Liverpool Player Ratings vs Leicester
Christian Benteke got the all-important goal for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who sit five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham after the win. The Foxes’ talismanic duo of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy failed to break the Reds’ defence, with Jordan Henderson impressing in the middle of the park for Liverpool. Riyad Mahrez looked a threat on the counter throughout for Leicester but Ranieri’s men found it difficult to sustain an attacking threat against Liverpool’s intense pressing. N’Golo Kante came close to an equaliser but Liverpool held out for the three points, in the process becoming the first side in the top flight this season to keep a clean sheet against Leicester. The visitors continued to apply late pressure but Liverpool’s rearguard remained resolute before Benteke missed a golden chance to make it 2-0 in injury time, as Anfield celebrated a first home win since November 29 against Swansea City.
Below are the player ratings of the Liverpool players-
Simon Mignolet (8/10)
Made a good stop from Riyad Mahrez towards the end of the first half having had little to do before then. Was also alert to stop Nathan Dyer in the second half, and was on hand to collect a dangerous long throw which caused confusion in the penalty area.
Nathaniel Clyne (7/10)
After an off week at Watford, Clyne was back to his solid best. He dispossessed danger man Mahrez well first half showing his stride and speed and he was able to get in some decent positions on the right.
Dejan Lovren (8/10)
Hardly put a foot wrong in defence, showing no signs of rust in his return from injury. Has definitely cemented his place for the next match after a strong showing against the Foxes.
Mamadou Sakho (6/10)
A poor pass early on gave Leicester ball in the dangerous area, and he had a few uncomfortable moments on the ball at the start of each half. Despite this, he played several good long range passes forward, and performed his defensive duties well throughout, winning numerous headers. Coped well with the differing threats of first Vardy, and then Ulloa in the second half.
Alberto Moreno (7/10)
Covered plenty of ground on the flanks and was always eager to put himself into the attack. Defended valiantly against Mahrez.
Jordan Henderson (9/10)
Back to his best as he orchestrated the team with some excellent play from midfield. Made several key passes throughout the game, setting up chances for Origi, Lallana, and Benteke. An all-action midfield display from the captain, but he should have done better when clean on goal towards the end of the game.
Emre Can (8/10)
Prominent in transition, picking out some real enticing passes. Always sure to provide support and cover for the back four. The German and Henderson look capable of forming a good partnership as a midfield two for the reds in the near future.
Adam Lallana (7/10)
Ran very well off the ball. A tireless showing in attack made him a very difficult man to mark and he was often noticeable in the build-up play.
Philippe Coutinho (7/10)
An early shot drifted just wide of the post and a couple of other efforts in the first half failed to trouble Kasper Schmeichel. Was efficient with his build up play, and skimmed the top of the net with another long-range effort in the second half.
Roberto Firmino (6/10)
Was Lost for the most part again. Yet still dashed up with the crucial pass to Benteke for the goal and went close himself later on.
Divock Origi (7/10)
Troubled the Leicester defence with his direct, pacy running, and had a couple of decent attempts on goal. Was also involved in an ongoing battle with Wes Morgan which, unfortunately, was interrupted just before half time when the Belgian went off injured.
Christian Benteke (8/10)
Came off the bench to score the winning goal for the Reds with a brilliantly taken first-time finish. Held the ball up well and was always prominent in attack. Missed a sitter in stoppage time.
On for Coutinho in the 91st minute to help protect the back four from giving away a goal.
Came on the 92nd minute just to waste time and hold off the ball in the dying minutes of the match.
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Twitter reacts to Roberto Firmino turning Wan Bissaka inside out
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is no stranger to the highlight reels. The Brazilian has had conjured numerous moments of magic in a Red shirt that have been part of countless highlight reels.
Early in the second half of the match against Manchester United, the Liverpool striker turned United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissake inside out ending with the defender landing flat on the Anfield turf.
Picking up the ball on the left, Firmino ran at Wan-Bissaka and cut across the defender numerous times completely flatfooted him.
Wan Bissaka is considered by some to be the best defensive right-back in the league and has also been compared by United fans to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Reds faithful would have enjoyed Firmino showing the world that the United defender still has some ways to go before being compared to Liverpool’s wonderkid.
The move coincided with a sustained period of dominance where Liverpool had 7 chances in the opening 9 minutes of the second half.
Virgil van Dijk gave Liverpool the lead in the first half with a towering header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner. Firmino looked to have doubled the Red’s lead only for the goal to be controversially ruled out for a Van Dijk foul on David de Gea.
