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Trent gets 8.5/10, Robertson gets 8/10 – Liverpool player ratings from 3-2 win over Newcastle United

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Newcastle vs Liverpool ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool left it late to get three points against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park by winning the game 3-2.

The Reds knew that only a win would take the Premier League title race to the final day, and they got the result via a late goal.

Newcastle were never going to make it easy for us but the Reds started the game well. Virgil van Dijk gave us the lead in the first half as he nodded in a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner.

Liverpool players celebrate win over Newcastle

The Magpies then equalised via Christian Atsu. Trent was a little lucky as he handled the ball on the line and the Newcastle winger knocked in the rebound.

The Liverpool defender could have been off had Atsu missed the chance. Trent then provided a beautiful cross for Mohamed Salah, who volleyed the ball into the net to give us the lead.

The second half also started with Newcastle trying to get the equaliser and Salomon Rondon got a deserved goal as he lashed the ball into the net.

Things looked bleak for us as Salah had to go off with a head injury, but there was still one last twist in the tale.

Origi came up with another late goal from a Xherdan Shaqiri cross, and the Reds held on despite eight minutes of stoppage time.

It is up to Manchester City now to reclaim top spot as they face Leicester City on Monday, and Liverpool need to prepare for their Champions League semifinal against Barcelona in midweek.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 6.5/10

The Brazilian could not do much to keep out both Newcastle goals but made some quality saves throughout the game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8.5/10

Our defence didn’t look all that great throughout the game, partly due to Newcastle making it difficult for us. Trent was excellent in the attack and should start for us against Barcelona in midweek.

Dejan Lovren – 5.5/10

Lovren came in to replace Matip but didn’t have a great game. The Croatian was troubled by the pace of Atsu and was bullied by Rondon. The defender also had a role to play in both the goals we conceded.

Virgil van Dijk – 8/10

Opened the scoring for the Reds with a trademark header and commanded the defence well when called into action.

Andy Robertson – 8/10

Robertson was constantly bombing up and down the left flank and had some great deliveries, which we could not convert. The Scot also had an important header that stopped a Newcastle goal.

Fabinho – 7.5/10

The Brazilian had to play several roles during the game and ended the game as a centre-back. Fabinho had to shield the back four on his own and won us the free-kick which led to the winner.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10

A return to his former stomping ground did not work out too well as the Dutch midfielder looked a little tired.

Jordan Henderson – 6.5/10

The former Sunderland midfielder was busy in the midfield but didn’t have many telling moments in the game.

Mohamed Salah – 7.5/10

Salah took his chance really well as he gave us a 2-1 lead. The Egyptian was a threat throughout the game, and it was sad seeing him leave after getting clattered by Martin Dubravka.

Daniel Sturridge – 6.5/10

Sturridge did not have a stellar game as he missed a glorious chance to make it 3-1. He got Klopp animated when he wasn’t tracking back and was also at fault for the first goal we conceded.

Sadio Mane – 6.5/10

The Senegal star was a little out of sorts in the game and didn’t trouble the Newcastle goal a lot.

Substitutes

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10

Shaqiri came on as an impact sub and did his bit for our title challenge. The Swiss delivered a brilliant free-kick for Origi to score.

Divock Origi – 6.5/10

Origi didn’t have too many minutes to get into the game but he got the telling touch as the Reds scored their third goal. Jamaal Lascelles might have got the final touch but the Liverpool ace won’t care.

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James Milner – NA

Was brought on to provide some composure in the final minutes.

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French World Cup winner expresses admiration for relentless Liverpool side

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French superstar Kylian Mbappe amazed by ‘very good’ Liverpool

French superstar Kylian Mbappe has expressed his admiration for Liverpool amidst rumours linking him with a summer move to Anfield. (h/t Express)

The 21-year-old is the best young player on the planet and has expressed his admiration for Liverpool’s title charge this season.

Calling the Reds a ‘machine’, Mbappe has been impressed by Liverpool’s ability to attain a winning rhythm one match after the other.

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe was PSG’s top scorer in the previous campaign (Image credit: Getty)

Mbappe was full of praise for the Merseysiders’ focus as they extended their unbeaten run in the league to 39 games.

The Liverpool faithful will be pleased to see the attention they have got from the French striker. Mbappe continues to be linked to Liverpool in spite of Jurgen Klopp labelling the player too expensive. (h/t Times)

Mbappe, however, chose to remain coy on his future and went on to assert his commitment to helping PSG win titles this season.

“At the end of the season, we will see. But now I’m focused on my game.”

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Liverpool are 16 points clear at the top with a game in hand and look set to end the 30-year wait for the league title. The Reds have already crowned themselves World Champions and are on course for a treble. With the Reds going from strength to strength; it is no surprise that we are grabbing the attention of talents such as Mbappe.

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Liverpool open to selling this first-team star for €30m in the summer

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Liverpool are open to selling Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer

According to trusted Liverpool journalist James Pearce, Liverpool are open to selling Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer transfer window.

The Swiss international is reportedly a target for both AS Roma and Sevilla. Pearce goes on to say that Liverpool will dismiss any approach to loan the player this month but are willing to sanction a move away in the summer for a reported €30million.

Jurgen Klopp had already confirmed that no first-team player will leave the club this January as Liverpool look on course to win their first league title in 30 years. (h/t Express)

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Xherdan Shaqiri has struggled for game time this season (Image credit: Getty)

Shaqiri has been beset by injuries and has played a marginal role at Liverpool this season. The Swiss winger has made just 9 appearances for the Reds this season. (h/t Whoscored) Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino is also likely to further limit his time on the pitch.

Even when fit, the 28-year-old has found playtime hard to come by bringing into question, his future at the club. Liverpool also rejected approaches from Roma and AC Milan to take the player on loan this month.

With € 30 million considered to be enough for Liverpool to sell, it will represent a good profit for the Reds who signed Shaqiri for € 14.7 million in the summer of 2018. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Shaqiri played a key role in Liverpool’s success in 2018-19 and was an important rotation player. He famously came in for an injured Mohamed Salah as Liverpool overcame a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.

The winger now has half a season to audition himself for prospective suitors in the summer and given his quality, he shouldn’t have any problems in doing so.

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Shaqiri is a regular in the Swiss international team and has made 82 appearances for his country. He was nominated for the UEFA Nations League team of the tournament in 2019.

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Liverpool youngster’s loan with Belgian club cut short by injury

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Isaac Christie-Davies ‘s loan at Cercle Brugge cut short by injury

Youngster Isaac Christie-Davies ‘s loan at Belgian club Cercle Brugge has been cut short due to injury. (h/t Liverpool Echo)

The 22-year-old had joined the Belgian first division club earlier this month on a loan deal until the end of the season. Unfortunately for the youngster, his prospects of first-team football have been cut short due to a knee injury sustained in training.

Isaac Christie-Davies

The player under a successful surgery and posted on Instagram vowing to come back stronger. Christie-Davies was yet to have made his debut for Brugge.

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The 22-year-old joined Liverpool from Chelsea and made his debut last month in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Aston Villa.

Christie-Davies would have been the third Liverpool to head out on loan this month after Rhian Brewster and Nathaniel Phillips.

A versatile midfielder, the Welsh youth international is equally adept in central and left midfield. He can also play a more attacking central role with ease.

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