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Van Dijk and Mane get a 9, who gets a 9.5? – Liverpool player ratings from 5-0 win over Watford

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Liverpool players against Watford

Liverpool vs Watford ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool destroyed Watford 5-0 at Anfield to allay some fears of them running out of fuel in the Premier League race.

The Reds had drawn against Manchester United in their previous game and barely attacked an injury-plagued side.

However, from the first minute, the Reds attacked the Hornets and the first goal came early with Sadio Mane heading in a peach of a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Senegal star then combined with TAA to score the second with a brilliant backheel in the 20th minute.

More magic in the second half

The Reds didn’t let up and Divock Origi got on the score-sheet with a great finish after cutting in from the left. The Belgian played alongside Mohamed Salah and Mane and did a great job despite starting on the wing.

Salah had one of those games where he tormented the opposition but could not score. The Egyptian did hit the post, but he just couldn’t get enough clear-cut chances.

The thumping win was confirmed late on as Virgil van Dijk scored a brace thanks to crosses from TAA and Andy Robertson respectively.

The win kept us on top of the table despite Manchester City sneaking a 1-0 win over West Ham.

Our next tie is the Merseyside derby on Sunday, and here are the player ratings for the Reds.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 8/10

The Brazilian didn’t have much to do in the first half except keep the team ticking along from the back, but made one fantastic save from Andre Gray in the second.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 9.5/10

TAA had one of his best games this season as he provided three assists and was excellent in defending a tough Watford side too.

Virgil van Dijk – 9/10

The Dutch colossus was magnificent in keeping Troy Deeney quiet throughout the game. It was made all the more sweeter thanks to a couple of goals in the second half.

Joel Matip – 8.5/10

Matip might not have been the first choice partner for Van Dijk, but the Cameroon defender is certainly proving his worth with a quality performance.

Andy Robertson – 8.5/10

Robertson also provided a couple of assists, the second one to Van Dijk, as the Scot kept on piling the pressure down the left.

James Milner – 7.5/10

Milner started it all out with his pressing right from the kick-off, and he kept that energy up until he was subbed.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

Wijnaldum didn’t have to do much in midfield but kept things ticking in the middle of the park.

Fabinho – 8.5/10

The Brazilian was great in keeping Watford in check and had a couple of quality interceptions to keep the Hornets out.

Mohamed Salah – 7.5/10

The Egyptian played down the right and on another day he could have got a goal. Salah tormented the Watford defence but was just missing a bit of luck in the final third.

Divock Origi – 7.5/10

Origi did a lot of hard work down the left and was rewarded for his persistence with a goal. The Belgian certainly put in a shift and it will be interesting to see if he starts against Everton.

Sadio Mane – 9/10

Mane played down the middle and scored one brilliant header and a fantastic backheel too. The Senegal star could be the solution to our problems as Roberto Firmino is out with an injury.

Substitutes

Jordan Henderson – 7/10

The captain replaced Milner in the second half to keep things ticking along.

Adam Lallana – 6

The Englishman picked up some valuable minutes and tried his best to help in the attack.

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Naby Keita – NA

Got a few minutes for the side.

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Transfer Watch: Liverpool’s midfield target scores stunning hat-trick against Mainz

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Latest Liverpool news: Liverpool target James Rodriguez scores hat-trick for Bayern Munich

Liverpool have been linked with Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to El Confidencial (h/t Mirror).

The 27-year-old is on loan at Bayern Munich and is set to complete his two-year spell in the Bundesliga.

The report claims that Bayern might not sign the Colombian at the end of the two-year spell and Real would be looking to sell the former Monaco star.

Rodriguez hasn’t been consistent during his time in Germany, and he was poor in Bayern’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in their Champions League exit in midweek.

However, the Colombian returned to form for Bayern as they scored six past a hapless Mainz side

Rodriguez on fire against Mainz

The Colombian scored a brilliant hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Mainz as they kept their spot at the top of the Bundesliga.

The first goal wasn’t great but the second one was a screamer from outside the box. The Colombian then had the poise to chip the onrushing the keeper to complete his hat-trick.

Rodriguez could do a good job for us but his price point will be a big concern. The report suggests that Real would be looking at a minimum of £59m for the 27-year-old.

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The Colombian hasn’t been able to replicate his form from the 2014 World Cup at Real and Bayern, and maybe another change in scenery could get the attacker’s career back on track.

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La liga giants interested in 22-year-old Liverpool target starring in Germany

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Spanish giants interested in Liverpool target Julian Brandt

Julian Brandt is one of the brightest players in the Bundesliga, and Bild (h/t Calciomercato) reports that Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are interested in the 22-year-old.

The report claims that the Liverpool target has a release clause of €25m should Bayer Leverkusen fail to finish in the Champions League positions in the Bundesliga.

The top four in Germany make it to the Champions League with Leverkusen holding the sixth spot at the moment.

The report adds that the club is preparing for life without Brandt and the activation of the release clause.

Brandt lighting it up in the Bundesliga

The 22-year-old has scored four goals and provided nine assists in the Bundesliga this season. The German international can play in several positions across the pitch and it will be interesting to see where he lands up next season.

Liverpool could do with more attacking players, especially as cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Brandt would be a fantastic signing for the Reds given his age and potential, and his release clause isn’t that high either.

Jurgen Klopp has had a great run regarding his transfers with most of them performing well since moving to Anfield.

The Reds were busy in the transfer window in the summer and Klopp recently claimed that Liverpool would not spend huge in the summer.

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Klopp has built a formidable side at Anfield and we need just a few more quality signings to take us to another level.

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Liverpool to battle London giants for 19-year-old attacker with €30m release clause

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Liverpool interested in Benfica youngster Jota

Liverpool are interested in 19-year-old Benfica forward Jota, also known as Joao Filipe, according to the Telegraph.

The report claims that the forward has a release clause of €30million and the youngster made his breakthrough to the first-team recently.

Liverpool face competition from Tottenham and Arsenal as they keep tabs on the teenager. The report claims that Tottenham sent scouts to watch the youngster in action during the Europa League clash against Dinamo Zagreb.

The youngster can play out wide or as a central striker, and the report claims that Jota could be sold before participating in this years U20 World Cup in Poland.

Benfica holding tight to their stars

Jota is another talent coming through the Benfica academy and the report claims that their president will not allow players to leave below their respective release clauses.

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The report adds that Jota’s contract is up in 2022 and there are discussions to increase his release substantially by offering him a new deal.

Jota could be an exciting talent for the future and it is to be seen how we deal with this link. The Reds could do with more attacking options given that only Xherdan Shaqiri is an out-and-out winger in the first-team.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane don’t have a lot of competition on the wings and we have seen Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge play out wide this season.

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Spending €30m on a player with potential is certainly risky, however, Jurgen Klopp’s success rate with transfers at Liverpool has been high.

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