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Milner stars, Salah disappoints: Liverpool player ratings from 2-1 win over PSG

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Liverpool scored a stoppage-time winner against Paris Saint-Germain to cap off another fantastic night at Anfield.

The Reds were brilliant against PSG and raced into a 2-0 lead. Daniel Sturridge and James Milner scored for the home side before Thomas Meunier pulled one back for PSG.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe barely threatened the Reds but the pair needed one chance to make us pay. The French attacker got his opportunity in the 83rd minute and made no mistake.

Liverpool could have given up and accepted a draw but Roberto Firmino had other ideas as he produced a brilliant shot to beat the PSG keeper in the 91st minute.

Cue jubilant scenes all around the park as the Reds beat one of the biggest sides in Europe and here are the player ratings from Anfield.

Alisson – 7/10

The Brazilian can’t be blamed for the goals and wasn’t tested much during the game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

Trent didn’t have a lot of problems dealing with Neymar and Angel Di Maria. The Englishman also produced some quality crosses in the game.

Virgil van Dijk – 7.5/10

The Dutch defender reduced Edinson Cavani to a mere spectator in the game. Another commanding performance from Van Dijk, though he should have produced a stronger tackle prior to the second goal.

Joe Gomez – 7.5/10

Another quality performance from the youngster as he made a couple of important blocks and interceptions.

Andy Robertson – 8/10

The Scot provided a stunning cross for Sturridge’s opener and was handy at keeping Mbappe in check throughout the evening.

James Milner – 9/10

The former Manchester City man was incredible as he scored an important penalty and also made a brilliant tackle on Neymar which got the crowd going.

Jordan Henderson – 7.5//10

Hendo didn’t look off the pace, given his World Cup heroics, and the captain did everything right with his passing and tackling in the midfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7/10

This wasn’t Gini’s best outing but we can cut him some slack after a fantastic start to the season. The Dutchman was a little slow but got us the penalty for Milner to convert.

Mohamed Salah – 6/10

Salah gave the ball away for Mbappe’s goal and even had an effort ruled out for a foul by Sturridge. The Egyptian wasn’t the best player on the night for us.

Daniel Sturridge – 7.5/10

The Englishman got a start and he made good use of it by scoring the opener. Sturridge did have a couple of chances to extend the lead but this was a decent performance.

Sadio Mane – 7/10

The former Saint did a pretty good job at the start of the game as we hammered PSG but slowly faded away in the second half.

Substitutes

Roberto Firmino – 8/10

One good eye? No problem. Firmino came up with the goods in injury time for the Reds.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10

The Swiss was a late substitute but did pretty well at holding the ball

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Fabinho – N/A

Did not have enough time to do anything besides celebrate the win.

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Why a move for this Argentine star would take Liverpool’s attack to the next level

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Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala

Liverpool opinion: Why signing Paulo Dybala would be incredible for Liverpool’s attack

Argentine sensation Paulo Dybala has been linked with a move as Liverpool consider a summer bid for the Juventus star, according to Tuttosport (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 25-year-old joined the Italian giants from Palermo and has gone from strength to strength in Turin.

Dybala has won the Serie A thrice with Juventus and also has three Coppa Italia titles to his name. The 25-year-old is yet to win something with the national side, but that is a different story.

Liverpool could do with more options in attack

The Argentine is one of the brightest sparks in the Serie A, but he hasn’t been prolific in front of the net this season.

Dybala only has nine goals in all competitions with four assists in this campaign, and the limelight has focused on Cristiano Ronaldo since the move from Real Madrid.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have had a fantastic season with several players chipping in. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have 17 goals each in the Premier League. Virgil van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world while Alisson has done his bit in keeping us in the title race.

However, the Reds need to bring in quality options for their front three.

Roberto Firmino, Salah and Mane are great as a trio but as soon as one of them is injured, we end up losing a lot of attacking ability.

Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge are decent players but they don’t have the same impact on the pitch as the trio.