Giorginio Wijnaldum had the ball in the back of the net after a fine passing move,but the goal was once again ruled out for offside.
Twitter reacts to Firmino’s skill against Wan-Bissaka
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Loan Watch: Find out how the Liverpool loanees fared this week
With the first-team squad setting higher standards with every match, some of Liverpool ‘s promising talents have had to go out on loan to get more playtime to further their development.
We take a look at how these players fared this week
Rhian Brewster (Swansea City)
It was a home debut to remember for Rhian Brewster as the youngster scored his first senior goal in Swansea City’s 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic. (h/t Sky Sports)
Nathan Byrne had given Wigan lead, only for Brewster to bring the Swans level with a clinical finish at the 19th-minute mark.
Swansea ended up winning the game 2-1 courtesy of an Andrew Ayew goal in the second half. It has been a promising start for Brewster at the Liberty Stadium and is hopefully just the start of bigger things to come.
The Swans are currently 6th in the Championship table and look set to at least make the playoffs for Premier League promotion.
Sheyi Ojo (Rangers)
The 22-year-old winger came on as a second-half substitute as Rangers defeated Stranraer 2-0 in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox. The youngster played the last quarter of the game as Steven Gerrard’s side go through to the 5th round where they will face Hamilton Academical.
Ojo has made 22 appearances for Rangers this season and has scored 2 goals. (h/t Whoscored)
Harry Wilson ( Bournemouth)
It was a frustrating night for the Welsh winger as he was sacrificed for Simon Wallis in the 34th minute. The substitution was the consequence of a tactical reshuffle effected by the sending off of Steve Cook.
The night got worse for The Cherries as they lost 1-0 and now find themselves in very real danger of being relegated. Wilson has played 22 times for Bournemouth this season and has scored 6 goals.
Herbie Kane (Hull City)
It was a bad day at the office for Herbie Kane as the midfielder played the full 90 minutes in the Tigers’ 1-0 loss to Derby County.
The defeat leaves Hull 6 points off a playoff berth.
Kamil Grabara (Huddersfield Town)
Grabara played the full 90 minutes as he kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw against Brentford. Huddersfield could have really done with a win and are looking at the prospect of back to back relegations if their form does not pick up soon.
Marko Grujic (Hertha Berlin)
Grujic played the full 90 minutes in a 4-0 mauling against Bayern Munich at home. Hertha Berlin were outplayed as the German champions ran riot at the Olympiastadion Berlin.
Grujic has impressed at his loan spell and is likely to be recalled in the summer. Hertha are currently 14th in the Bundesliga table, just 2 points away from the relegation playoffs.
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Loris Karius (Besiktas)
Loris Karius also faced defeat as Besiktas were beaten 2-1 by League leaders Sivasspor in the Turkish Sper Lig. The defeat leaves Besiktas in 7th,10 points off their opponents at the top.
The goalkeeper looked certain to sign for Besiktas in the summer. With Besiktas unable to secure funds for his signature. It is likely that he will now return to Liverpool at the end of the season. (h/t Mirror)
Liverpool star aiming for quick return from injury
Injured winger Xherdan Shaqiri hopes to return to action soon
Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri is aiming for a quick return to action after missing the victory over Manchester United due to injury. (h/t Liverpoolfc)
Injuries have severely limited the Swiss winger to just 9 appearances this season. The latest being a knock that kept him out of the clash against Manchester United. Shaqiri has fine memories of the fixture, having come off the bench to score a brace in the corresponding fixture last season.
The player refused to explicitly state a return date but hopes to be back as quickly as possible.
Shaqiri has expressed his frustration at his persistent injuries. He hopes to put his troubles behind him as the Reds compete for the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup.
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Shaqiri has found himself reduced to a marginal role even when fit, making some sections question his future at the club.
The player had been linked with a move to Italian giants Roma and AC Milan in the January transfer window. The move seems unlikely after Klopp stated that no first-team players will leave the club in January.
With games coming thick and fast, Klopp needs all the players at his disposal as Liverpool chase domestic and European glory. Shaqiri will hope to play a key role in the club’s success further increasing his stock in the transfer market.
If the Swiss international is to move on next season, he will find no shortage of suitors if he makes a name for himself this season.
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Shaqiri joined Liverpool from Stoke City in 2018. He went on to score a number of important goals as the Reds set a club record points total in the League and also won the UEFA Champions League.