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

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Liverpool players celebrate against Brighton

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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.

Substitutes

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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Bad news for Liverpool? Gary Neville claims Man City will have this advantage over the Reds during next two Premier League match days

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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Manchester City have an advantage over Liverpool in the next two rounds of the Premier League.

The Reds played before City in the last weekend and piled on the pressure after defeating Crystal Palace. City made light work of Huddersfield and will play before the Reds after the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.

Neville was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Express) and claimed playing first was preferable:

“[It makes] a big difference.

“It’s preferable.”

The Sky Sports pundit further claimed that during his playing days at United, the team felt playing first was an advantage. Getting the points first before their rivals was always preferred, according to Neville, and he believed City will put the pressure on Liverpool.

“Either go further in front or close the gap. There’s no doubt it’s a different type of pressure.

“City will absolutely want to be closing that gap to one point, and asking Liverpool have they got it in them to stand the pressure of playing the day after or two days after.”

Liverpool celebrate win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool players celebrate a win

City play Newcastle away a day before we host Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men then host Arsenal a day prior to us travelling to West Ham United.

The Premier League champions can cut the lead to just one point before we face Leicester, and it will be important for us to respond in the perfect manner, irrespective of City’s result.

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Liverpool haven’t dropped many points this season, and if we win these two Premier League games, the pressure will be back on our rivals as the race for the title heats up.

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“This makes me very happy”, “Extremely happy for him” – Some Liverpool fans excited as star Englishman returns to training in Dubai

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Liverpool are off to the sunny shores of Dubai for a much-needed warm weather break. The Reds lead the Premier League but came off two tough wins in recent weeks.

The last one saw us just about defeat Crystal Palace at Anfield and a few players are doubtful for the clash against Leicester City.

Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are facing fitness issues, however, there was some good news for the Liverpool fans as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught training in Dubai.

The Englishman picked up an ACL injury in our Champions League tie against AS Roma last season and has not played for the side since.

The Reds have missed his driving runs and goals this season. Who knows what the team could have done if Liverpool had Oxlade-Chamberlain playing from the first game in this campaign!

It would be fantastic if we can have the Ox back for some games during the later stage of the season as we look to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds hold a four-point lead over Manchester City and have some tough games remaining this season.

Several fans were excited over Ox’s training and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.

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“He sometimes sends me messages” – Virgil van Dijk cannot believe this Liverpool legend texts him prior to games

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Virgil van Dijk in training

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has revealed that club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish messages the Dutchman before games.

Van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world and has helped the Reds to the top of the Premier League.

The Dutchman joined the Reds from Southampton last year and told Liverpoolfc.com about spoke about the King being open with Van Dijk:

“Kenny Dalglish gave me his mobile number in the very beginning and told me to ring him at any time.

“It is unbelievable when he sometimes sends me messages before games. That is what Liverpool is about.”

The defender added that on match-days he gets to meet many legends and learn more about the club’s history.

The Dutch defender has possibly been the best player for the Reds this season, and could reach legendary status, just like Kenny if he keeps doing the job at the back.

It isn’t just Van Dijk who has been great, the rest of the Liverpool back-four has been fantastic in most games. The Dutchman is an incredible presence at the back, and he seems to make players better if they play alongside him.

The Reds have one of the best defences in Europe, and should we keep things tight at the back, there is a chance of winning silverware under Jurgen Klopp.

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If the Dutchman helps us to the Premier League title, there is no doubt he would be considered as one of the best to have ever played for Liverpool.

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