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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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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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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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