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Liverpool player ratings: Matip and Salah lead the way with 8.5/10 as Liverpool thrash Arsenal 3-1

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Liverpool vs Arsenal ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool surged two points clear at the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield. The Reds dominated the first half with loads of possession but Arsenal had two brilliant chances to score.

The Gunners were hitting us on the counter and it took a corner to break the deadlock. Joel Matip rose highest to meet a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross and we went into half-time with a slender lead.

Mohamed Salah scored a pair after the break as we made the points safe, with Lucas Torreira getting a consolation for the Gunners.

Liverpool barely broke a sweat in the game, and we seemed to have a lot left in the tank. The Reds’ next game is against Burnley and we should be favourites to win that game too.

Liverpool player ratings

Adrian – 6.5/10

The usual moment of madness from Adrian came in the first half as his clearance reached Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the Gabon striker’s chip missed the target. There were fewer passes to Adrian throughout the game, and the Spaniard did make some good saves.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

The right-back had several chances to deliver quality crosses but he barely reached found a Liverpool player. Trent got the assist for Matip’s goal and did well after the break.

Virgil van Dijk – 7.5/10

There was one moment when Nicolas Pepe seemed to get the better of Virgil but the Dutch defender had a decent game otherwise.

Joel Matip – 8.5/10

The Cameroon defender was great at the back, scored a fantastic header and also made some fantastic runs into the opposition half.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

Andy, like Trent, was afforded half of Anfield to pump in the crosses in the first half, and some of them were great. The Scot also linked up well with Sadio Mane as the game wore on.

Fabinho – 7/10

Fabinho’s pass helped Salah score his second goal of the game, the Brazilian also did well after a bit of a rough start where he gave the ball away.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7/10

Wijnaldum put in a regular display with a lot of running and some quality moments in the attacking third.

Jordan Henderson – 7/10

Hendo made one mistake in the first half as his touch allowed Pepe through on goal. Otherwise, the captain had a decent game.

Sadio Mane – 6.5/10

A relatively quiet game from the Senegal star as he tried his best to get the team going. The former Southampton man should have scored from a header but missed the target.

Mohamed Salah – 8.5/10

Salah’s second goal was a thing of beauty as he turned David Luiz inside-out. The Egyptian also won us a penalty and scored early in the second half. The forward could have scored and created more but was a little unlucky.

Roberto Firmino – 7.5/10

The Brazilian was great and should have gotten a goal for his efforts. There was one moment of brilliance where he flicked the ball and shot at goal, sending Dani Ceballos packing.

Substitutes

James Milner – 6.5/10

The midfielder had some great tackles after coming on in the second half and kept things ticking.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – NA

Came on late in the game but couldn’t do much.

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Adam Lallana – NA

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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).

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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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