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



Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

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



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



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



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

“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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