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Henderson and Salah both get 8/10 – Liverpool player ratings from 3-1 win over Southampton

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Southampton vs Liverpool ratings: Liverpool player ratings

This was another late show from Liverpool as they overcame Southampton on Friday.

The Saints took the lead thanks to Shane Long in a turgid first half with Liverpool just about doing enough to equalise.

Naby Keita, of all people, got the important leveller with a great header and the players rushed backed to restart the game.

Jurgen Klopp saw that his midfield trio of Fabinho, Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum was not working and switched things up by bringing on Jordan Henderson and James Milner.

The captain played an instrumental role in the comeback win with his header setting Mohamed Salah off for our second goal while Henderson got the third himself.

The win lifted us to the top of the table, two points ahead of Manchester City, but this was testament to our never-say-die attitude as we keep the Cityzens under pressure.

The Reds now prepare for the Champions League tie against Porto, and will have a spring in their step for the clash against the Portuguese.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 6.5/10

The Brazilian couldn’t do much to stop the goal from Long, and although he was barely troubled after that, there were some nervous moments.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6/10

TAA got the assist for the equaliser but he wasn’t great with possession and had a tough first half.

Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

Van Dijk didn’t do enough to stop the first goal and also had a few iffy moments in the first half but looked more assured in the second.

Joel Matip – 7.5/10

Matip looked to be the most creative player we had in the first half thanks to some great runs.

Andy Robertson – 6/10

This wasn’t a great game for Robertson too as he was at fault for the goal we conceded and some of his deliveries weren’t on point.

Fabinho – 6/10

The Brazilian did some good work by recovering the ball several times, but he also struggled in the opening half of the game.

Naby Keita – 7/10

The midfielder was barely in the game at the start but got the all-important equaliser with a neat header. Keita looked more confident after that and was kept on the pitch as Klopp decided to shuffle his midfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5/10

A poor showing from the Dutch midfielder as he was anonymous in the game and was replaced in the second half.

Sadio Mane – 7/10

Mane had a great chance to score against his former side but saw his effort saved. The Senegal attacker was a threat all night but just could not get that little luck in front of goal.

Roberto Firmino – 7.5/10

Another game, another performance where Firmino ran his socks off. The Brazilian didn’t do much for the first two goals but he set up Henderson well for the third.

Mohamed Salah scores

Mohamed Salah scores

Mohamed Salah – 8/10

What a time to break your mini-duck. Salah seemed set for another game without a goal. However, his incredible effort saw the Reds edge ahead and he even got booked for taking his shirt off, not that it mattered.

Substitutes

Jordan Henderson – 8/10

The captain came on and turned the game around. Our midfield finally had a presence and someone was trying to get the team going. Hendo’s header sent Salah clear to score our second goal, and the Englishman ran almost the length of the pitch to convert Firmino’s cross.

James Milner – 7/10

Milner replaced TAA in the back four. The Englishman provided more composure on the ball and did a good job with his crosses too.

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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.

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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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