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Bobby Firmino takes the match ball – Player ratings from Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

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Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

Liverpool players celebrate against Arsenal

Liverpool were supreme against Arsenal as we pumped five past Unai Emery’s men. Surprisingly we conceded the opening goal of the game as Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored in the 11th minute.

However, the lead did not last long as a mix-up in the Arsenal defence allowed Roberto Firmino to score in an empty net.

The Brazilian followed it up with another brilliant goal in the 14th minute as he single-handedly took the defence apart and slotted past Bernd Leno.

Mohamed Salah set up Sadio Mane for our third before we got a late penalty in the first half which the Egyptian scored.

We got another pen in the second after Dejan Lovren was fouled, and Salah allowed Firmino to capture his hat-trick and take home the match ball.

The win, coupled with Tottenham’s loss, opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the table before Manchester City played, and here are our player ratings from the clash.

Alisson – 7.5/10

The Brazilian commanded the box well but couldn’t do much for the goal conceded. Alisson’s distribution was great too as his laser pass helped win our first pen.

Trent Alexander-Arnold scores for Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

The Englishman had an alright game at the back but his passing wasn’t always on point.

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

Gave the ball away for Arsenal’s goal and was out of position but got us a penalty in the second half.

Virgil van Dijk – 7.5/10

The Dutch defender had a decent game at the back as he ensured Arsenal couldn’t create more after that first goal.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

The Scot was tested a lot by Maitland-Niles and had to be careful after picking up a yellow card. The left-back helped create the third goal too.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 8.5/10

Wijnaldum wasn’t amongst the goals but he did a great job in keeping Arsenal in check and kept our midfield ticking.

Fabinho of Liverpool

Fabinho bossed Manchester United

Fabinho – 7/10

The Brazilian had some iffy moments as his passing wasn’t on point but had a much better game in the second half.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7.5/10

Shaqiri did really well as he helped out in attack and also did his bit by chasing the Arsenal players down.

Sadio Mane – 8.5/10

Got a well-deserved goal in the first half and his performance was brilliant as he made life difficult for Arsenal’s defence.

Roberto Firmino – 9/10

Firmino brought Liverpool back into the game as he kept running for the first goal, got a brilliant second and was given the pen for the third goal. A fine hat-trick for some quality performances throughout the season.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Mohamed Salah – 7.5/10

The Egyptian didn’t have a great game, to be honest. He scored a pen, assisted Mane’s goal but he was not the best of our attackers.

Substitutes

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The captain came on to calm things down and give us more control in the second half.

Adam Lallana – 5/10

Came on to give Wijnaldum a well-deserved break.

Read more: “He can play Premier League football this season” – Klopp provides encouraging update on injured Englishman

Nathaniel Clyne – NA

The right-back came on to give Robertson a rest.

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Transfer Watch: Liverpool’s midfield target scores stunning hat-trick against Mainz

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James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez

Latest Liverpool news: Liverpool target James Rodriguez scores hat-trick for Bayern Munich

Liverpool have been linked with Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to El Confidencial (h/t Mirror).

The 27-year-old is on loan at Bayern Munich and is set to complete his two-year spell in the Bundesliga.

The report claims that Bayern might not sign the Colombian at the end of the two-year spell and Real would be looking to sell the former Monaco star.

Rodriguez hasn’t been consistent during his time in Germany, and he was poor in Bayern’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in their Champions League exit in midweek.

However, the Colombian returned to form for Bayern as they scored six past a hapless Mainz side

Rodriguez on fire against Mainz

The Colombian scored a brilliant hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Mainz as they kept their spot at the top of the Bundesliga.

The first goal wasn’t great but the second one was a screamer from outside the box. The Colombian then had the poise to chip the onrushing the keeper to complete his hat-trick.

Rodriguez could do a good job for us but his price point will be a big concern. The report suggests that Real would be looking at a minimum of £59m for the 27-year-old.

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The Colombian hasn’t been able to replicate his form from the 2014 World Cup at Real and Bayern, and maybe another change in scenery could get the attacker’s career back on track.

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La liga giants interested in 22-year-old Liverpool target starring in Germany

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Julian Brandt

Liverpool FC transfer news: Spanish giants interested in Liverpool target Julian Brandt

Julian Brandt is one of the brightest players in the Bundesliga, and Bild (h/t Calciomercato) reports that Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are interested in the 22-year-old.

The report claims that the Liverpool target has a release clause of €25m should Bayer Leverkusen fail to finish in the Champions League positions in the Bundesliga.

The top four in Germany make it to the Champions League with Leverkusen holding the sixth spot at the moment.

The report adds that the club is preparing for life without Brandt and the activation of the release clause.

Brandt lighting it up in the Bundesliga

The 22-year-old has scored four goals and provided nine assists in the Bundesliga this season. The German international can play in several positions across the pitch and it will be interesting to see where he lands up next season.

Liverpool could do with more attacking players, especially as cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Brandt would be a fantastic signing for the Reds given his age and potential, and his release clause isn’t that high either.

Jurgen Klopp has had a great run regarding his transfers with most of them performing well since moving to Anfield.

The Reds were busy in the transfer window in the summer and Klopp recently claimed that Liverpool would not spend huge in the summer.

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Klopp has built a formidable side at Anfield and we need just a few more quality signings to take us to another level.

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Liverpool to battle London giants for 19-year-old attacker with €30m release clause

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Jota Benfica

Latest Liverpool transfer news: Liverpool interested in Benfica youngster Jota

Liverpool are interested in 19-year-old Benfica forward Jota, also known as Joao Filipe, according to the Telegraph.

The report claims that the forward has a release clause of €30million and the youngster made his breakthrough to the first-team recently.

Liverpool face competition from Tottenham and Arsenal as they keep tabs on the teenager. The report claims that Tottenham sent scouts to watch the youngster in action during the Europa League clash against Dinamo Zagreb.

The youngster can play out wide or as a central striker, and the report claims that Jota could be sold before participating in this years U20 World Cup in Poland.

Benfica holding tight to their stars

Jota is another talent coming through the Benfica academy and the report claims that their president will not allow players to leave below their respective release clauses.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

The report adds that Jota’s contract is up in 2022 and there are discussions to increase his release substantially by offering him a new deal.

Jota could be an exciting talent for the future and it is to be seen how we deal with this link. The Reds could do with more attacking options given that only Xherdan Shaqiri is an out-and-out winger in the first-team.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane don’t have a lot of competition on the wings and we have seen Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge play out wide this season.

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Spending €30m on a player with potential is certainly risky, however, Jurgen Klopp’s success rate with transfers at Liverpool has been high.

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