dominant but Southampton did have a couple of good crosses before the break.

Xherdan Shaqiri was at the heart of everything good creatively for Liverpool but he was taken off at half-time.

The Swiss star was incredible for the Reds and he did a great job. Liverpool sit pretty on top of the Premier League table now and here are the player ratings from the game.

Alisson – 6.5/10

Alisson had one save to make in the game but dealt with some testing crosses well, as he kept another clean sheet.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

The youngster had a decent enough game and put in some devilish crosses in the first half as Liverpool dominated early on.

Joel Matip – 7/10

Matip started for the first time this season and he did look slow a couple of times. Gave the ball away on one instance but scored the second of the game from a corner.

Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

Van Dijk was excellent until a rib injury took him out in the second half. Hopefully, it isn’t a serious injury for the Dutchman.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

Robbo was another player who wasn’t tested much but rampaged to join the attack from time to time.

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Jordan Henderson – 7/10

The captain wasn’t tested a lot and even made some lung-bursting runs down the line for the Reds.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

The Dutch midfielder was immense in the first half and kept things ticking in the heart of the park.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 8/10

What a first-half from the 26-year-old! Shaqiri created the first and third goals and was brilliant in his attacking midfielder’s role. The Swiss star was taken off at half-time but he could receive a start in the Carabao Cup clash against Chelsea midweek.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

Salah finally scored but it came off a wicked Shaqiri free-kick that cannoned off the bar. The Egyptian should have scored a second or even a third but the linesman ruled one chance offside.

Sadio Mane – 7/10

The former Saint was difficult to deal with but was unlucky not to have scored after a few quality breaks on the counter.

Roberto Firmino – 7/10

Firmino had his chances to score but he did his regular bit of running around and creating havoc without exerting himself much.

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James Milner – 7/10

Another game, another decent performance from the Englishman as he was brought on at half-time for Shaqiri.

Joe Gomez – 7/10

Van Dijk’s replacement came on and did a stellar job at keeping the Saints out.

Read more: Barcelona interested in swooping for Liverpool’s 26-year-old Spanish star

Naby Keita – NA

The former Leipzig man came on in the second half but didn’t do much despite having close to 20 minutes on the pitch.

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

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Sadio Mane

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has sustained a broken thumb, according to reports (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The star was with the national side when the injury occurred during training, and the Liverpool Echo claims Mane would be assessed by the club once he returns to Melwood.

This is another injury that Jurgen Klopp has to deal with from the international break. Virgil van Dijk is still suffering from a rib problem while Mohamed Salah picked up a minor problem for Egypt.

The duo are expected to continue their treatment at Anfield, as per the report.

The 26-year-old Mane has four goals to his name this season, and it will be interesting to see if he plays against Huddersfield at the weekend. Liverpool are tied at the top of the table with Chelsea and Manchester City on 20 points.

Some Liverpool fans were cursing the international break for the number of injuries we picked up while a few believed this was good as Mane needed a rest.

Read more: Former Man United star weighs in on Mohamed Salah’s struggles this season

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Liverpool interested in signing 27-year-old superstar from Napoli

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Lorenzo Insigne

Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli superstar Lorenzo Insigne, according to Rai Sport (h/t Metro).

The Italian scored a late winner for the Serie A club in our Champions League loss a couple of weeks ago. The report adds that Chelsea are keeping an eye on the 27-year-old too and would rival the Reds for any bid on the Italian.

The attacker is known to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri during their time at Napoli. The report adds that any team looking to sign Insigne up would have to stump a huge fee since the player has four years left on his current deal.

The attacker has seven goals and an assist in all competitions for the Serie A side, so far, and helped them to second place in the league last season.

The report adds that Klopp wants more firepower for the Reds and Insigne could be the perfect fit at Anfield.

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Liverpool have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as quality wingers and added Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer. However, signing Insigne could make our attack one of the best in the world.

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The report adds it would be difficult for Insigne to switch clubs in the winter window and we would have to wait till the summer before we make a bid for the 27-year-old.

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“Fast becoming a legend” – Some fans laud Liverpool youngster’s performance in 3-2 win over Spain

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Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez put up another incredible perforce during the international break. The Liverpool youngster is a starter alongside Virgil van Dijk for the club and did a brilliant job in England’s 3-2 win over Spain.

The 21-year-old has started nine games for us in all competitions and Liverpool have only conceded three goals from eight Premier League games.

Gomez could grow even better with more games this season but the youngster was celebrating the England performance and put up an image of the team.

The Englishman should be in-line to start our game against Huddersfield at the weekend, and a number of fans showered praise on the 21-year-old for his 90 minutes against the Spanish.

Read more: “Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

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