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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.

Liverpool Player Ratings

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.

Substitutes

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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“Liverpool are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants

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Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich’s German international Joshua Kimmich has installed Liverpool as favourites ahead of the Champions League round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich.

The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):

“Liverpool are the favourites.

“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”

Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool

Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp

The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.

“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”

Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.

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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.

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19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer

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Joao Felix

Joao Felix

Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).

The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.

However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.

Liverpool's Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent

Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan

Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.

Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.

We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.

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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.

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Liverpool will reject any moves for this 26-year-old star as they aren’t a “selling club” any more

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Mohamed Salah

Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool know they can reject offers for Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has been linked with a move to Juventus with the Italian club paying £44m and sending Paulo Dybala the other way, according to reports (h/t Express).

The Egyptian has been in excellent form since signing from AS Roma, however, the Express adds that Liverpool will reject any bid for the 26-year-old.

The report adds that Liverpool are not seen as a selling club any more and Jurgen Klopp has transformed the club into a final destination for players.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah all signed new deals in recent months and will remain at the club till 2023, according to the Express.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

A financial expert further weighed in on the matter and highlighted the club’s recent profits too (h/t Express):

“Liverpool are no longer a selling club. After posting profits of £125m they can resist any offers.”

Anfield is home

This is a welcome change when compared to earlier seasons where our top players went off to other clubs.

Philippe Coutinho was the most recent example as he left the Reds for Barcelona, but he did create a bit of a scene before leaving Anfield.

Luis Suarez was another player that swapped the Reds for the Catalan club while we lost the likes of Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso too for various reasons.

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The Reds are possibly in the best health as a club on and off the field during the Premier League era, and hopefully, all this translates into some form of success with a trophy coming home.

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