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Mane 8.5/10, Matip 8/10 – Here’s how the Liverpool stars fared in the crucial 2-1 win vs Fulham

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Fulham vs Liverpool ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool returned to the top of the table after beating a struggling Fulham 2-1. The game was made tougher than it should have been as we dominated the entire 90. The Reds took the lead, thanks to the man in form, Sadio Mane, after some great link-up play down the left.

Liverpool dominated the game and had several chances to extend the lead. Mane hit the crossbar with a great header and Mohamed Salah had numerous chances to score but it just wasn’t his day.

Former Liverpool star Ryan Babel had claimed he knew Virgil van Dijk’s weakness before the game, and he capitalised when the defender headed the ball to Alisson but the Brazilian couldn’t catch it.

Babel was left alone to slot the ball into the net in the second half and did not celebrate. It looked to be another painful draw for us but Sergio Rico hauled Mane down in the box just seven minutes after Fulham had made it 1-1.

James Milner stepped up to shoot down the middle and ensured we finished the game with the three points. This wasn’t a great performance from the Reds but we moved two points clear of Manchester City with the win. The Cityzens have a game in hand on us but at this time, all that matters are the points.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 6.5/10

The Brazilian didn’t have much to do in the game but has to take a part of the blame for the goal we conceded. The keeper should have rushed out of the box when Van Dijk was calling and he didn’t challenge Babel too well either.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8/10

Trent was dialled in with his deliveries as he kept pumping great crosses into the box. Unfortunately, the attackers weren’t always at the receiving end of them.

Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

This was a rare mistake from Van Dijk as Alisson also played a part in the goal. The Dutchman should have slammed the ball away when he had the chance. His header wasn’t powerful enough and Babel took advantage.

Joel Matip – 8/10

Matip had a relatively comfortable and seems to be in brilliant form at the moment.

Andy Robertson – 8/10

The Scot was fantastic down the left and even had a shot at Rico. The left-back didn’t provide as many quality crosses as Trent, but he was more effective while defending.

Fabinho – 7.5/10

The midfielder started well as he controlled the game but his effect wasn’t for the entire 90 after he picked up a booking.

Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

Wijnaldum had a great chance to make it 3-1 in our favour but his shot narrowly missed the goal. The Dutch midfielder did well in the game and battled hard.

Adam Lallana – 7/10

This wasn’t a great showing from Lallana. The Englishman pressed a lot but that final bit was missing in the final third.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

Salah had two great chances to score but it just isn’t falling for him. However, he was always in the right place and on another day, he could have scored.

Roberto Firmino – 7/10

Firmino did a lot of running but there wasn’t always an end product to that. There has to be more from the Brazilian in the final third.

Sadio Mane – 8.5/10

The man of the match easily, the Senegal star looked our most threatening striker and scored the opener. He should have gotten a couple more and even won us the penalty.

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James Milner – 5/10

Milner was also responsible for putting Van Dijk under pressure for the goal with a poor clearance, but he made amends by scoring a huge penalty.

Divock Origi – 5/10

Came on and did a good job after we conceded.

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“It’ll be the first time in my life!”: This Liverpool star will be rooting for Man United in the game against Man City

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Latest Liverpool news: James Milner to support Man United against City?

Liverpool star James Milner will become a Manchester United fan for the first time on Wednesday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side take on Manchester City in the Premier League. (h/t the Daily Mail)

Born in Leeds, he won two titles in his five-year stay at Manchester City and could soon become a Liverpool legend. Hence, it’s tough to see the 33-year-old cheer for the Red Devils in the upcoming Manchester derby.

United could do a favour for Liverpool on Wednesday by stopping Manchester City, who are two points adrift of the league leaders, although they have played a game less.

James Milner Liverpool

That extra game is against United at Old Trafford on Wednesday and if Solskjaer’s side manage to even eke out a draw, Liverpool will have their destiny back in their hands before their final hurdle against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.

