Full Time: Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City
Anfield was witness to another incredible European night as Liverpool hammered Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final first leg. The Reds were the only team to have defeated the Cityzens in the Premier League and repeated that feat at a noisy and energetic Anfield stadium.
A lot of attacking was done in the first half alone when we scored three goals in 30 minutes to effectively put the game to bed.
The scoring started with Mohamed Salah lashing from home from close range after Roberto Firmino won the ball back in the penalty area in the 12th minute.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made it two after 20 minutes, with a thunderbolt from 20 yards out before Sadio Mane headed home from Salah’s cross in the 31st minute.
Jurgen Klopp has now won seven of his 13 ties against Pep Guardiola and with another big game coming up against Everton at the weekend, the players have to be up for it given that we are still fighting for a top-four finish.
Nevertheless, this was an incredible performance at Anfield and here’s how the boys fared on the night.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Loris Karius – 7.5/10
Karius didn’t really have to make any stunning save, which was rather surprising. His kicking was spot on and hopefully, he will not be troubled too much in the second leg.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8.5/10
Facing Leroy Sane is one thing but ensuring the German doesn’t get the better of you is something else. Trent was brilliant against Sane and kept him quiet throughout the game.
Dejan Lovren – 8/10
It’s not often that we praise Lovren but credit where it is due. His partnership with Virgil van Dijk was excellent against City.
Virgil van Dijk – 8/10
A clean sheet against Manchester City is a big deal and Van Dijk was the leader at the back, keeping the back four in check all the time.
Andrew Robertson – 8.5/10
Robertson has got to be the bargain of the season as he put in another stellar performance. In the first half, he attacked with every chance he got but in the second half, he put in a disciplined performance given City’s dominance in possession.
Jordan Henderson – 8/10
This was a captain’s performance from Henderson as he kept our team running. Unfortunately, he will miss the second leg as he picked up a booking.
James Milner – 9/10
Milner was a destroyer in midfield as he pestered the City midfield and won the ball back for us to launch attacks.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 8/10
Ox’s goal was incredible and kept the pressure on the away side. The Englishman moved around a bit after Salah’s departure and this was another mature showing from the former Arsenal man.
Mohamed Salah – 9/10
Salah got the game running with a cool finish and assisted the third. He’s simply phenomenal, isn’t he?
Roberto Firmino – 8/10
Firmino was full of running and even though he did not trouble the opposition as much as Salah or Mane did, the Brazilian deserves credit for his performance.
Sadio Mane – 9/10
Mane might have had an off-day against Crystal Palace at the weekend but put in an incredible performance full of energy as he scored a crucial third goal for us.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 7/10
A typical Wijnaldum performance where he ran his heart out and kept possession for the team. Wijnaldum often tried to launch attacks too, as we looked to hit City on the counter, in the second half.
Dominic Solanke – 6.5/10
Solanke had his chances to get things right but his final ball was often lacking. He ran his socks off for the team.
Alberto Moreno – N/A
Moreno was brought on for Oxlade-Chamberlain with just a few minutes left on the clock.
Liverpool target’s agent claims player is happy at current club
Ousmane Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, has claimed that the Frenchman is not looking to leave Barcelona.
“The club is happy with Ousmane.
“Dembele doesn’t care about criticisms. Some of them are unfair. He is 20, he plays for Barcelona and he had a great start to the season.”
The agent further claimed that the player has to do better and the Frenchman was sick for a while which led to a few controversies.
Sissoko added that the national team manager and Barcelona’s Eric Abidal were happy with the attacker.
“Ousmane keeps working for a big club, the manager likes him and the same goes for Deschamps. I know Abidal is also very happy with how he is training and working for his club.”
Dembele seems to be doing better when compared to the same time frame last season. The Frenchman has scored four goals from 11 La Liga games and has one from two Champions League ties.
The former Borussia Dortmund player would be an amazing signing for the Reds, but we would have to pay a huge amount to sign him from Barcelona.
The 21-year-old would certainly improve our attack, and it will be interesting to see what our activity would be in the winter window.
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The former AS Roma star has had a brilliant start to his Premier League campaign and has conceded just five goals from 12 games.
Speaking ahead of Brazil’s friendly against Uruguay, the Independent quoted Alisson saying:
“I came here for a high price and some people expect to me to be perfect – it is not easy but I’m trying.”
Alisson added he is working to be perfect in between the sticks and wants to get better with each game.
“I am really, really happy with my move to the Premier League. I’m working really hard to help Liverpool to achieve their goals and also for the Brazil national team.”
Alisson praised our defence for giving him an easy time at the back and claimed that he has to concentrate a lot in games.
“One thing that is important here is the concentration and focus. They are asking me to be really mentally strong.
“My team have a really great defence so it is not often the ball comes near my net.”
The Brazilian has been an excellent signing for the Reds this season, but there have been a few instances where he could have done better.
The goal against Leicester City and one against Arsenal could have been avoided, and hopefully, he will get better in the coming months.
(Photo) Liverpool star pictured training with rival Evertonian for international side
Liverpool summer signing Fabinho is still getting into the groove of things at Anfield. The former Monaco midfielder was slowly integrated into the team by Jurgen Klopp, and the Brazilian has a couple of quality outings under his belt.
Fabinho is a proper defensive midfielder but the Brazilian knows how to pick a pass too. Despite not starting regularly for the Reds, the 25-year-old is a constant in the national side and recently shared a picture of him training with the team during the international break.
The 25-year-old was seen alongside Everton midfielder Richarlison and a few others as they went through the paces.
Mais um dia. Vamos! 💨🇧🇷 📸 Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/8Q0IUN1Jag
— Fabinho (@_fabinhotavares) November 13, 2018
Fabinho’s introduction has seen Klopp devise a 4-2-3-1 formation where the 25-year-old plays as one of our two midfielders.
The Brazilian has looked comfortable in that position but has to work on his reactions in the Premier League.
The former Monaco man was excellent in our 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade a few weeks ago but wasn’t great in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal.
He was much better in the 2-0 win over Fulham but we are yet to see the best of the midfielder. With just a third of the campaign done, Fabinho has time on his side to get even better this season.
It will be interesting to see how we deal with the packed festive schedule, but there is no doubt Fabinho will play a crucial role for Liverpool in the rest of the season.
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