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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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Bad news for Liverpool? Gary Neville claims Man City will have this advantage over the Reds during next two Premier League match days

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Manchester City have an advantage over Liverpool in the next two rounds of the Premier League.

The Reds played before City in the last weekend and piled on the pressure after defeating Crystal Palace. City made light work of Huddersfield and will play before the Reds after the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.

Neville was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Express) and claimed playing first was preferable:

“[It makes] a big difference.

“It’s preferable.”

The Sky Sports pundit further claimed that during his playing days at United, the team felt playing first was an advantage. Getting the points first before their rivals was always preferred, according to Neville, and he believed City will put the pressure on Liverpool.

“Either go further in front or close the gap. There’s no doubt it’s a different type of pressure.

“City will absolutely want to be closing that gap to one point, and asking Liverpool have they got it in them to stand the pressure of playing the day after or two days after.”

Liverpool celebrate win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool players celebrate a win

City play Newcastle away a day before we host Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men then host Arsenal a day prior to us travelling to West Ham United.

The Premier League champions can cut the lead to just one point before we face Leicester, and it will be important for us to respond in the perfect manner, irrespective of City’s result.

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Liverpool haven’t dropped many points this season, and if we win these two Premier League games, the pressure will be back on our rivals as the race for the title heats up.

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“This makes me very happy”, “Extremely happy for him” – Some Liverpool fans excited as star Englishman returns to training in Dubai

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Liverpool are off to the sunny shores of Dubai for a much-needed warm weather break. The Reds lead the Premier League but came off two tough wins in recent weeks.

The last one saw us just about defeat Crystal Palace at Anfield and a few players are doubtful for the clash against Leicester City.

Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are facing fitness issues, however, there was some good news for the Liverpool fans as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught training in Dubai.

The Englishman picked up an ACL injury in our Champions League tie against AS Roma last season and has not played for the side since.

The Reds have missed his driving runs and goals this season. Who knows what the team could have done if Liverpool had Oxlade-Chamberlain playing from the first game in this campaign!

It would be fantastic if we can have the Ox back for some games during the later stage of the season as we look to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds hold a four-point lead over Manchester City and have some tough games remaining this season.

Several fans were excited over Ox’s training and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.

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“He sometimes sends me messages” – Virgil van Dijk cannot believe this Liverpool legend texts him prior to games

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Virgil van Dijk in training

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has revealed that club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish messages the Dutchman before games.

Van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world and has helped the Reds to the top of the Premier League.

The Dutchman joined the Reds from Southampton last year and told Liverpoolfc.com about spoke about the King being open with Van Dijk:

“Kenny Dalglish gave me his mobile number in the very beginning and told me to ring him at any time.

“It is unbelievable when he sometimes sends me messages before games. That is what Liverpool is about.”

The defender added that on match-days he gets to meet many legends and learn more about the club’s history.

The Dutch defender has possibly been the best player for the Reds this season, and could reach legendary status, just like Kenny if he keeps doing the job at the back.

It isn’t just Van Dijk who has been great, the rest of the Liverpool back-four has been fantastic in most games. The Dutchman is an incredible presence at the back, and he seems to make players better if they play alongside him.

The Reds have one of the best defences in Europe, and should we keep things tight at the back, there is a chance of winning silverware under Jurgen Klopp.

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If the Dutchman helps us to the Premier League title, there is no doubt he would be considered as one of the best to have ever played for Liverpool.

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