“It’ll be the first time in my life!” Milner replied when asked if he was comfortable watching United win the derby against City, reports the Daily Mail.

“I don’t watch (games like these), to be honest. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, isn’t it, willing the ball into the goal and things like that. I can’t do anything about it.

“Maybe I’ll put my phone away for a couple of hours and check it after. Maybe I’ll go and grab some food or whatever. There are three games left. United will be a challenge for City, but it’s the old cliché – any game is tough in the Premier League no matter who you play.”

Given United players’ confidence are at rock bottom following the Everton thrashing, it looks tough to see them stop City. We cannot expect a favour from our rivals, who themselves are eyeing a top-four finish.

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Klopp’s men have to win their last three games and hope City drop points in any of their last four games.

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Former Ireland striker urges Liverpool to make transfer move for 26-year-old PL hitman

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Tony Cascarino tips Jurgen Klopp to sign Zaha

Liverpool could be set to sign Crystal Palace star in the upcoming summer transfer window.

This is the opinion of former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino who has backed the Reds to sign Wilfried Zaha following his comments. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

Wilfried Zaha, 26, shone in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. He scored the Eagles’ second goal of the game and was a constant pest to Arsenal’s backline who simply couldn’t cope with his pace and smart movement.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino spoke about the Ivorian winger and his recent comments about wanting to play in the Champions League. He also spotted something that suggests Jurgen Klopp could make a move for the Crystal Palace star in the summer.

“Well, all of the top-six now are playing attack-minded football,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

“Liverpool played Palace last year and I went to the game and Jurgen Klopp was consistently on Alexander-Arnold about Wilf Zaha, you could see it from the sideline.

“I kept thinking after that game, Klopp really does respect Zaha as a player and he knows how dangerous he is. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at Liverpool, but he could do a job for any of the top-six.”

Do Liverpool need Zaha?

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Zaha is seen as one of the best players playing outside the so-called ‘big six’ teams in the league. He has successfully managed to revive his career at Palace after enduring a torrid spell with Manchester United.

At Liverpool, I don’t see him getting regular opportunities under Klopp. Sadio Mane is an undoubted starter in the team and he operates from the left flank, which is basically Zaha’s position at Selhurst Park.

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Even if Klopp feels like buying an attacking player in the summer, his focus should be on bringing an out-and-out number 9.

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Liverpool enter three-way tussle with PL rivals for this 21-year-old defensive beast

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool keen on Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui

Liverpool are set to battle it out with rivals Manchester United and Arsenal for the signature of Ajax starlet Noussair Mazraoui, reports Spanish outlet Marca. (h/t Sport Witness)

Noussair Mazraoui, 21, has established himself as one of the mainstays of Erik ten Hag’s hugely-impressive Ajax side that has knocked out the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League to advance to the semi-finals of the competition this season.

A graduate of the hugely famed Ajax academy, the Dutch-born Moroccan has shown a lot of maturity this season, even though he made his first-team debut last term. The 21-year-old defender has supplied four goals and as many assists in all competitions, thus attracting the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, including the aforementioned Premier League trio.

Noussair Mazraoui will be a good fit at Anfield

Noussair Mazraoui has shown that not only can he perform in the Eredivisie, but also on the bigger stage, i.e. the Champions League. His performances this season certainly belie his age and all credit to Ten Hag for showing immense faith in the young Moroccan.

Liverpool certainly can do well with the signing of Mazraoui. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a regular fixture at right-back for the Reds since the last two seasons.

Alexander-Arnold has battled it out with James Milner at right-back but with the former England international turning 33 this year and Joe Gomez preferred in central defence, our academy graduate needs solid competition from next season.

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That’s where the signing of Mazraoui would make sense for the Reds. Not only will the 21-year-old compete with Alexander-Arnold for the right-back spot but also will add depth to our squad. Thus, we need to beat the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for the Ajax starlet’s signature.

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