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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.

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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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Klopp wants to keep experienced star at Liverpool despite interest from European giants

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose Dejan Lovren in the summer

Calciomercato claims that AC Milan will find it difficult to sign Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender recently returned to the Reds for pre-season training, and report claims that the Reds value Lovren at €25million.

The 30-year-old was not a regular starter for us last season due to injuries and the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

However, the Croatian is one of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League, and the report adds that Jurgen Klopp admires Lovren’s leadership at the back.

The report claims that this is one reason why Klopp wants to keep Lovren in the team for as long as possible.

Liverpool won’t let Lovren go on the cheap

The report adds that Liverpool are looking to get the complete €25m for Lovren and are not willing to reduce his price.

Milan would have to match the valuation for Liverpool to even consider selling the Croatian (h/t Calciomercato).

The Reds have signed Sepp van den Berg, a young centre-back, in the summer, however, Klopp’s thought process regarding Lovren makes a lot of sense.

The Croatian hasn’t made any noises of wanting to leave and did a decent job in most of his games last season.

Signing a senior defender for the upcoming season would not be easy, and the Croatian has a great relationship with most of the Liverpool players, such as Mohamed Salah.

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Lovren’s experience is certainly great for a young Liverpool team, and it will be interesting to see what our actions are in the summer window.

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“I would say yes”: Klopp opens up on where Liverpool star’s future lies

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp claims Mignolet’s future is with Reds

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Simon Mignolet would be staying despite the keeper being unsure about his playing time at the club (h/t Daily Mail).

Alisson was signed last summer, and the Brazilian has been excellent with the Reds.

The keeper won the Golden Glove in the Champions League and the Premier League, and won the Copa America this summer.

Simon Mignolet in action

Alisson was also the Man of the Match in our 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final.

However, Klopp was certain that Mignolet would stay, and praised his professionalism last season (h/t Daily Mail):

“Yes, (it’s) how I’ve heard.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months – not weeks. Before we left (for the summer break) we had talk. I would say yes (he stays).”

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

Klopp added that the Reds need quality players in all positions, and that was the situation with our goalkeepers:

“At a club like Liverpool you need two number ones in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon.

“It’s a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

Mignolet needs more games at Liverpool

The Belgian only played two games for the first-team last season, with those appearances coming in the domestic cups.

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Mignolet needs to play regularly as he is in the prime of his goalkeeping career, and the Reds should offer him the same next season.

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The Reds are in additional competitions this season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with the Belgian.

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Liverpool turn to veteran keeper to solve current injury crisis

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds move for Andy Lonergan to solve keeper issue

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds have moved for former Preston North End goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to solve their problems between the sticks.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp has brought in the 35-year-old keeper who last played for Middlesbrough.

Lonergan is set to travel to the US for our tour of North America, according to the report, as Simon Mignolet is the only fit senior keeper Liverpool have.

Andy Lonergan

Alisson is away on a break after winning the Copa America while the Reds have seen two young keepers pick up injuries.

Caoimhin Kelleher is out with a wrist injury, Vitezslav Jaros injured his ankle ligaments while Kamil Grabara is yet to report for duty after his U21 Euro exploits with Poland.

Mignolet had to play almost the entirety of our pre-season friendly against Bradford with Dan Atherton being given a few minutes last night.

Lonergan not signing a deal with Liverpool

The report adds that the 35-year-old keeper will not sign a contract with Liverpool, and is unlikely to play in the US games.

Simon Mignolet in action

Liverpool play Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon in this part of the pre-season tour.

Lonergan is a well-travelled keeper, with stints at Rochdale, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Wolves.

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Liverpool have won both of their pre-season games so far, and their first clash of the season is against Norwich on 9th August.

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