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



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.


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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“He should be the one” – Anfield legend believes Liverpool should look to sign this in-form English star



Liverpool FC transfer news: Carragher wants Reds to sign Maddison

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher wants the Reds to sign James Maddison of Leicester City.

The English midfielder had a fine debut season for the Foxes after joining from Norwich City in the previous campaign.

Maddison was excellent in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend and created several chances for the away side.

James Maddison

Liverpool didn’t sign a senior outfield player in the summer but Carragher believed that the Leicester City man is the one that the Reds should target (h/t Mirror):

“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at.”

Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Mirror) and believed that Maddison is the player who could take us to the next step even though he would cost a lot of money:

“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he has gone to Bayern Munich, but if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you are going to that next step up.”

An expensive signing for Klopp’s side?

The Reds have several midfield options in their current team but there isn’t one player who can create chances for the attackers.

Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are two attack-minded midfielders but they aren’t as creative as Maddison.

The 22-year-old has grown since his move to the King Power Stadium and it will be interesting to see how he performs this season.

Brendan Rodgers has worked well with young talent in the past and our former manager seems to be getting the best out of Maddison.

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Leicester sold Harry Maguire for a huge sum this summer, and they won’t let the Englishman leave easily anytime soon.

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“He needs to be patient” – Klopp believes Liverpool star will be back to his best despite slow start



Latest Liverpool news: Klopp wants Oxlade-Chamberlain to be patient regarding game time

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to full fitness and started in our last two games.

However, his performance in the UEFA Super Cup wasn’t great, while he did an excellent job in the second half against Southampton.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Ox was subbed off at half-time against Chelsea in Istanbul, and Klopp claimed the midfielder needs to be patient before he gets back to his best (h/t Mirror):

“He needs to be patient in the right way, and everything will be fine 100 per cent. We only talk about Ox because everybody knows how good he is.

“We need to make sure that he can show that on the pitch as well. When I make the decision that he is now ready then it is my responsibility of course, and the boy only has to try to do his best. That’s what Ox obviously did.”

Ox needs more time on the field

The English midfielder almost missed an entire season due to the knee injury he picked up against Roma, and he will get back to his best after getting more minutes on the pitch.

Klopp added that playing him in an advanced position in the Super Cup didn’t work out, but claimed that things would be alright for the midfielder soon.

Liverpool need the Ox to remain injury-free for the majority of this season as he provides a different dimension to the team.

The former Arsenal star provides a greater attacking threat from the midfield and hopefully, he can create several chances for our forwards.

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Liverpool’s next game is against Oxlade-Chamberlain’s former club, and it will be interesting to see if the Englishman faces the Gunners on Saturday.

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Liverpool coach confirms discussions to sign former Tottenham star available on a free transfer



Liverpool FC transfer news: Achterberg confirms signing Vorm has been discussed

Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg confirmed that Michel Vorm’s name has been discussed by the Champions League holders.

The Reds have seen Alisson pick up a calf injury in the first game of the Premier League season while Adrian was declared fit to play against Southampton at the weekend.

Andy Lonergan was on the bench for the trip to St Mary’s and we could be in further trouble if either of the senior keepers picks up a problem.


Adrian at Southampton

Vorm was one of the best players for Swansea during his spell in the Premier League but his move to Tottenham saw him become the understudy to Hugo Lloris.

The Dutchman left Spurs at the end of last season, and Achterberg told NOS (h/t Liverpool Echo) that having quality keepers in the side isn’t an issue:

“A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said this. Michel Vorm’s arrival has been discussed.”

The coach praised Lonergan for his experience in the lower leagues and added that Caoimhin Kelleher is a decent option too given that the academy starlet plays for Ireland’s youth teams.

A good move for Liverpool?

Liverpool cannot buy a senior keeper from another club as the transfer window has closed but they can sign free agents.

Michel Vorm

Michel Vorm

It will be difficult to find a better option than Vorm given his experience in the Premier League. However, the Dutch keeper would be the third choice below Adrian and above Lonergan.

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Liverpool cannot take risks with this position, and pushing Kelleher into the starting XI would be riskier than playing Vorm.

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