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Full Time: AS Roma 4-2 Liverpool

We all knew that the second leg semi-final at Stadio Olimpico will not be a cakewalk by any measure. Turns out that we were right.

AS Roma beat Liverpool to win 4-2 last night but thanks to our 5-2 lead from the first game, we were able to walk away with a narrow win. It was a tense match but it was highly exciting as well. It all started with Sadio Mane opening the scoring for us followed by an own goal from James Milner which helped Roma equalise.

From there on, it was a back-and-forth tussle between the two teams. Georginio Wijnaldum scored the second goal for Liverpool but the second-half was completely dominated by Roma as Edin Dzeko scored one to get them back into the game.

Radja Nainggolan added to their tally before the final whistle with a well-taken shot after which he also successfully netted a penalty.

The final score read 4-2 in favour of Roma but the aggregate score of 7-6 was enough for the Reds to set up a Champions League final vs Real Madrid.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Loris Karius – 7/10

Despite initial hiccups, Karius put in a good display for Liverpool. In Simon Mignolet’s absence, he has truly made the position between the sticks his own.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6.5/10

We have seen the youngster do a lot better, particularly in recent times. It was a shaky display from Trent and he struggled to deal with Stephan El Shaarawy.

Dejan Lovren – 5/10

Lovren’s aerial prowess was the only great thing about his performance. He was not reliable enough and made an unnecessary foul on El Shaarawy.

Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10

Liverpool’s best defender by a mile. Van Dijk established some much-needed calmness and composure at the back and he put in a solid performance.

Andrew Robertson – 7.5/10

Robertson contributed equally on both fronts and was quite impressive in such a high-pressure situation.

Jordan Henderson – 7.5/10

Henderson had a few messy moments in possession but he stood tall and weathered through the storm in a manner that only he can.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 8/10

Scored a crucial goal and he continued his good form against Roma last night.

James Milner – 7.5/10

Barring the unfortunate own goal, Milner put in a power-packed performance in the heart of the midfield.

Mohamed Salah – 5/10

Salah failed to deliver at his former club’s home ground. He lacked the cutting-edge in front of the goal and it was an unusually quiet performance from the Egyptian.

Sadio Mane – 9.5/10

Undoubtedly Liverpool’s best player on the field, Mane dominated proceedings like no other last night. He netted the opening goal and his speedy movement and tricks were impressive to the eye.

Roberto Firmino – 8/10

More than anything else, Firmino’s generosity, creativity and intelligence make him stand out from his contemporaries. He became a tad sloppy in the second-half but he did provide Mane with an assist.


Ragnar Klavan – 6.5/10

Was decent enough but could not make a strong impact.

Dominic Solanke – N/A

Came on too late.

Nathaniel Clyne – N/A

Lasted on the pitch for hardly a few seconds.

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Paris Saint-Germain set to sell 23-year-old Liverpool target for €15m this January



Adrien Rabiot of PSG

Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain are willing to sell Adrien Rabiot for a cut-price of €15m, according to Marca (Mirror).

The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and PSG are not willing to let the midfielder leave for nothing.

Liverpool have been interested in the 23-year-old (h/t Mirror) and the report adds that Arsenal and Chelsea have also been keen on the Frenchman.

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.

Adam Lallana Liverpool training

Adam Lallana of Liverpool

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.

Read more: “It’s good for us”: Jurgen Klopp believes January break between games will help Liverpool do better

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.

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Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race



Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure

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.”

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah scores against Brighton

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.

Read more: “It’s good for us”: Jurgen Klopp believes January break between games will help Liverpool do better

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.

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33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible



Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah (L) and Virgil van Dijk celebrate for Liverpool

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.

Fortress Anfield

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%.

33 wins

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.

Read more: Liverpool enter race to sign 21-year-old Dutch powerhouse from Club Brugge

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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