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Van Dijk and Mane get a 9, who gets a 9.5? – Liverpool player ratings from 5-0 win over Watford

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Liverpool players against Watford

Liverpool vs Watford ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool destroyed Watford 5-0 at Anfield to allay some fears of them running out of fuel in the Premier League race.

The Reds had drawn against Manchester United in their previous game and barely attacked an injury-plagued side.

However, from the first minute, the Reds attacked the Hornets and the first goal came early with Sadio Mane heading in a peach of a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Senegal star then combined with TAA to score the second with a brilliant backheel in the 20th minute.

More magic in the second half

The Reds didn’t let up and Divock Origi got on the score-sheet with a great finish after cutting in from the left. The Belgian played alongside Mohamed Salah and Mane and did a great job despite starting on the wing.

Salah had one of those games where he tormented the opposition but could not score. The Egyptian did hit the post, but he just couldn’t get enough clear-cut chances.

The thumping win was confirmed late on as Virgil van Dijk scored a brace thanks to crosses from TAA and Andy Robertson respectively.

The win kept us on top of the table despite Manchester City sneaking a 1-0 win over West Ham.

Our next tie is the Merseyside derby on Sunday, and here are the player ratings for the Reds.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 8/10

The Brazilian didn’t have much to do in the first half except keep the team ticking along from the back, but made one fantastic save from Andre Gray in the second.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 9.5/10

TAA had one of his best games this season as he provided three assists and was excellent in defending a tough Watford side too.

Virgil van Dijk – 9/10

The Dutch colossus was magnificent in keeping Troy Deeney quiet throughout the game. It was made all the more sweeter thanks to a couple of goals in the second half.

Joel Matip – 8.5/10

Matip might not have been the first choice partner for Van Dijk, but the Cameroon defender is certainly proving his worth with a quality performance.

Andy Robertson – 8.5/10

Robertson also provided a couple of assists, the second one to Van Dijk, as the Scot kept on piling the pressure down the left.

James Milner – 7.5/10

Milner started it all out with his pressing right from the kick-off, and he kept that energy up until he was subbed.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

Wijnaldum didn’t have to do much in midfield but kept things ticking in the middle of the park.

Fabinho – 8.5/10

The Brazilian was great in keeping Watford in check and had a couple of quality interceptions to keep the Hornets out.

Mohamed Salah – 7.5/10

The Egyptian played down the right and on another day he could have got a goal. Salah tormented the Watford defence but was just missing a bit of luck in the final third.

Divock Origi – 7.5/10

Origi did a lot of hard work down the left and was rewarded for his persistence with a goal. The Belgian certainly put in a shift and it will be interesting to see if he starts against Everton.

Sadio Mane – 9/10

Mane played down the middle and scored one brilliant header and a fantastic backheel too. The Senegal star could be the solution to our problems as Roberto Firmino is out with an injury.

Substitutes

Jordan Henderson – 7/10

The captain replaced Milner in the second half to keep things ticking along.

Adam Lallana – 6

The Englishman picked up some valuable minutes and tried his best to help in the attack.

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Naby Keita – NA

Got a few minutes for the side.

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Liverpool veteran set to stay at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp values the player’s presence

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Simon Mignolet might remain at Anfield next season

Paul Joyce of the Times (h/t Liverpool Echo) claims that veteran goalkeeper Simon Mignolet looks set to remain at Anfield.

The Belgian joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2013 and is one of the most experienced players in the current team.

Simon Mignolet

The 31-year-old was the back-up to Alisson last season, and the Belgian was expected to leave the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo).

However, Jurgen Klopp values the Belgian’s attitude and presence in the team, and the goalkeeper is also valued highly in the dressing room, according to the report.

The report claims that Liverpool would only let Mignolet leave if they get a quality offer like Lucas Leiva did from Lazio a couple of years ago.

Mignolet’s stay would not be a bad move

The Belgian was always sharing positive messages as the Reds battled for top honours last season.

Alisson
Alisson

The 31-year-old only played in the domestic cup competitions but could get more games next season as we play in several tournaments.

Keeping hold of Mignolet would be great given his quality and experience, and he could help some of our younger keepers too.

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Mignolet has been a fantastic professional despite seeing Alisson take over as the No.1.

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“I know that the hard work is only starting” – Young forward excited as Liverpool set to complete signing on July 9

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Liverpool to complete Conor Bradley signing on 9 July

The Mirror reports that Liverpool will sign 16-year-old attacker Conor Bradley on 9 July – his 16th birthday.

The Dungannon United youngster will be signed on a two-year scholarship by Liverpool, and the report adds that the Reds are his boyhood team.

The Northern Ireland youngster has played for the Reds in youth tournaments earlier, and the report claims that the 15-year-old impressed many members at Liverpool.

Conor Bradley
Conor Bradley in action

Speaking to the Ulster Herald (h/t Mirror), Bradley was pleased at earning the opportunity to sign for Liverpool, but knew there was a lot of work to be done:

“But I know that the hard work is only starting. I’ll be part of the U18 squad and the good thing is I know the coaches and I know most of the boys in the team.”

The youngster added that he would be staying in familiar surroundings and was not worried about settling in. Bradley added that this was a dream for him and could not wait to get started.

Liverpool’s youth team doing well

The Reds have a lot of quality youngsters and Bradley has to work hard if he wants to feature regularly for the U18s.

Rafa Camacho

Liverpool won the FA Youth Cup last season and saw starlets such as Rafa Camacho and Ki-Jana Hoever pick up first-team minutes under Jurgen Klopp.

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Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel are two strikers who were in great form last season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with Bradley.

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Barcelona starlet packs his bag ahead of a move to England amidst Liverpool interest

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool interested in Barcelona starlet Alejandro Balde

Liverpool are interested in Barcelona youngster Alejandro Balde, according to Sport (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 16-year-old is primarily a left-back and is capable of playing as a winger too. The Spanish youngster recently moved up to the U-17 side of the Catalan giants.

The report claims that Chelsea are also interested in the 16-year-old, and Balde has packed his bags ahead of a move to England.

Liverpool are favourites to land the Spaniard ahead of Chelsea, given the Blues’ transfer ban (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The report adds that Barcelona are trying to keep hold of their star, however, the Spaniard seems set to leave the La Liga giants.

The Reds can also do with youngsters joining the academy and we have seen a couple of them break into the first-team under Jurgen Klopp.

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Joe Gomez (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are England internationals now, while the likes of Rhian Brewster and Ki-Jana Hoever are expected to be the next big stars for the Reds.

Liverpool have to decide on the futures of two youngsters too

Harry Wilson also came up through the system at Liverpool and was one of the stars in the Championship last season.

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Marko Grujic has earned a lot of praise after his spell at Hertha Berlin, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for them.

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