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Keita gets 8.5/10, Henderson gets 9/10 – Liverpool player ratings from 2-0 win over Porto



Liverpool vs Porto ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool didn’t have it all their way in the first leg of their quarter-final against Porto, but we were the better team over the 90.

First half goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino were enough to kill the first leg. The away side had chances with the excellent Moussa Marega wasting several quality opportunities.

There really wasn’t much pressure put on the Reds in the second half as Jurgen Klopp also had one eye on the Premier League clash against Chelsea at the weekend.

The Reds should be favourites to make it into the next round, however, we should not take the Portuguese giants lightly.

Liverpool kept something in reserve in the final 45 and hopefully, we get the three points against the Blues on Sunday.

Keita was one of the best players on the field and he was joined by another who impressed.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 7.5/10

The Brazilian made some quality saves in the game but there were a couple of nervy moments too. One was the handball incident as he pushed the ball onto Trent Alexander-Arnold and another was when Virgil van Dijk had to clear the ball away.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

Trent had another mixed performance tonight as he was caught out a couple of times but was always bombing forward to help. He must have been a little worried when the VAR was called upon to check a handball incident but there was no penalty given. The Englishman got an assist for Firmino’s goal.

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

The Croatian got a start after three months and he looked a little rusty in the first half. Marega and Porto were targetting him, but the defender did a better job in the second half.

Virgil van Dijk – 8/10

There wasn’t much wrong with what Van Dijk did, however, the Dutch defender was not happy with the shape of the backline as Marega was a nuisance throughout the game.

James Milner – 7.5/10

Milner put in a no-nonsense performance as the left-back. His ball started the move for the first goal but he wasn’t as great in the attack as Andy Robertson is.

Fabinho – 7.5/10

Fabinho wasn’t at his best in the first half but still came up with some key interceptions as he did a decent job of breaking up the play.

Naby Keita – 8.5/10

Keita was outstanding in the first half as he scored from a deflected shot, but he was doing it all. Chasing down the opposition, breaking the play up and creating chances. His trademark slaloms from his Leipzig days were there for all to see too.

Jordan Henderson – 9/10

Klopp decided to play Hendo in the advanced role, and boy did the decision pay-off. The captain put in a fantastic performance and even set up Trent to assist Firmino for the second of the night. Sadio Mane even slotted in a cross from Hendo but it was ruled offside, marginally.

Mohamed Salah – 7.5/10

Salah looked threatening in the final third and should have scored when he was one-on-one with Iker Casillas. The Egyptian did some backtracking too and was decent overall.

Roberto Firmino – 8.5/10

Firmino got the assist for the opening goal and scored the second with a tap-in. The Brazilian looked great and should have scored another but blazed over the bar from a Hendo cross.

Sadio Mane – 7/10

Mane didn’t have his greatest performance this season. He had a goal chalked off, however, the Senegal star worked his socks off for the team.


Divock Origi – 6/10

Origi was direct when he came on for Mane as he ran at the Porto defence from the left.

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Daniel Sturridge – NA

Got some minutes from the Bench.

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



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



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



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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