Liverpool repeated their heroics from last season as they registered a 2-1 win over Chelsea. The Reds started the game brightly as Dejan Lovren scored from a Philippe Coutinho cross. Jordan Henderson doubled the lead with a great goal from way outside the box.
Chelsea looked toothless in the first half but came roaring back in the second. Diego Costa got the goal for the Blues but they were unable to get the equaliser. The Reds were magnificent, especially in the first half and here are the player ratings for the Liverpool side.
Simon Mignolet – 7/10
The Belgian goalkeeper didn’t really have a lot to do in the game. He couldn’t do much to stop the Chelsea goal and did keep a strong Diego Costa shot out.
Nathaniel Clyne – 7/10
The English defender surprisingly had an easy outing against Eden Hazard. Clyne was his usual self as he bombed up and down the pitch for the Reds.
Joel Matip – 7/10
Matip had a brilliant first half and he would have gotten a 9/10 had he not decided to go to ground easily which led to Diego Costa’s goal.
Dejan Lovren – 8/10
The Croatian defender made his return to the starting XI and scored an important goal for the Reds. Lovren was also great in defence as he kept Diego Costa in check for most of the game.
James Milner – 7/10
Left-back is not his natural position but Milner was good in this role and ensured Willian did not get a foothold in the game.
Jordan Henderson – 8/10
A goal of the season contender already, Henderson scored an incredible goal from way outside the box. Barring that, he controlled the midfield really well and this was his best game of the season.
Adam Lallana – 7/10
A bagful of energy, Adam Lallana was all about running. He might not have gotten on the score sheet but he was great with his link-up play with the rest of the team.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10
Another game where Wijnaldum didn’t really do much for the side, as he was decent with his passing but we still do not know what his role in the side is.
Sadio Mane – 7/10
Mane was really threatening for the side in the first half but his energy levels were sapped in the second.
Philippe Coutinho – 6/10
The Brazilian had his moments in the first half but like the rest of the Liverpool players, he lost his way in the second half.
Daniel Sturridge – 5/10
The English striker looked out of sorts for most of the game; he did have a few good touches but was substituted early in the second half of the game.
Divock Origi – 6/10
The Belgian striker was brought on to replace Sturridge early in the second half but didn’t really do much for the Reds.
Lucas Leiva – NA
Lucas barely had anything to do in the game and was booked for a challenge on Hazard.
Kevin Stewart – NA
The youngster was brought on in the dying minutes of the game and could not make an impact.
Paris Saint-Germain set to sell 23-year-old Liverpool target for €15m this January
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and PSG are not willing to let the midfielder leave for nothing.
The report adds that Barcelona were close to landing Rabiot on a free but PSG claimed that the Catalans did not act “correctly”.
Rabiot’s wage demands could increase the overall value of the transfer, and the report adds that PSG are not willing to deal with Barcelona any more.
Liverpool could do with another quality midfielder in their side, despite having several options in the side.
However, Adam Lallana has had a tough time related to injuries while James Milner isn’t getting any younger at 33.
Jurgen Klopp has pulled off some great cheap signings with Joel Matip joining on a free while Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri have been smart purchases.
Rabiot has the talent to be one of the best in the world, but he needs to be under the right manager. Klopp has performed miracles with some players at Anfield, and it would be great to have a talent like the Frenchman playing for us.
Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is scared of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League.
The Ivorian won the Premier League with City a few years ago and was speaking on Sky Sports where he claimed that the Reds were doing well and were “very strong” (h/t Daily Star).
The midfielder lauded our efforts at reaching the Champions League final last season and claimed we were growing together.
Winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons is extremely tough, something that Toure touched upon. The former Barcelona midfielder spoke about Manchester City keeping hold of their title this season before adding that he was scared of the Reds:
“This year I know everybody was asking the question of what City are going to do this year.
“And I think we have to see what’s going to happen.
“To be honest, Liverpool are in good, good shape at the moment and I’m very scared of them.
“Liverpool are looking very, very scary this year.”
The Reds are four points clear at the top of the table after the latest round of fixtures. Liverpool needed to return to winning ways after losses against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were professional against Brighton at the weekend with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal of the game.
The Reds have some relatively easy fixtures coming up to keep hold of their lead in the Premier League, and hopefully, we can celebrate a first Premier League title this season.
33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible
Virgil van Dijk played his 50th game for Liverpool against Brighton, and the Reds picked up all three points thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner.
The Reds also kept a clean sheet, something that the defender would cherish and the Liverpool website shared some interesting facts from the Dutchman’s 50 games under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool established their second longest run without conceding a league goal at Anfield in 2018. The Reds did not concede for 918 minutes as Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff in October to break a streak that started in Feb.
The Dutchman was the only defender to have played in all games that lasted the run.
24 clean sheets
This has got to be the best record of them all with almost half of the games Van Dijk played in yielding a clean sheet.
This season has been better with 13 clean sheets from 22 Premier League games as the Reds have tightened up the back thanks to the signing of Alisson.
Dominating the opposition
Van Dijk has an incredible success percentage when it comes to duels, with the defender winning 71.69% of the 445 contested duels.
The defender also leads the team in clearances (272), blocks (21) and interceptions (59).
Incredible passing numbers
Van Dijk has attempted more passes (3,643) than any other Liverpool player and has an accuracy of 88.64%.
The Reds have been supreme this season with Van Dijk leading from the back, and we have lost just one game in the Premier League too.
Liverpool have won 33 of the games that Van Dijk has played in with seven draws and 10 defeats so far.
The Dutchman has been one of our best signings under Klopp and is well on his way to becoming a legend at the club if he keeps playing this way.
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