Connect with us

ARTICLES

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

Published

on

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.

Substitutes

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.

Read more Liverpool news, click here – Latest Liverpool news

Daniel Sturridge – NA

Came on to waste time.

Advertisement
Click to comment

ARTICLES

Liverpool dealt a blow in hunt for promising teenage starlet as Serie A giants are unwilling to sell the player

Published

on

Liverpool FC transfer news: Inter Milan unwilling to sell Sebastiano Esposito

Calciomercato claims that Inter Milan are unwilling to sell their rising starlet Sebastiano Esposito despite interest from Liverpool.

The 16-year-old was given his debut this season when he came on to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League knockout rounds.

Inter could not defeat the Bundesliga side but there is interest in the 16-year-old from Manchester City too (h/t Calciomercato).

The report adds that Inter see him as the future of the club and will only look to loan him out or let him play in the Primavera League.

The 16-year-old has already made a big name for himself with some great performances for the Italy U-17 team, and he seems set to remain with the Serie A giants for a while.

Liverpool need to build on their great season

The Reds have a great first XI but could do with more talent to strengthen the squad.

Esposito might be highly rated but it would be unlikely seeing him break into the first-team or even push the likes of Rhian Brewster and Divock Origi for game time next season.

Rhian Brewster Liverpool

Rhian Brewster

Liverpool need to build on an impressive season and it will be interesting to see our moves in the transfer window. The Reds missed out on the Premier League title by one point but can finish the season on a high by winning the Champions League.

Read more Liverpool transfer news, click here – Latest Liverpool transfer news

Liverpool face Tottenham in the final on June 1 and should be favourites to land their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

Continue Reading

ARTICLES

Liverpool cool interest in £43m South American star as PL rivals make their move

Published

on

Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds cool interest in Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez

Liverpool have cooled their interest in 22-year-old Maxi Gomez, according to the Daily Star.

The report claims that the Reds enquired about the Uruguayan sensation, however, they have backed out of a deal to sign the Celta Vigo attacker.

Gomez has impressed at the La Liga side over the past two seasons. The 22-year-old scored 13 times in the league, with five assists to his name during the campaign.

Maxi Gomez

Maxi Gomez

The report adds that the forward has a £43m release clause in his contract and there is interest from our Champions League final opponents, Tottenham.

Spurs have made contact with the player’s representatives, according to the report, while there is also interest from Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool have a couple of up and coming strikers in the team

Roberto Firmino is the first-choice striker in the team and the Reds have a couple of young options who could do a job in place of the Brazilian.

Divock Origi was the surprise package of the season, nabbing some important goals despite not featuring a lot for the team. The Belgian bagged a brace against Barcelona recently and even scored the winners against Everton and Newcastle in the Premier League.

Read more Liverpool transfer news, click here – Latest Liverpool transfer news

Rhian Brewster also seems set to play for the first-team next season, and the forward is one of the most highly-rated youngsters we have in the team.

Continue Reading

ARTICLES

(Photos) Liverpool touch down in Marbella for CL training camp with one surprise inclusion

Published

on

Latest Liverpool news: Liverpool players reach Marbella for Champions League final training

Jurgen Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool team landed in Marbella for their Champions League final training sessions.

The Reds face Tottenham on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano for the final of the tournament as they look to win their sixth Champions League crown.

Liverpool visited Marbella earlier this season, and there was one major surprise joining the team in the training camp.

Naby Keita was initially ruled out for the season by Klopp after he picked up an injury against Barcelona. However, his national team manager Paul Put believes the Guinea midfielder could be back for the Champions League final (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The heroes from the win over Barcelona looked to be in the mood, with Georginio Wijnaldum pictured alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Divock Origi, who scored a brace against Barcelona, could get a start in case Roberto Firmino isn’t fit for the final.

The usual suspects for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah also checked into the training camp and the Egyptian could be the difference maker for us in Madrid.

Virgil van Dijk has been excellent for us from the day he signed for us, and his leadership at the back will be one of the keys to winning the Champions League.

Our captain, Jordan Henderson, was also one of the stars in the win over Barcelona while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s crosses led to two goals against the Catalans.

Andy Robertson returned from injury to face Wolves on the final day of the season, and he should be ready to play in the final.

Alisson also pulled off some fantastic saves against Barcelona and won the Premier League Golden Glove award.

Read more Liverpool news, click here – Latest Liverpool news

The Reds are slight favourites for the title and we have already defeated Spurs twice in the Premier League this season.

Continue Reading

Copyright © 2018 TheKopTimes.com