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Henderson and Salah both get 8/10 – Liverpool player ratings from 3-1 win over Southampton

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Southampton vs Liverpool ratings: Liverpool player ratings

This was another late show from Liverpool as they overcame Southampton on Friday.

The Saints took the lead thanks to Shane Long in a turgid first half with Liverpool just about doing enough to equalise.

Naby Keita, of all people, got the important leveller with a great header and the players rushed backed to restart the game.

Jurgen Klopp saw that his midfield trio of Fabinho, Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum was not working and switched things up by bringing on Jordan Henderson and James Milner.

The captain played an instrumental role in the comeback win with his header setting Mohamed Salah off for our second goal while Henderson got the third himself.

The win lifted us to the top of the table, two points ahead of Manchester City, but this was testament to our never-say-die attitude as we keep the Cityzens under pressure.

The Reds now prepare for the Champions League tie against Porto, and will have a spring in their step for the clash against the Portuguese.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 6.5/10

The Brazilian couldn’t do much to stop the goal from Long, and although he was barely troubled after that, there were some nervous moments.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6/10

TAA got the assist for the equaliser but he wasn’t great with possession and had a tough first half.

Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

Van Dijk didn’t do enough to stop the first goal and also had a few iffy moments in the first half but looked more assured in the second.

Joel Matip – 7.5/10

Matip looked to be the most creative player we had in the first half thanks to some great runs.

Andy Robertson – 6/10

This wasn’t a great game for Robertson too as he was at fault for the goal we conceded and some of his deliveries weren’t on point.

Fabinho – 6/10

The Brazilian did some good work by recovering the ball several times, but he also struggled in the opening half of the game.

Naby Keita – 7/10

The midfielder was barely in the game at the start but got the all-important equaliser with a neat header. Keita looked more confident after that and was kept on the pitch as Klopp decided to shuffle his midfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5/10

A poor showing from the Dutch midfielder as he was anonymous in the game and was replaced in the second half.

Sadio Mane – 7/10

Mane had a great chance to score against his former side but saw his effort saved. The Senegal attacker was a threat all night but just could not get that little luck in front of goal.

Roberto Firmino – 7.5/10

Another game, another performance where Firmino ran his socks off. The Brazilian didn’t do much for the first two goals but he set up Henderson well for the third.

Mohamed Salah scores

Mohamed Salah scores

Mohamed Salah – 8/10

What a time to break your mini-duck. Salah seemed set for another game without a goal. However, his incredible effort saw the Reds edge ahead and he even got booked for taking his shirt off, not that it mattered.

Substitutes

Jordan Henderson – 8/10

The captain came on and turned the game around. Our midfield finally had a presence and someone was trying to get the team going. Hendo’s header sent Salah clear to score our second goal, and the Englishman ran almost the length of the pitch to convert Firmino’s cross.

James Milner – 7/10

Milner replaced TAA in the back four. The Englishman provided more composure on the ball and did a good job with his crosses too.

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Liverpool dealt a blow in hunt for promising teenage starlet as Serie A giants are unwilling to sell the player

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Inter Milan unwilling to sell Sebastiano Esposito

Calciomercato claims that Inter Milan are unwilling to sell their rising starlet Sebastiano Esposito despite interest from Liverpool.

The 16-year-old was given his debut this season when he came on to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League knockout rounds.

Inter could not defeat the Bundesliga side but there is interest in the 16-year-old from Manchester City too (h/t Calciomercato).

The report adds that Inter see him as the future of the club and will only look to loan him out or let him play in the Primavera League.

The 16-year-old has already made a big name for himself with some great performances for the Italy U-17 team, and he seems set to remain with the Serie A giants for a while.

Liverpool need to build on their great season

The Reds have a great first XI but could do with more talent to strengthen the squad.

Esposito might be highly rated but it would be unlikely seeing him break into the first-team or even push the likes of Rhian Brewster and Divock Origi for game time next season.

Rhian Brewster Liverpool

Rhian Brewster

Liverpool need to build on an impressive season and it will be interesting to see our moves in the transfer window. The Reds missed out on the Premier League title by one point but can finish the season on a high by winning the Champions League.

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Liverpool face Tottenham in the final on June 1 and should be favourites to land their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool cool interest in £43m South American star as PL rivals make their move

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds cool interest in Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez

Liverpool have cooled their interest in 22-year-old Maxi Gomez, according to the Daily Star.

The report claims that the Reds enquired about the Uruguayan sensation, however, they have backed out of a deal to sign the Celta Vigo attacker.

Gomez has impressed at the La Liga side over the past two seasons. The 22-year-old scored 13 times in the league, with five assists to his name during the campaign.

Maxi Gomez

Maxi Gomez

The report adds that the forward has a £43m release clause in his contract and there is interest from our Champions League final opponents, Tottenham.

Spurs have made contact with the player’s representatives, according to the report, while there is also interest from Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool have a couple of up and coming strikers in the team

Roberto Firmino is the first-choice striker in the team and the Reds have a couple of young options who could do a job in place of the Brazilian.

Divock Origi was the surprise package of the season, nabbing some important goals despite not featuring a lot for the team. The Belgian bagged a brace against Barcelona recently and even scored the winners against Everton and Newcastle in the Premier League.

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Rhian Brewster also seems set to play for the first-team next season, and the forward is one of the most highly-rated youngsters we have in the team.

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(Photos) Liverpool touch down in Marbella for CL training camp with one surprise inclusion

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Latest Liverpool news: Liverpool players reach Marbella for Champions League final training

Jurgen Klopp and the rest of the Liverpool team landed in Marbella for their Champions League final training sessions.

The Reds face Tottenham on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano for the final of the tournament as they look to win their sixth Champions League crown.

Liverpool visited Marbella earlier this season, and there was one major surprise joining the team in the training camp.

Naby Keita was initially ruled out for the season by Klopp after he picked up an injury against Barcelona. However, his national team manager Paul Put believes the Guinea midfielder could be back for the Champions League final (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The heroes from the win over Barcelona looked to be in the mood, with Georginio Wijnaldum pictured alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Divock Origi, who scored a brace against Barcelona, could get a start in case Roberto Firmino isn’t fit for the final.

The usual suspects for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah also checked into the training camp and the Egyptian could be the difference maker for us in Madrid.

Virgil van Dijk has been excellent for us from the day he signed for us, and his leadership at the back will be one of the keys to winning the Champions League.

Our captain, Jordan Henderson, was also one of the stars in the win over Barcelona while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s crosses led to two goals against the Catalans.

Andy Robertson returned from injury to face Wolves on the final day of the season, and he should be ready to play in the final.

Alisson also pulled off some fantastic saves against Barcelona and won the Premier League Golden Glove award.

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The Reds are slight favourites for the title and we have already defeated Spurs twice in the Premier League this season.

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