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Fabinho 8/10, Wijnaldum 9/10 – Here’s how the Liverpool stars fared in the 3-0 thrashing of Bournemouth

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Liverpool against Bournemouth

Liverpool against Bournemouth

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League in excellent fashion, courtesy of a 3-0 win over Bournemouth. The Reds were coming into the game on the back of a couple of 1-1 draws and had seen Manchester City overtake them in the Premier League.

Bournemouth were going to be tricky opponents but Liverpool had Georginio Wijnaldum returning to the starting XI and Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were also on the bench. Sadio Mane scored the opener via a header before Wijnaldum made it 2-0 in the first half with a quality finish.

The third goal was the move of the match as Mohamed Salah slotted past the Bournemouth keeper after a backheel from Roberto Firmino in the box. The Reds now hold a three-point lead before City play Chelsea on Sunday. This was an excellent performance from the Reds with several players starring.

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Alisson – 7/10

Alisson made a decent save from Ryan Fraser early in the game, but wasn’t troubled too much by the Cherries.

James Milner – 7/10

The Englishman did a much better job as the right-back today when compared to the clash against West Ham. Milner also picked up an assist for the first goal.

Liverpool Sadio Mane Virgil van Dijk

Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk against West Ham

Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

The Dutch defender had a relatively easy game and was back to his best after a couple of iffy performances.

Joel Matip – 7/10

Matip also had a decent outing at the back, and there were a couple of great runs from the Cameroon defender too.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

Provided a perfect cross for Wijnaldum to score, and the Scot did his usual bit down the left flank.

Fabinho – 8/10

Another fantastic performance from the Brazilian as he looked comfortable in the defence and the attack.

Naby Keita – 8/10

This was Keita’s best performance since West Ham on the opening day. The Guinea midfielder created the third goal with a beautiful pass and will hope for similar performances in the coming weeks.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 9/10

Wijnaldum was the star of the game as he proved how important he is to the side. The Dutch midfielder scored a brilliant lob over Artur Boruc and has been missed a lot in recent games.

Mohamed Salah – 8/10

Salah scored the third goal of the game and looked in better form playing on the right rather than down the middle.

Roberto Firmino – 8/10

The Brazilian had chances to score but couldn’t make the most of it. However, his backheel to Salah was something else.

Sadio Mane – 8/10

Another game where Mane scored the first goal of the game. The Senegalese headed home a cross early on and calmed some nerves.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6/10

Great to see the Englishman back and he could have scored too.

Daniel Sturridge – NA

Another game, another late cap.

Read more: Liverpool star urges fans to recreate the atmosphere from the 2013-14 season

Divock Origi – NA

Came on late in the game.

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Klopp wants to keep experienced star at Liverpool despite interest from European giants

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose Dejan Lovren in the summer

Calciomercato claims that AC Milan will find it difficult to sign Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender recently returned to the Reds for pre-season training, and report claims that the Reds value Lovren at €25million.

The 30-year-old was not a regular starter for us last season due to injuries and the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

However, the Croatian is one of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League, and the report adds that Jurgen Klopp admires Lovren’s leadership at the back.

The report claims that this is one reason why Klopp wants to keep Lovren in the team for as long as possible.

Liverpool won’t let Lovren go on the cheap

The report adds that Liverpool are looking to get the complete €25m for Lovren and are not willing to reduce his price.

Milan would have to match the valuation for Liverpool to even consider selling the Croatian (h/t Calciomercato).

The Reds have signed Sepp van den Berg, a young centre-back, in the summer, however, Klopp’s thought process regarding Lovren makes a lot of sense.

The Croatian hasn’t made any noises of wanting to leave and did a decent job in most of his games last season.

Signing a senior defender for the upcoming season would not be easy, and the Croatian has a great relationship with most of the Liverpool players, such as Mohamed Salah.

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Lovren’s experience is certainly great for a young Liverpool team, and it will be interesting to see what our actions are in the summer window.

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“I would say yes”: Klopp opens up on where Liverpool star’s future lies

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp claims Mignolet’s future is with Reds

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Simon Mignolet would be staying despite the keeper being unsure about his playing time at the club (h/t Daily Mail).

Alisson was signed last summer, and the Brazilian has been excellent with the Reds.

The keeper won the Golden Glove in the Champions League and the Premier League, and won the Copa America this summer.

Simon Mignolet in action

Alisson was also the Man of the Match in our 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final.

However, Klopp was certain that Mignolet would stay, and praised his professionalism last season (h/t Daily Mail):

“Yes, (it’s) how I’ve heard.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months – not weeks. Before we left (for the summer break) we had talk. I would say yes (he stays).”

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

Klopp added that the Reds need quality players in all positions, and that was the situation with our goalkeepers:

“At a club like Liverpool you need two number ones in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon.

“It’s a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

Mignolet needs more games at Liverpool

The Belgian only played two games for the first-team last season, with those appearances coming in the domestic cups.

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Mignolet needs to play regularly as he is in the prime of his goalkeeping career, and the Reds should offer him the same next season.

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The Reds are in additional competitions this season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with the Belgian.

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Liverpool turn to veteran keeper to solve current injury crisis

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds move for Andy Lonergan to solve keeper issue

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds have moved for former Preston North End goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to solve their problems between the sticks.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp has brought in the 35-year-old keeper who last played for Middlesbrough.

Lonergan is set to travel to the US for our tour of North America, according to the report, as Simon Mignolet is the only fit senior keeper Liverpool have.

Andy Lonergan

Alisson is away on a break after winning the Copa America while the Reds have seen two young keepers pick up injuries.

Caoimhin Kelleher is out with a wrist injury, Vitezslav Jaros injured his ankle ligaments while Kamil Grabara is yet to report for duty after his U21 Euro exploits with Poland.

Mignolet had to play almost the entirety of our pre-season friendly against Bradford with Dan Atherton being given a few minutes last night.

Lonergan not signing a deal with Liverpool

The report adds that the 35-year-old keeper will not sign a contract with Liverpool, and is unlikely to play in the US games.

Simon Mignolet in action

Liverpool play Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon in this part of the pre-season tour.

Lonergan is a well-travelled keeper, with stints at Rochdale, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Wolves.

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Liverpool have won both of their pre-season games so far, and their first clash of the season is against Norwich on 9th August.

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