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Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick destroys Bournemouth – Liverpool player ratings from 4-0 win



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Liverpool went to the top of the Premier League after their resounding 4-0 win over Bournemouth. The Reds will stay on top should Manchester City lose, but the performance was fantastic from the first minute.

Mohamed Salah got the first goal of the game before adding a second a couple of minutes after half-time. Lewis Cook scored into his own net before Salah completed his hat-trick by showing his composure in front of goal.

The Reds now prepare for a tough clash against Napoli in the Champions League, and should we play in the same manner, the Italians will be in for a hammering.

There were many other stars on show alongside Salah, and here are the player ratings from the win.

Alisson – 7.5/10

The Brazilian had a couple of quality saves from the tie and did well in tough conditions with the ball swirling around in the air.

James Milner – 7.5/10

The Englishman was played as the right-back and didn’t look comfortable in the first half. He did much better in the second but some of his crossing wasn’t great.

Virgil van Dijk – 7.5/10

A solid display from the Dutch defender but there were a few iffy moments at the back for Liverpool. 

Joel Matip – 8/10

Matip was brilliant at the back and even had a few foraging runs into the Bournemouth half during the second 45 minutes.

Andy Robertson – 8.5/10

The Scot was excellent at the back and his crossing was brilliant too. It was his ball that helped us get the third goal and he provided more for us than Alberto Moreno did in the previous tie.

Fabinho – 7.5/10

The Brazilian broke up a number of Bournemouth attacks and was solid in midfield. He did pick up a yellow for a slightly late tackle in the second half.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

Wijnaldum returned to the side and did a pretty good job in the midfield. Nothing out of the word but kept things simple with a few darting runs.

Naby Keita – 7.5/10

Keita was great in the middle of the park as he tried to link up with our attack. Another decent game under his belt this season.

Mohamed Salah – 9.5/10

Salah was brilliant in this tie as he scored from a Roberto Firmino shot in the first half. His second goal was like he was back to his best as he dribbled and shot well despite getting clipped, and the third was incredible. The old Salah is back!

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7.5/10

Shaqiri often dropped deep to pick the ball up and help create an attack. He didn’t have much luck in front of goal but this was a decent showing.

Roberto Firmino – 8/10

A much better outing this time around too. Firmino’s saved shot helped Salah open the scoring, and he looked bright in the attack too.


Adam Lallana – 6/10

The Englishman had some nice flicks but was busted open and had to be patched up late in the game.

Sadio Mane – 6/10

It was great seeing Mane back in the team and we should see him play against Napoli.

Read more: Liverpool striker duo emerges as possible transfer targets for AC Milan

Jordan Henderson – NA

Came on late in the game.

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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.”

Timo werner

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.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

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



Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

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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