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

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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.

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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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Liverpool slap £15million price tag on out of favour veteran star – PL trio interested

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds want £15million for Simon Mignolet

The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool have slapped a £15million tag on Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The 31-year-old has recorded just a couple of starts for the Reds this season. Mignolet played in the two domestic cup games for Liverpool but both ended in defeat.

The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been an excellent professional this season but has seen his time limited on the pitch because of Alisson. The Brazilian has been an incredible signing for the Reds and even won the Golden Glove in his first season.

Many clubs looking for goalkeepers in the summer

The Daily Mail adds that Watford, Bournemouth and the newly-promoted Norwich all in the market for a goalkeeper.

The 31-year-old is still a part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad and he needs to play regularly to keep his place in the team.

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet

Mignolet has had his ups and downs at Anfield but no one can question his commitment to the side. The Belgian has always been supportive of the team, even if he isn’t playing regularly.

It will be interesting to see if we can get £15million for the Belgian. Liverpool have pulled off some incredible deals for players such as Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke in recent times, and the Reds will be tough negotiators in the upcoming transfer market as well.

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Liverpool also need to take a decision on who the No.2 would be for Alisson next season as we need a reliable back-up should the Brazilian pick up an injury or something.

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Boost for Liverpool as reputed Spanish expert confirms Reds are in contact with Ajax star

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Latest Liverpool news: Guillem Balague claims Liverpool are talking with Matthijs de Ligt

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague spoke on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily Podcast and claimed that Liverpool are in talks with Matthijs de Ligt (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The Spaniard claimed that the Reds have “been talking to him” about a possible move (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt

De Ligt is one of the best players in the Dutch league and led Ajax to another Eredivisie title. The 19-year-old helped Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League but the team were knocked out by Tottenham.

Manchester City also in the running for De Ligt

The Liverpool Echo adds that De Ligt isn’t in a hurry to finalise his future.

There are several clubs interested in the centre-back, with Manchester City also interested in him after Vincent Kompany decided to leave the Cityzens (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the Dutch defender (h/t Liverpool Echo), and the centre-back has done an excellent job alongside Virgil van Dijk in the national team.

Matthijs de Ligt

The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League this season and conceded just 22 goals in 38 games. De Ligt would make a wonderful signing for the present and the future, however, the Reds already have a quality young defender in Joe Gomez.

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The Englishman’s playing time was cut short due to a fracture, while Joel Matip has done a brilliant job alongside Van Dijk in the heart of our defence.

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“Best things come in threes” – Klopp confident of overturning personal record in the CL final

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Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp confident ahead of Champions League clash despite finals record

Jurgen Klopp isn’t fazed by a third Champions League final despite not winning the first two.

The German took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich, and we lost last season to Real Madrid.

Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup final and the Europa League final but we lost both of them. Howeer, the German isn’t worried about that record and spoke about his history of winning things on the third try (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):

“In Germany we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’.

“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.”

The German added that this was his fourth European final and lauded the quality of the teams he had under him.

Klopp claimed that the away win over Bayern Munich was the best away game his team have played at the European level.

Klopp expects a tough game in Madrid

Tottenham will not be an easy side and Klopp did not expect anything other than a tough clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. The German wanted the Reds to call upon their experience from the season and backed the side to play good football:

“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.”

The Reds won both their clashes against Spurs in the Premier League this season but a Champions League final could see the best of the London side.

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Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Spurs but we have the quality to win the sixth Champions League crown.

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