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Van Dijk and Mane get an 8.5 – Liverpool player ratings from emphatic 3-1 win over Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich vs Liverpool ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool produced their best away performance of the season at the Allianz Arena as they made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Reds came into the second leg after a 0-0 in the first one and knew scoring an away goal would be key to the tie.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a great turn and finish in the first half, but Joel Matip scored an own goal to give Bayern the equaliser.

The Reds still held onto the advantage due to the away goals rule and made it two with a fantastic Virgil van Dijk header from a James Milner corner.

Mohamed Salah then produced the pass of the night for Mane to head in, and we ran away 3-1 winners.

Liverpool were deserving winners from the clash, and here are the player ratings as the Reds marched on.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 7/10

The Brazilian couldn’t do much to stop the goal he conceded and barring one brilliant cross from Serge Gnabry, he was barely troubled.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8/10

The English youngster did a great job down the right and kept Franck Ribery in check. However, some of his deliveries weren’t great.

Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10

Created the first goal with a great pass to Mane, scored the all-important second and kept Robert Lewandowski in check for most of the game, another excellent night for Van Dijk.

Joel Matip – 7.5/10

Matip was unfortunate to score the own goal and had some trouble dealing with Lewandowski.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

The Scot was great all night with his running but he was caught out of position several times by Gnabry’s smart runs. Robbo also picked up a late booking and will miss the first leg of the quarter-finals.

Jordan Henderson – NA

The captain had to be subbed off early after an ankle problem.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7/10

Wijnaldum did a decent job in the middle of the park. He had a better second half as the game opened up.

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James Milner – 7.5/10

Milner’s passing wasn’t always on point but he was an important presence in the midfield. It was his cross that led to Van Dijk scoring from a corner.

Mohamed Salah – 8/10

Salah slowly grew into the game and caused havoc in the second half. He should have scored a couple but set up Mane with an incredible cross late on.

Roberto Firmino – 7.5/10

Worked himself to the ground and was nibbling at the Bayern team throughout the game.

Sadio Mane – 8.5/10

Mane is the man in form and his first goal was brilliant. The Senegal star’s header was important in ending Bayern’s hopes of making it to the next round too.

Substitutes

Fabinho – 7.5/10

Came onto the pitch and shored things up but got booked.

Divock Origi – NA

Got a few minutes and gave some rest to Firmino.

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Adam Lallana – NA

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French World Cup winner expresses admiration for relentless Liverpool side

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French superstar Kylian Mbappe amazed by ‘very good’ Liverpool

French superstar Kylian Mbappe has expressed his admiration for Liverpool amidst rumours linking him with a summer move to Anfield. (h/t Express)

The 21-year-old is the best young player on the planet and has expressed his admiration for Liverpool’s title charge this season.

Calling the Reds a ‘machine’, Mbappe has been impressed by Liverpool’s ability to attain a winning rhythm one match after the other.

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Kylian Mbappe was PSG’s top scorer in the previous campaign (Image credit: Getty)

Mbappe was full of praise for the Merseysiders’ focus as they extended their unbeaten run in the league to 39 games.

The Liverpool faithful will be pleased to see the attention they have got from the French striker. Mbappe continues to be linked to Liverpool in spite of Jurgen Klopp labelling the player too expensive. (h/t Times)

Mbappe, however, chose to remain coy on his future and went on to assert his commitment to helping PSG win titles this season.

“At the end of the season, we will see. But now I’m focused on my game.”

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Liverpool are 16 points clear at the top with a game in hand and look set to end the 30-year wait for the league title. The Reds have already crowned themselves World Champions and are on course for a treble. With the Reds going from strength to strength; it is no surprise that we are grabbing the attention of talents such as Mbappe.

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Liverpool open to selling this first-team star for €30m in the summer

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Liverpool are open to selling Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer

According to trusted Liverpool journalist James Pearce, Liverpool are open to selling Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer transfer window.

The Swiss international is reportedly a target for both AS Roma and Sevilla. Pearce goes on to say that Liverpool will dismiss any approach to loan the player this month but are willing to sanction a move away in the summer for a reported €30million.

Jurgen Klopp had already confirmed that no first-team player will leave the club this January as Liverpool look on course to win their first league title in 30 years. (h/t Express)

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Xherdan Shaqiri has struggled for game time this season (Image credit: Getty)

Shaqiri has been beset by injuries and has played a marginal role at Liverpool this season. The Swiss winger has made just 9 appearances for the Reds this season. (h/t Whoscored) Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino is also likely to further limit his time on the pitch.

Even when fit, the 28-year-old has found playtime hard to come by bringing into question, his future at the club. Liverpool also rejected approaches from Roma and AC Milan to take the player on loan this month.

With € 30 million considered to be enough for Liverpool to sell, it will represent a good profit for the Reds who signed Shaqiri for € 14.7 million in the summer of 2018. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Shaqiri played a key role in Liverpool’s success in 2018-19 and was an important rotation player. He famously came in for an injured Mohamed Salah as Liverpool overcame a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.

The winger now has half a season to audition himself for prospective suitors in the summer and given his quality, he shouldn’t have any problems in doing so.

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Shaqiri is a regular in the Swiss international team and has made 82 appearances for his country. He was nominated for the UEFA Nations League team of the tournament in 2019.

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Liverpool youngster’s loan with Belgian club cut short by injury

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Isaac Christie-Davies ‘s loan at Cercle Brugge cut short by injury

Youngster Isaac Christie-Davies ‘s loan at Belgian club Cercle Brugge has been cut short due to injury. (h/t Liverpool Echo)

The 22-year-old had joined the Belgian first division club earlier this month on a loan deal until the end of the season. Unfortunately for the youngster, his prospects of first-team football have been cut short due to a knee injury sustained in training.

Isaac Christie-Davies

The player under a successful surgery and posted on Instagram vowing to come back stronger. Christie-Davies was yet to have made his debut for Brugge.

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The 22-year-old joined Liverpool from Chelsea and made his debut last month in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Aston Villa.

Christie-Davies would have been the third Liverpool to head out on loan this month after Rhian Brewster and Nathaniel Phillips.

A versatile midfielder, the Welsh youth international is equally adept in central and left midfield. He can also play a more attacking central role with ease.

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Although born in Brighton, Christie-Davies has represented the Wales Under-21 side 2 times, since making his debut in 2018.

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