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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.

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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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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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