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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.

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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.

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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.

Read more: Good news for Liverpool fans as Reds begin contract talks with £3.5m rising star

James Milner – 6.5/10

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

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“We’d welcome him to our team”: Liverpool duo send an open invitation for Bundesliga star to join the Reds



Timo Werner

Timo Werner of RB Leipzig

Latest Liverpool transfer news: Mane and Keita want Werner at Anfield

Timo Werner is one of the hottest properties in German football and Liverpool have been linked with the forward, according to the Daily Star.

The report claims that we face competition from Manchester United and Bayern Munich for the 22-year-old forward. Naby Keita joined the Reds from RB Leipzig and claimed he would try his best to bring Werner to Anfield (h/t Daily Star):

“We played very well together in Leipzig, and he was one of my best friends there. It’s clear: If he’ll be on the move, I ask Timo to join us here at Liverpool.”

Sadio Mane also wanted the striker to join the Reds and told Bild (h/t Daily Star):

“I’d advise him to join Liverpool. I like his style of play. Very forceful, good finish, always giving it 100 per cent. If he wants to join us, we’d welcome him to our team.”

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Timo Werner

The report adds that Werner is the No.1 target for the Reds, and it will be interesting to see how things progress in the summer.

Liverpool have 0ne of the best attacks in the world

Liverpool play with three of the best attackers in world football with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino partnering Mane. The trio have plundered several goals since last season, but we could do with more attacking options.

Dominic Solanke was sold to Bournemouth in the winter window, and the report adds that Daniel Sturridge could leave the Reds at the end of the season.

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That would leave us with just Divock Origi as a senior forward in the side, and it would be a major surprise if we don’t sign some players in the summer.

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Premier League rivals submit £39m bid for highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool target



Luka Jovic

Luka Jovic

Liverpool FC transfer news: Chelsea submit bid for Liverpool target Luka Jovic

The Metro (h/t Mirror) reports that Chelsea have submitted a £39million bid for Liverpool target Luka Jovic. The 21-year-old Serbian has been in excellent form for Eintracht Frankfurt this season and has found the back of the net 19 times from 27 appearances.

The report adds that Liverpool have kept an eye on the highly-rated forward, who is also being tracked by La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Chelsea have now joined the race for the Serb, who is on loan at Frankfurt from Benfica. The report adds that Barcelona had agreed on personal terms with Jovic earlier in the week, however, his current club have stated that they would like to exercise their right-to-buy clause with Benfica.

The report also adds that Chelsea have made the 21-year-old a priority for the summer despite signing Gonzalo Higuain on loan and Christian Pulisic for next season.

Liverpool need more attacking options

The Reds have one of the best forward lines in football, however, the report claims that Jurgen Klopp will be looking for reinforcements in the summer window.

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Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge’s contract at Anfield comes to an end in the summer while Divock Origi hasn’t been receiving regular time on the field.

The Reds also sold Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth in the winter window with Nathaniel Clyne joining the forward on loan at the Cherries.

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It will be interesting to see our activity once the season ends. The Reds signed several stars at the start of this campaign and hopefully, that leads to a title or two soon.

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German football expert believes Klopp will extend Anfield stay even if he fails to land a trophy this season



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Jurgen Klopp

Latest Liverpool news: Raphael Honigstein believes Jurgen Klopp will extend stay at Liverpool

German football expert Raphael Honigstein believes Jurgen Klopp will extend his stay at Anfield beyond 2022. The manager signed a new deal with Liverpool in 2016 which keeps him at the club until 2022, but the expert claims that Klopp will sign a new deal even if he fails to land a trophy.

Honigstein is also the author of “Bring the Noise: The Jurgen Klopp story” and said (h/t Daily Star)

“Klopp is totally happy at Liverpool and the club is totally happy with him. I think that he will renew his contract beyond 2022.

“Regardless of whether [Liverpool] become champions or Champions League winners, he will extend to 99.9 per cent.”

The Daily Star adds that Klopp had been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga giants are still open to signing the Liverpool manager.

Bayern still an option for Klopp

Honigstein did warn that Klopp could sign for the Bundesliga powerhouses later in his career:

“He is flexible and ambitious enough to think about this opportunity if there is another opportunity.”

Klopp has done an excellent job for the Reds even though he hasn’t picked up a trophy at Anfield. The Reds are in a strong position to win the league title and face Bayern Munich in the round of 16 in the Champions League.

Liverpool are possibly playing their best football in the Premier League era, and the next logical step is winning a trophy under the manager.

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We have a great chance of doing that this season, and it will be interesting to see how things go in the league and the Champions League in the coming weeks.

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