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Mane and Van Dijk gets 8s – Liverpool player ratings from 2-1 win over Southampton

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Southampton vs Liverpool ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool were made to work hard for the three points against Southampton on Saturday.

The hosts were the better team in the first half and troubled Adrian a couple of times. The Spaniard did well to save from a Maya Yoshida header, but it was Sadio Mane who made the biggest contribution in the opening 45.

The Reds were second best for most of the half but the Senegal star blasted in the opener just on the stroke of half-time.

The second half saw a different Liverpool team with the Reds dominating possession and creating chance after chance.

Roberto Firmino made it 2-0 after some great work from Mane, and it seemed like a comfortable ride till the final whistle.

However, Adrian made a huge error as his pass deflected off Danny Ings and into the net to bring Southampton back into the game.

Liverpool looked shaky in the final minutes but they held on for the all-important three points.

Liverpool player ratings

Adrian – 5/10

The 32-year-old made a right old mess of a clearance in the first half and was punished for being too lax with the ball at his feet. The Spaniard has to cut out these mistakes ahead of a tough few weeks without Alisson.

Adrian

Adrian at Southampton

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

The English defender struggled in the first half but was at his best in the second as he threatened the Saints defence with quality crosses.

Virgil van Dijk – 8/10

Van Dijk was great in his role at the back, and his frustration at conceding the goal was visible for all to see at St Mary’s.

Joel Matip – 7.5/10

The Saints targetted Matip throughout the first half and got some purchase off the centre-back. However, the Cameroonian was great in the second half and had some fantastic runs into the opposition half.

Andy Robertson – 8/10

Robbo was brilliant in the second half and had one great effort saved by the Saints keeper.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7/10

Wijnaldum didn’t really set the world alight with his performance and put in his regular shift in midfield.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7/10

It was great seeing the Ox getting a second consecutive start this season. The Englishman still looks a little rusty but had some bright moments in the game.

James Milner – 7/10

Milner was busted open early in the game but the midfielder soldiered on with a bandaged head. He too looked much better in the second half of the tie.

Sadio Mane – 8/10

Mane pulled a rabbit out of the hat with the first goal of the game. The Senegal star was fantastic throughout and could have scored more.

Sadio Mane celebrates against Southampton

Roberto Firmino – 8/10

Firmino missed an easy chance in the second half but took the harder one to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. The Brazilian looks close to his best, and he needs to keep this form for the remainder of the campaign.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

Salah barely touched the ball in a tough first half but came alive in the second with several quality touches and passes.

Substitutes

Fabinho – 6/10

The Brazilian came on to shore up the midfield for the Reds.

Divock Origi – 6/10

Origi had some nice moments in the game but nothing too testing for the Saints defence.

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Jordan Henderson – NA

Came on late but didn’t have time to make a mark.

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Boost for Liverpool as Bundesliga manager open to selling this star striker

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Julian Nagelsmann claims RB Leipzig could sell Timo Werner

Liverpool have been handed a boost in their chase for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

The 23-year-old has been linked with the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo) and has been in great form this season.

The German has 15 goals and four assists in all competitions for Leipzig this season. Werner is also a regular for the national side and scored in their recent win over Estonia too.

Timo Werner
Timo Werner is a regular for the German national team (Image credit: Getty)

Leipzig’s manager Julian Nagelsmann was speaking to Bild and claimed Werner could be sold if the German became bigger than the club (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I’ve already advised many players to take off their wedding ring with their current club to move somewhere else.

“I’d do the same with Timo Werner if he were developing faster than the team at RB Leipzig.”

Werner’s release clause

The 23-year-old signed a new deal with Leipzig in the summer, however, that includes a £25million release clause (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Werner is capable of playing across the front-line and it will be interesting to see how things develop for him in the coming months.

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Timo Werner joined Leipzig from Stuttgart (Image credit: Bongarts)

Bayern Munich are also keen on landing the 23-year-old (h/t Liverpool Echo) and the Bavarians are struggling this season.

Leipzig are placed extremely well to qualify for the next round of the Champions League and lie second in the Bundesliga, ahead of Bayern.

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Werner scored 16 Bundesliga goals in the previous season and should go past that mark if he keeps his scoring rate up.

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Liverpool interested in Bundesliga star who could leave for £100m in the summer

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Liverpool interested in Jadon Sancho as Dortmund star expected to leave in summer

Liverpool are the latest club to highlight their firm interest in Jadon Sancho, according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old has been excellent for Dortmund since joining from Manchester City but has faced some tough times recently.

Manager Lucien Favre has reprimanded Sancho recently and subbed him after 36 minutes against Bayern Munich (h/t Daily Mail).

Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City (Image credit: Getty)

The English winger has also been criticised by Michael Zorc, the sporting director, and is contemplating his future at the Bundesliga club (h/t Daily Mail).

Manchester United and PSG are interested in the England international but Liverpool and Barcelona are also keen on landing him (h/t Daily Mail).

Dortmund want big money for Sancho

The winger has a lot of potential to develop further, and Dortmund would not allow him to leave on the cheap.

The report adds that Dortmund are planning for his exit and want more than £100m for the winger.

Sancho has scored three goals and provided five assists this season for the Bundesliga side. The England star has also featured in Euro 2020 qualifiers and has a couple of strikes to his name.

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Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham (Image credit: Getty)

It will be interesting to see if Liverpool make a big move in the next summer window.

This summer was quiet with two young players and two veteran keepers joining. However, we kept hold of all our stars and have started this Premier League season well.

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The Reds lie eight points clear of the chasing pack and are nine ahead of defending champions Manchester City.

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Liverpool star pictured with ankle in protective cast during international break

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Mohamed Salah pictured with ankle in protective cast

Mohamed Salah aggravated an ankle injury in our 3-1 win over Manchester City at the weekend.

The Egyptian scored the second goal of the game and was bright against the Premier League champions.

However, a tackle from Fernandinho late in the game saw Salah remain down and needed treatment.

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Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch during the Leicester game (Image credit: Getty)

The Liverpool forward continued after treatment but had to be subbed off as we held on for the win.

The international break should allow Salah to rest before our clash against Crystal Palace. Egypt shared a couple of pictures and the Liverpool forward was seen wearing a protective boot.

Leicester injury back to hurt Salah

Salah injured his left ankle initially against Leicester City and missed the draw against Manchester United.

The Egyptian will not play for the national side during the break and is also a doubt for the clash against Palace (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The niggling issue needs time to heal and it will be interesting to see if the forward plays the game after that.

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Mohamed Salah celebrates with Jordan Henderson (L) after scoring against Tottenham (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool host Napoli at Anfield after the international break and a win should see us qualify for the knockout rounds of the competition.

We shouldn’t try to leave it to the final day as we travel to Austria and face surprise package RB Salzburg.

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The Reds have an easier run in before the trip to Austria. Liverpool have games against Brighton, Everton and Bournemouth, and should be favourites for the three clashes.

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