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Mane gets 8.5, Lallana gets 8 – Liverpool player ratings from 4-2 win over Burnley

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Liverpool against Burnley

Liverpool vs Burnley ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool had to survive some scary moments as they defeated Burnley 4-2 at Anfield. The Reds knew that they had to win in order to keep the pressure on Manchester City and got off to the worst start.

Ashley Westwood scored directly from a corner but it should have been disallowed after as Alisson was fouled.

Liverpool didn’t waste a lot of time and scored via Roberto Firmino. Sadio Mane made it 2-1 before Firmino scored the third goal in the second half.

It seemed set to end 3-1 in our favour but Burnley scored in the dying minutes of the game. However, Mane made it comfortable once again with the fourth of the game.

The Reds needed the win ahead of their clash against Bayern Munich, and here are the player ratings for the home team.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 7/10

The Brazilian was booked for his remonstrations regarding the first goal and could have done better to stop the second from going in.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6/10

The Englishman had to be subbed off with a slight problem, and his deliveries weren’t great either.

Joel Matip – 7/10

Did a decent job at the back but he gave away the poor corner which led to us conceding the first goal.

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Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

This wasn’t as great a performance as it was against Everton but the Dutch defender had a decent game.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

The Scot gave some great deliveries into the box and the left-back also linked up well with the attack.

Fabinho – 7.5/10

The Brazilian did a decent job in the midfield and had some important interceptions too. Was booked after stopping a Burnley attack.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10

The midfielder didn’t have a great game but had a lot of running to do for the Reds.

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana against Burnley

Adam Lallana – 8/10

The old Lallana was back in the team. The Englishman was running about and putting in challenges. One such led to the second goal for us, and he had some great moments in the attack too.

Mohamed Salah – 8/10

Salah didn’t score but he created two goals and on another day, he probably would have found the back of the net.

Sadio Mane – 8.5/10

The most dangerous player for the Reds. He scored an important second goal and could have done more had it not been for misplaced passes with Salah.

Roberto Firmino – 8/10

The Brazilian was at the right place at the right time to score both goals, and his hard work will be important against Bayern.

Substitutes

Jordan Henderson – 5/10

Slotted in as the right-back once Trent Alexander-Arnold was substituted.

Naby Keita – NA

Came on for a few minutes.

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Daniel Sturridge – NA

Got an assist after coming on.

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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.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

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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