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Xherdan Shaqiri dazzles again: Liverpool player ratings from 4-1 Cardiff win



Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Liverpool moved three points clear at the top of the table with a 4-1 win over Cardiff City. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the 10th minute.

The Reds dominated the away side but couldn’t get clear shots on goal. It was becoming a frustrating afternoon at Anfield before Sadio Mane hammered home the second goal.

Things got tense when Callum Paterson scored via a deflection, but Xherdan Shaqiri calmed nerves with his first Liverpool goal in the 84th minute.

Mane wrapped up the points with a smart chip over the Cardiff keeper. There were some quality performances at Anfield, and here are the player ratings from the game.

Alisson – 6/10

The keeper didn’t have much to do in the game and will be disappointed that he couldn’t keep another clean sheet.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

The Englishman did a decent job for the Reds as he played high up the field supporting the attack in the first half.

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

Lovren didn’t make too many errors at the back and it was great seeing the Croatian get more minutes under his belt.

Virgil van Dijk Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

The Dutch defender was having an incredible game until he deflected a cross for Paterson to score.

Alberto Moreno – 7/10

Moreno didn’t have too many moments of madness at the back, but he will have tougher games in the days to come.

Fabinho – 7/10

The Brazilian was slow to a couple of tackles but this was another quality display after the Red Star game.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

Wijnaldum was great in midfield as he ran from box to box and kept Liverpool ticking.

Adam Lallana Liverpool training

Adam Lallana – 6.5/10

Lallana got another start under his belt but didn’t do much worth noting. The Englishman did have a header cleared off the line.

Mohamed Salah – 7.5/10

It was a strange game for Salah as he scored our opening goal and assisted a couple more, but he never got out of second gear.

Roberto Firmino – 6.5/10

The Brazilian didn’t have a great game against Cardiff. Firmino had his usual tricks and flicks but that was about it.

Sadio Mane – 7.5/10

Mane got the second and fourth goals of the game and both were typical goals. One was a rocket with his left foot and the other was a clever finish over the keeper.


Xherdan Shaqiri – 8/10

The Swiss was excellent once he came on and he was rewarded with a well-taken goal.

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James Milner – 6.5/10

Milner shored up the midfield and didn’t really make any mistakes.

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“It’s the wrong club for him” – ESPN pundit urges American star to snub Chelsea and join Liverpool



Christian Pulisic

Former Arsenal star and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner has told Christian Pulisic to snub Chelsea and join Liverpool.

The American sensation has been linked (h/t Guardian ) with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool interested in the winger.

Pulisic has found starts hard to come at the Bundesliga leaders and Mariner was quoted by the Express saying:

“No, don’t do it.

“It’s the wrong club for him.

“He’s just going to go into a hopper of decent footballers who eventually go out on loan.

“Is he going to get in the team on this present form? No he’s not.

The former Gunner added that Pulisic is still developing as a player and Liverpool would be great for him, especially because we have Jurgen Klopp

“If you were to ask me for a club he should go to – Liverpool.

“Klopp understands the Bundesliga, he understands what it takes to mould a player. He knows him very, very well.

“If Pulisic were to go to Liverpool, the nurturing and the way that Klopp puts his arm around players, I think it would be a fabulous move for him.”

The 20-year-old would be an incredible signing for the Reds and would add more firepower to our star-studded attack.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino haven’t been firing on all cylinders this season but the addition of Pulisic could change that.

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The American would not come on the cheap but given he has a ton of potential and is only 20, Klopp should take a punt on the Dortmund youngster.

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(Video) Liverpool star breaks down after seeing his side win 1-0 over Equatorial Guinea



Sadio Mane liverpool

Liverpool star Sadio Mane broke down in tears after Senegal’s 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.

The attacker had to be helped off the pitch by his teammates despite the team winning the game. The Metro reports that Mane had the chance to double Senegal’s lead in the game but missed his chance.

Many supporters turned on the 26-year-old and booed him for the miss. When the match ended, Mane fell to the ground, tearing up.

His teammates tried to help him up but the Liverpool star fell once again before he was taken off the pitch.

Mane has struggled to perform for Liverpool this season, and it seems his form deserted him for the national side too.

Although Senegal won the game, the reaction from Mane was a little surprising. This reaction reminds us of that 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace with Luis Suarez breaking down after the match ended.

The Senegal forward is one of our most important players and we need to have him in the right frame of mind for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old has seven goals for us this season, which isn’t a bad return, but we haven’t seen the best of our attackers yet.

Read more: “I probably have to do two months of running” – Liverpool star provides next steps on road to recovery

Our next game is a tough tie against Watford at Vicarage Road, and the Senegalese attacker has to be at his best if we are to pick up the three points.

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Liverpool keeping an eye on 18-year-old Brazilian sensation



Bruno Roberto

Liverpool are one of the clubs keeping an eye on Brazilian sensation Bruno Roberto, according to the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old recently played for the senior Atletico Mineiro side and is expected to follow the “lead” by Gabriel Jesus, as per the report.

Roberto plays as an attacking midfielder and has also interested the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea, as per the report.

The 18-year-old could be another great Brazilian coming through the ranks and it will be interesting to see if we follow up with our interest.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Liverpool have a few Brazilian internationals in their side with Alisson and Fabinho joining in the summer. Roberto Firmino has enjoyed a fantastic spell under Jurgen Klopp and seems to be getting better with each season under his belt.

The Reds have to be wary regarding South American youngsters as we have another Brazilian on the books, Allan, that has had trouble getting work permits in Britain.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt but hasn’t played a single competitive game for the Reds since joining in 2015.

Roberto could be a star in the making and if he wants to develop into the finished article, there is no better place than Liverpool.

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Klopp has one of the best youth teams in England, and the German is known for handing chances to youngsters at the club.

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