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

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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.

Substitutes:

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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“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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