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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




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.


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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Klopp explains why he chose to leave out 30-year-old Liverpool star for Napoli clash



Jurgen Klopp explains decision to leave out Dejan Lovren against Napoli

Dejan Lovren hasn’t played a single minute for us this season after being linked with an exit from Liverpool in the summer (h/t Express).

The Croatian has fallen down the pecking order since the rise of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, and was even left out of the squad for the trip to Napoli.

Liverpool start the defence of their Champions League crown against the Italian giants but Lovren will not feature in the team.

Jurgen Klopp explained his decision to leave Lovren out of the team but suggested that this was a tactical move (h/t Express):

“As an example, Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre halves on the bench is probably not necessary.”

Klopp also highlighted that Xherdan Shaqiri was brought in as he provides options for a few positions and adds to the creativity of the team.

Tough times for Lovren

The 30-year-old will have to fight for a place in the starting XI and that will not be easy given the form of Matip and Virgil van Dijk.

The pair has been excellent over the past nine months or so and has helped us to a great start in the Premier League.

Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah
Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah

It will be interesting to see if Lovren gets a few games in the domestic cup competitions.

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Liverpool have a couple of young guns in Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever, who could feature in the first-team.

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Jurgen Klopp clarifies agent’s comments regarding weather impacting his future at Liverpool



Jurgen Klopp clarifies agent’s comments about weather impacting his future

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has clarified his agent’s comments regarding the English weather impacting his future at the club.

The German’s agent, Marc Kosicke, spoke to Sporx and claimed that the English weather would play a role in his time at Anfield.

However, Klopp clarified that his agent was only trying to make a joke about the weather (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think he wanted to make a joke! But now I have to be serious because I could make a lot of jokes about the weather, especially when I am sweating like crazy (in Napoli’s media room).”

The manager added that was just “German humour” and no one understood it. However, Klopp did suggest that the weather isn’t always the best in Liverpool:

“The weather in Liverpool is not always nice, especially in winter, but in March and September, it is nicer than you would imagine.

“I came in October 2015 and and you could sing a song ‘Don’t move to Liverpool in October’ and until March, for five months, it was not too cool and it was harsh.”

Klopp doesn’t mind the weather in England

The German did reveal that he spoke about the wind in a few games but says that this isn’t enough to see him leave the country.

Klopp also added that he was fine with the current weather in the country and he enjoys it:

“I am completely fine with the weather in Liverpool. It’s pretty much the opposite of this room right now! So I enjoy it quite often actually.”

The manager finished by saying that his agent was having a joke and no one actually got it.

Jurgen Klop lifts the Champions League trophy
Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophy

Klopp is contracted with the Reds until 2022 and has made us a force to be reckoned with.

Liverpool lead the Premier League by five points after just five games and are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season.

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The Reds bagged their first trophy under Klopp last season, and there should be more silverware to come in the near future.

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Liverpool boost as key attacker is expected to be out for just two weeks – Klopp confirms



Jurgen Klopp confirms Divock Origi is out for a couple of weeks

Divock Origi picked up an injury in our 3-1 win over Newcastle United and had to be replaced by Roberto Firmino.

The Belgian was taken off in the first half after hurting his ankle, and will not feature for Liverpool against Napoli.

Divock Origi
Divock Origi

The 24-year-old scored some important goals for us in the Champions League last season, and Jurgen Klopp provided an update on the striker (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“The update on Div is that it is not too serious.

“We expect him [to be out for] between one and two weeks, but it depends a little bit on when he can deal with the pain.

“It is nothing really; it’s a feeling, but it should be fine.”

Good news for Liverpool

The Belgian might not be on the same levels as our first-choice front three, but he is a decent player to have on the bench.

The former Lille striker is the back-up to Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and this update from Klopp is a bit of a relief for us.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool have some big games coming up after this week, with Leicester City, Tottenham and MK Dons (Carabao Cup) on the horizon.

Origi should feature in some of these games as we need to give a bit of a break to the likes of Mane, Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

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The trio has started the season in blistering form, and hopefully, they remain injury-free for the majority of the campaign.

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