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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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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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