Divock Origi of Liverpool

Divock Origi scores for Liverpool against Everton

Dybala has the ability to play across the front-line or just behind the striker and would be that addition that takes our attack to the next level.

It would provide Jurgen Klopp scope to mix things around with the attack, and also allow the German to rest the attackers in certain games.

The Reds have been extremely reliant on Salah over the past year, and his lack of goals in recent weeks has been taken care off by Mane’s brilliant form.

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The Argentine is young, tenacious and has the quality to shine for a team like ours. It will be interesting to see if Juventus are willing to deal with us for the attacker, but there is no doubt Dybala would increase the competition for places at Liverpool and could raise the game of the other players.

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“I try to look at this player and reach that level” – Premier League sensation dreams of reaching Mohamed Salah’s level

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Latest Liverpool news: Eden Hazard wants to emulate good friend Mohamed Salah

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard is having another fruitful season at Chelsea. The Belgian has scored 13 times and has 11 assists to his name this season in the Premier League.

The former Lille man was speaking with NBC sports and claimed that Mohamed Salah is one of the players he tries to emulate (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“Mo Salah is one of my good friends and he is doing something incredible.

“I try to look at this player and I try to reach that level.”

The 28-year-old has been the star for Chelsea over many years while Salah has done incredibly well since signing from AS Roma.

Salah has 24 goals in all competitions this season with 17 in the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

Salah helping Liverpool towards glory

The Egyptian broke several scoring records last season as we reached the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Salah is just one behind Sergio Aguero this season in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, but we are two points ahead of Manchester City.

The Egyptian hasn’t scored in his last seven games, but Liverpool are in a great position in the Champions League too with a two-legged quarter-final against Porto.

Hazard, for his part, seems to be doing it all for the Blues as they try to finish in the top four. However, Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier League.

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The Belgian has always been one of the best in the Premier League, and it is proof of Salah’s quality that Hazard is trying to copy the Egyptian.

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Liverpool have some tough decisions to make in the summer and it includes strengthening this position

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Liverpool opinion: Reds have tough decisions to make regarding goalkeeping spots next season

Liverpool went out and smashed the record transfer fee for a goalkeeper when they signed Alisson from AS Roma (h/t BBC).

That record didn’t last for long as Chelsea bought Kepa Arrizabalaga (h/t BBC), however, this was a statement of intent from the Reds in the summer.

The goalkeeping position was always going to be a huge problem for the Reds as Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius fought it out for the No.1 spot in the team.

Both made mistakes when Jurgen Klopp played them in the team, and Karius had a tough outing against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The German was sent on loan to Besiktas in the summer, but problems have risen in Turkey. Reports suggest that Karius wants the Reds to cancel after a difficult season.

Loris Karius of Liverpool

The former Mainz star has made a few glaring errors at his new home too, and reports suggest that a couple of German clubs are interested in signing him.

Who plays as the No.2 next season?

The dilemma that Liverpool could face is regarding their No.2 goalkeeper for next season. Karius left the Reds on a two-year loan deal to Besiktas and it will be interesting to see if he is open to becoming our No.2 again or if Klopp wants him back.

The German keeper hasn’t even completed one season away from the Reds.

Simon Mignolet has been a fantastic No.2 this season, especially because of his professionalism. The Belgian was replaced by Karius last season and has hinted he will discuss his future in the summer (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Simon Mignolet of Liverpool

Simon Mignolet

The Reds also have young goalkeepers such as Caoimhin Kelleher and Kamil Grabara impressing recently.

Grabara is out on loan at AGF and featured on the bench in our 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the Carabao Cup this season.

Liverpool need a dependable No.2 who can do a job should he be called upon and pushing a young keeper into that role might be a risk.

Similarly, making Karius the No.2 before he has found his confidence again would be just as risky.

Any goalkeeper that is the second choice will have limited game time, however, we need someone of quality who can step up if Alisson gets injured.

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The Reds have some thinking to do in the summer, and hopefully, we find the right person to cover our Brazilian star.

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