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Naby Keita stars for Klopp’s men: Player ratings from Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley



James Milner of Liverpool

James Milner of Liverpool

Liverpool fought back from a goal down to defeat Burnley and kept the pressure on Manchester City. After a drab first half, Jack Cork scored from a corner but James Milner equalised in the 62nd minute.

Jurgen Klopp mixed things up with his starting XI with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah being rested. However, the German brought the pair on and the Brazilian scored after 69 minutes.

Liverpool controlled the game thereafter against the relegation threatened side and Xherdan Shaqiri wrapped up the points in stoppage time after a great counter.

This was a tough game but the Reds can now look forward to three tough games in the span of a couple of weeks.

We play Bournemouth away before facing Napoli and Manchester United at home. There were a couple of stars for Liverpool in the tie, and here are the player ratings for our boys.

Alisson Becker – 7.5/10

There wasn’t much that Alisson could have done to stop the goal going in. The Brazilian then pulled off a quality save at 2-1 and launched an attack that led to our third goal.

Joe Gomez – 6/10

The English youngster started off well but had to be replaced early after a tough challenge from Ben Mee.

Joel Matip – 7/10

Matip looked a little off the pace in the first half but did a decent enough job in the second.

Virgil van Dijk Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk – 7.5/10

Van Dijk was against quality at the back and he came through in the final minutes as he assisted Firmino for the second goal.

Alberto Moreno – 6.5/10

We saw the gulf in class between Robertson and Moreno with the Spaniard making a few errors at the back before being replaced.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7.5/10

The first half was a drab affair for the Swiss but he came more into the fray in the second half and scored our third.

Naby Keita – 8/10

The Guinea midfielder had a couple of quality shots saved by Joe Hart in the second half, and this was possibly his best game for us since the opening day win over West Ham.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

This was the typical Jordan Henderson show, nothing too special but not many mistakes.

James Milner – 7.5/10

Milner scored an important equaliser when things looked a little bleak. His shot was well-placed and Hart was unsighted and the midfielder finished the game as our left-back.

Divock Origi – 6.5/10

The Belgian was rewarded for his Merseyside derby winner with a start but didn’t really do much apart from setting up Milner for the goal.

Daniel Sturridge – 6/10

Sturridge lasted the entire 90 and had a role to play in our third goal, but we need to see more end product from the Englishman.


Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.5/10

The youngster had to be brought on to replace an injured Gomez but had a crucial role in the second goal thanks to a great free-kick.

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

The Egyptian looked sharp after coming on and served the ball on a plate for Shaqiri to score.

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Roberto Firmino – 7/10

Firmino was great after coming on and scored an important goal to put us into the lead.

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Liverpool tracking 17-year-old Frenchman starring in the Ligue 1



Eduardo Camavinga

Liverpool tracking Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga

Eduardo Camavinga has been one of the most impressive players for Rennes this season.

The 17-year-old Frenchman has featured in 20 games for the Ligue 1 club and was one of the stars in the 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

The defensive midfielder has also played in the Europa League and several clubs are interested in him.

Eduardo Camavinga
Eduardo Camavinga celebrates for Rennes (Image credit: AFP)

Calciomercato claims that Liverpool are one of the clubs tracking the 17-year-old. Paris Saint-Germain and Milan are also keen on the teenage sensation, according to the report.

Do Liverpool need a young midfielder?

The Reds have a fantastic side at the moment and there aren’t many weaknesses around. The only problem we could face is injuries with Fabinho and Joel Matip missing chunks of this season already.

Alisson was also out for a while but Adrian did a great job in place of the Brazilian keeper.

Camavinga could be a great player for the future and would provide more steel to our midfield.

James Milner of Liverpool
James Milner didn’t start in the draw against Manchester United (Image credit: Getty)

James Milner and Adam Lallana are free agents in the summer, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the pair.

Should both leave, we would require quality replacements. Marko Grujic has impressed at Hertha Berlin but Camavinga could be a decent option too.

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The Frenchman wouldn’t start regularly for us, but his growth could be boosted further under Klopp and his coaching team.

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This Liverpool-linked starlet could debut against arch-rivals in FA Cup



Takumi Minamino

Takumi Minamino could make his Liverpool debut against Everton in FA Cup

Liverpool are expected to sign RB Salzburg midfielder Takumi Minamino in the January window, according to the Mirror.

The Japanese star has been one of the bright spots for the Austrian team. He should be a Liverpool player on 1st Jan as long as he passes a medical (h/t Mirror).

Minamino scored against the Reds in the Champions League clash at Anfield, and he could be in line to make a huge debut too.

Takumi Minamino
Takumi Minamino has been excellent for RB Salzburg this season (Image credit: Getty)

The Mirror claims that the 24-year-old has a chance of facing Sheffield United in a Premier League clash on 2 January.

However, it is more likely he will make his debut in the third round of the FA Cup against Everton on 5 January.

That would be an incredible game to make his debut in, and Minamino could do a decent job for us in the second half of the campaign.

Mixing it up at Anfield

Minamino can play in a withdrawn role and could give Roberto Firmino a break. The Japanese can also play on the right-wing, which would allow Mohamed Salah to be rested once in a while.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino
Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino celebrate at Sheffield United (Image credit: Getty)

Most of the midfielders at Liverpool can play in other positions. James Milner and Jordan Henderson have played as full-backs, while Fabinho has made a few appearances in the heart of the defence.

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It is that kind of versatility that would make Minamino a decent addition to the side. Hopefully, the Japanese is a Liverpool player soon and an official announcement is made soon.

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Liverpool in contact with representatives of 20-year-old Brazilian striker ahead of possible move



Liverpool in contact with Evanilson’s representatives over possible 2020 move

Liverpool have been linked with Brazilian youngster Evanilson, according to UOL (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 20-year-old striker plays for Fluminense and his contract expires with them in February.

The report claims that Liverpool have contacted Evanilson’s representatives over a possible switch next season.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp during a pre-season game (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool have also scouted the forward all season (h/t Liverpool Echo) and it will be interesting to see what happens with him in the coming months.

Evanilson also spent a season on loan at Samorin, but has broken into the Fluminense first-team recently.

The 20-year-old still has a lot to learn in the game and it will be interesting to see if we sign him in the coming months.

Liverpool’s youth policy

Evanilson could be a smart signing for the future. The Reds have invested in their youth teams in the past and have seen a couple of those players become regulars for the first-team.

Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg were two young players who were signed in the previous summer window.

Harvey Elliott
Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham (Image credit: Getty)

The pair have also impressed in the Carabao Cup and could feature further this season. Curtis Jones has also done well and also played against Bournemouth after coming off the bench.

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The Reds have made some excellent signings under Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, and Evanilson could be the next one.

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