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Trent gets a 10/10 while Van Dijk comes in with 9/10 – Here is how the Liverpool players fared in their incredible 4-0 win over Barcelona



Liverpool vs Barcelona ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool did the unthinkable as they routed Barcelona 4-0 in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The Reds needed a miracle to qualify for the final, and they got it while being backed by an incredible crowd at Anfield.

Barcelona never got into the game with Divock Origi scoring early on. The Reds kept on pushing to find the goals to cancel Barca’s 3-0 advantage after the first leg, however, they had to make a key substitution at half-time.

Luis Suarez seemed to kick out at Andy Robertson and the Scot was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Dutch midfielder scored a couple of important goals in the second half and the final nail in Barcelona’s coffin came via Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner.

The Englishman took a quick corner which Origi converted and the Reds held on for one of their greatest European wins at Anfield.

Liverpool now await to see who makes the final between Tottenham and Ajax, but we should be confident of doing well.

The Reds barely missed Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who were out with injuries, and now prepare for one last chance at the Premier League title.

A slip by Manchester City could open the door for us to lift the crown, and that would be fitting given how the season has gone for us.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 8.5/10

The Brazilian kept us in the game by denying Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Messi. Alisson was great with his distribution and did not make a single mistake in an incredible night.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 10/10

Trent was great against Newcastle but was even better against Barcelona. The Englishman did not allow much to go down his flank and was fantastic in the attack. His cross led to the first goal from Wijnaldum before quick thinking got us the fourth.

Joel Matip – 8.5/10

Matip had another excellent game at the back and barely gave anything away to Suarez.

Virgil van Dijk – 9/10

The Dutch defender should have had a penalty in the second half when his jersey was tugged, but it did not matter. Van Dijk, like Matip, was supreme at the back and thwarted anything that Messi and co. threw at him.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

It was a little upsetting to see Robertson leaving after a clash with Suarez. The Scot looked up for the game, and hopefully, he will be back at the weekend.

Jordan Henderson – 8.5/10

The captain set the ball rolling as his run allowed Origi to score the opener. Henderson was like a man possessed as he barely gave Barcelona any breathing room.

Fabinho – 8.5/10

The Brazilian was walking on thin ice after picking up a harsh booking early in the game. However, that did not stop Fabinho from completely nullifying the Barcelona team, almost single-handedly, at times.

James Milner – 8.5/10

Milner put in another fantastic shift for the Reds and had to play the majority of the second half as the left-back.

Sadio Mane – 8/10

Mane did not score a goal but his pace and movement caused all sorts of problems for Barcelona. The Senegal star’s interception helped us score the first goal and his energy was too much for Barca at times.

Divock Origi – 9/10

Origi seems to be making it a habit to score important goals for us. The Belgian’s poaching instincts helped him score the first and he was quick to react to Trent’s cross to score our fourth.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7.5/10

Shaqiri looked a little rusty for the Reds as he gave away possession a number of times, but came up with the cross for the third goal.


Georginio Wijnaldum – 9/10

Gini produced an incredible 45 minutes as two quick-fire goals brought us back into the tie. The Dutch midfielder produced a moment of brilliance too as he left two Barcelona players in his dust with a neat bit of skill.

Joe Gomez – NA

Did alright in the defence for the final few minutes.

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Daniel Sturridge – NA

Came on to waste time.

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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)

Xherdan Shaqiri and Jurgen Klopp
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



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.

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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Although born in Brighton, Christie-Davies has represented the Wales Under-21 side 2 times, since making his debut in 2018.

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