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Virgil van Dijk stars for the Reds – Liverpool player ratings from hard-fought 1-0 win over Brighton



Liverpool players celebrate against Brighton

Liverpool players celebrate

Liverpool weren’t brilliant but they didn’t succumb to the pressure of being league leaders. The Reds had lost their previous two games and Brighton away was never going to be easy.

The Reds bossed possession from the first minute and although we played with Fabinho alongside Virgil van Dijk, there were only minor moments where we were troubled.

We had over 70% possession in the game but there weren’t many clear-cut chances against a well-drilled Seagulls side.

Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri missed the best chances before Mohamed Salah won a penalty in the second half.

The Egyptian smashed it home to give us a lead that we did not look like losing. The win gave us a buffer of seven points before Manchester City’s game on Monday and proved we still can grind out results after a bit of a blip.

There were some quality performances against the Seagulls and here are the player ratings for the Reds.

Alisson – 7/10

The Brazilian had one quality save from Jurgen Locadia that was a highlight and commanded his box well for another clean sheet.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

The English youngster provided a scare where it seemed he picked up an injury before the game. However, he was fit enough to start and had one quality cross that should have resulted in a goal.

Fabinho – 8/10

This could have been a weak point for us but the Brazilian did really well and he had some quality blocks too.

Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10

Another game, another impressive performance from Van Dijk. He barely put a foot wrong and seems brilliant irrespective of who plays alongside him.

Andy Robertson – 8/10

The Scot was a bundle of energy as he played high up the pitch and had some delicious crosses which were out of reach for our attackers.

Jordan Henderson – 6.5/10

The captain started and did a decent job with his passing. However, for all his ability, he didn’t actually cut open the Brighton team often, which was a requirement today.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7/10

The Dutch midfielder did his bit of moving about and providing energy to the team but there was a lack of creativity that we needed badly.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10

The attacker was played out on the right and often was used as the creative outlet for the Reds. However, this wasn’t Shaqiri’s night as he missed a glorious chance to score in the first half.

Sadio Mane – 6.5/10

The Senegal star had a decent enough game but it just was not his evening at the Amex as he struggled to produce something in front of goal.

Roberto Firmino – 7/10

Firmino should have scored early on but he was full of running for the team, and that doesn’t tell the entire story of how much effort he put in.

Mohamed Salah – 8.5/10

The Egyptian led the line and did a great job for us after a slow first half. The attacker won the penalty and scored, and was a threat against the Seagulls.


James Milner – 6/10

Provided Salah with a chance to score a second but it was not to be. The Englishman gave the Reds some energy after coming on.

Naby Keita – NA

A late sub to take some seconds off the clock.

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Divock Origi – NA

Came on late in the game to kill time.

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La Liga giants slap a £94m price tag on star Liverpool target



Liverpool FC transfer news: Barcelona slap £94million price-tag on Liverpool target Ousmane Dembele

AS (h/t Liverpool Echo) reports that Barcelona have slapped a £94million price-tag on reported Liverpool target Ousmane Dembele.

The French attacker joined the Catalans from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and scored 14 times last season.

Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane Dembele

However, the Frenchman has had his issues at the Catalan giants and missed a training session last season too. Barcelona want £94million for the 22-year-old forward, which would help them recoup the initial amount they paid to Dortmund (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Neymar is being targeted for a sensational return to the Nou Camp, and the report claims that Dembele could leave in the summer.

Neymar left for PSG with Dembele being his replacement, and it would be another big deal if he returns to the Catalan giants in the transfer window.

Liverpool could do with another attacker in the team

The Reds could do with another quality attacker to cover the front-three.

Liverpool were lucky that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino did not pick up major injuries last season, and we have also seen Daniel Sturridge leave the club.

Dembele can play anywhere across the front-line and has the potential to improve further under Jurgen Klopp.

Spending £94million might be a little excessive, however, the German has been excellent with his buys at Liverpool.

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It would be difficult to guarantee regular starts for Dembele, but Klopp has shown that he can keep the midfielders happy despite loads of competition for places.

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Liverpool have no plans to move for 24-year-old Portuguese sensation linked with Man United



Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds are not interested in Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes

The Evening Standard reports that Liverpool are not interested in Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes.

Portuguese reports (h/t Daily Star) claimed that the Reds had bid for the 24-year-old as they tried to beat Manchester United.

Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes

Fernandes had a great season for Sporting, racking up 20 goals and 13 assists in the league. The 24-year-old also broke into the national team and lifted the Nations League trophy recently.

The Portuguese international can play in several positions and would have provided cover for several players at Anfield.

The Reds don’t need to make a lot of signings given the quality of the starting XI, but we could do with some cover for our top players.

However, the Standard claims that the Reds have no plans to sign the Portuguese midfielder despite suggestions that Rafael Camacho would be used as a makeweight in the deal.

Rafa Camacho

The Liverpool youngster has one year left on his deal and does not want to extend his stay at the club, according to the report.

Talks between clubs on for a while

The report claims that Liverpool and Sporting have been in talks since January but a deal to sign Camacho failed.

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The Portuguese giants are hopeful of getting a deal done in the summer, and their hopes have been boosted by Camacho’s reluctance to sign a new deal, according to the report.

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Liverpool face competition for world-class star as PL rivals bid £85m



Latest Liverpool transfer news: Manchester City bid £85m for Kalidou Koulibaly

Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Mirror) reports that Manchester City have bid £85million for Senegal star Kalidou Koulibaly.

City saw captain Vincent Kompany leave in the summer, and the report claims that the Premier League champions have also been linked with Leicester’s Harry Maguire.

Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli

Pep Guardiola is keen to fill up this gap in his defence, according to the report, and Koulibaly has been linked with Manchester United in the past.

Liverpool are also interested in the 27-year-old and enquired about the centre-back, according to Il Mattino (h/t Mirror). The Mail reported that Koulibaly has a release clause of £133million in his contract, but that only kicks in next season.

The 27-year-old is one of the best defenders in the Serie A and could be a fantastic addition for City and Liverpool.

The Cityzens have a greater need in the heart of the defence after seeing Kompany leave, while Liverpool have seen Joe Gomez and Joel Matip perform incredibly last season.

Joel Matip of Liverpool
Joel Matip in training

The pair did well playing alongside Virgil van Dijk, but a partnership between the Dutch defender and Koulibaly would possibly be the best in the world.

Liverpool have to think of other positions first

The centre-back position isn’t all that important at the moment unless one of our senior defenders leaves in the summer.

We also need to find a replacement for Alberto Moreno and provide cover to Andy Robertson.

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The Scot is the best left-back in the Premier League, and we were fortunate he didn’t miss many games due to injury last season.

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