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Divock Origi the hero: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Everton




Liverpool players celebrate Merseyside derby winner

Divock Origi scored an incredible winner for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. The Belgian headed home in the 96th minute after Jordan Pickford could not keep out a Virgil van Dijk shot.

The ball hit the crossbar twice before Origi reacted the quickest, and it ensured we kept the chase for the Premier League title.

Both teams had clear-cut chances to score but it seemed the match would end in a draw before Origi came up with a priceless winner.

There were a few other heroes for the Reds at Anfield on Sunday, and here are the player ratings from the game.

Alisson Becker – 8.5/10

The Brazilian did extremely well to keep Andre Gomes out from point-blank range and had a couple of other saves to keep us in the game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6/10

Trent was almost punished early on after a foul on Bernard but Everton’s Yerry Mina missed an open goal. The Englishman didn’t have a great game for the Reds.

Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

The Belgian was tested a lot in the game and had a decent game, though his shot wasn’t the greatest, it set up the win.

Joe Gomez – 7.5/10

A great goal-line clearance kept us in the game early on and was possibly our best defender on the night.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

Theo Walcott was a problem for Robertson but the Scot did a decent job on the Everton winger.

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Fabinho – 7.5/10

The Brazilian had a couple of quality tackles that broke up play and set us into attack. The first half was possibly his best 45 for Liverpool and this is a great base for the former Monaco man to develop.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5/10

This was not the best performance from the Dutch midfielder as he looked tired in the second half.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10

The Swiss had one of the best chances of the game when he was one-on-one against Pickford but saw his shot saved.

Sadio Mane – 6.5/10

This doesn’t seem like the Mane of old as he had a couple of glorious chances but shot wide on both instances.

Mohamed Salah – 6/10

Salah had one shot which curled past the post and he set Mane through once, apart from that, the Egyptian had a quiet game and was replaced.

Roberto Firmino – 5/10

Firmino was barely in the game and only had one moment to talk about as his chest control and first-time pass put Mane through on goal.


Naby Keita – 6/10

Came on to speed up the game for Liverpool and did a decent job of it.

Daniel Sturridge – 6/10

It was a surprise seeing Sturridge come on and he didn’t do much in the game.

Read more: “I want to see them do well” – Former Liverpool boss full of praise for Jurgen Klopp

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Divock Origi scores for Liverpool against Everton

Divock Origi – 7.5/10

The Belgian had a great impact coming off the bench as he hit the post with one effort and was at the right place when Pickford made a hash of a Van Dijk shot to head the winner.

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Liverpool unlikely to make January signings as Klopp wants to keep a close unit



Liverpool won’t sign players in January unless they face a big problem

The Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst took part in a regular Q+A session after our loss to Napoli in the Champions League.

The journalist was asked about a range of topics regarding the club including our plans in the winter window and when our injured players could return.

Liverpool didn’t make any big signings in the summer as they signed a couple of young players. We did sign Adrian and Andy Lonergan but those were done to provide cover for Alisson.

Gorst was asked if the Reds would make any signings in the January window, and he claimed that it would take a major problem for any deal to take place (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think for Liverpool to be active in the January window there would have to be a big problem at Anfield.

“Klopp likes the close-knit makeup of his squad and prefers his numbers to be trim. I don’t see a scenario where the Reds boss is delving into the market to make a significant addition at this stage.”

The journalist added that Klopp believes in the current crop of players after the perfect start to the Premier League campaign.

Klopp averse to making winter signings

The German isn’t known to make big winter signings and it would be a huge deal if the manager makes a move in January.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

The Reds have a pretty strong team and it will be interesting to see how our season develops in the coming months.

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We have looked good so far this season and were a little unlucky to return from Napoli without a point.

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Liverpool interested in 27-year-old Real Madrid star but face competition from Premier League rivals



Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid attacker Isco

Calciomercato (h/t AS) reports that Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid’s talented Spaniard Isco.

The 27-year-old can play in several positions in the attack and has scored one goal and provided one assist for the Madrid side this season.

Isco has had his troubles with Real in the past season or so and only started 11 La Liga games for them.


The 27-year-old did appear in 16 league games as a substitute, with Real changing managers thrice in the previous campaign.

Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm of the La Liga giants and Isco hasn’t played for the side since the 1-1 draw against Valladolid at the end of August.

The report claims that there is further interest in Isco, with Manchester City and Juventus also keen on the 27-year-old.

Do Liverpool need Isco?

The Spaniard is a great talent but his inconsistency has been a problem over the past 18 months or so.

Liverpool could use a playmaker just behind the front-three and Isco is capable of playing in that position.

However, the Spaniard has mostly been used in the wide positions this season, and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move later on.

Liverpool have three of the best attackers in world football at the moment, and there is immense competition for places in the midfield too.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita could provide us with an attacking dimension from the midfield. However, the pair have had their injury problems in recent years.

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Isco would be a valuable addition to the team, but he won’t be guaranteed a starting spot. Landing the Spaniard on the cheap would be good business, but we shouldn’t break the bank for the 27-year-old.

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Spanish star linked with Liverpool after excellent display in Champions League



Fabian Ruiz of Napoli linked with Liverpool after excellent display

Liverpool’s Champions League opener might not have gone their way with a 2-0 defeat at Napoli.

The Reds were unlucky to concede a penalty late in the game, with replays showing that Jose Callejon had fallen over before contact was made with Andy Robertson.

Dries Mertens made no mistake from the spot and we tried to get back into the game.

Fabian Ruiz

Fernando Llorente scored in the dying seconds of the game after some miscommunication at the back, but we had our chances to score too.

One player who impressed in the midfield was Fabian Ruiz. The Spaniard was linked with the Reds before the clash (h/t Calciomercato) and did a great job in controlling the midfield.

The 23-year-old has been great for Napoli under Carlo Ancelotti, and reports (h/t Liverpool Echo) claim that the midfielder is being linked with Liverpool once again.

A quality signing for the Reds?

Liverpool do have a packed midfield with the likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain yet to shine this season.

Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum are great as a unit but the likes of James Milner and Adam Lallana are in their 30s and cannot start every game for us.

Marko Grujic
Marko Grujic celebrates

Marko Grujic has also impressed at Hertha Berlin on loan, and he should be handed a chance to prove his ability at Anfield.

The Serbian would be a smart option for the Reds but Ruiz seems to be a more complete article right now.

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Calciomercato added that Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested in the Spaniard, and it will be interesting to see if Ruiz is on the move next season.

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