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Trent gets 8.5/10, Robertson gets 8/10 – Liverpool player ratings from 3-2 win over Newcastle United

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Newcastle vs Liverpool ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool left it late to get three points against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park by winning the game 3-2.

The Reds knew that only a win would take the Premier League title race to the final day, and they got the result via a late goal.

Newcastle were never going to make it easy for us but the Reds started the game well. Virgil van Dijk gave us the lead in the first half as he nodded in a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner.

Liverpool players celebrate win over Newcastle

The Magpies then equalised via Christian Atsu. Trent was a little lucky as he handled the ball on the line and the Newcastle winger knocked in the rebound.

The Liverpool defender could have been off had Atsu missed the chance. Trent then provided a beautiful cross for Mohamed Salah, who volleyed the ball into the net to give us the lead.

The second half also started with Newcastle trying to get the equaliser and Salomon Rondon got a deserved goal as he lashed the ball into the net.

Things looked bleak for us as Salah had to go off with a head injury, but there was still one last twist in the tale.

Origi came up with another late goal from a Xherdan Shaqiri cross, and the Reds held on despite eight minutes of stoppage time.

It is up to Manchester City now to reclaim top spot as they face Leicester City on Monday, and Liverpool need to prepare for their Champions League semifinal against Barcelona in midweek.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 6.5/10

The Brazilian could not do much to keep out both Newcastle goals but made some quality saves throughout the game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8.5/10

Our defence didn’t look all that great throughout the game, partly due to Newcastle making it difficult for us. Trent was excellent in the attack and should start for us against Barcelona in midweek.

Dejan Lovren – 5.5/10

Lovren came in to replace Matip but didn’t have a great game. The Croatian was troubled by the pace of Atsu and was bullied by Rondon. The defender also had a role to play in both the goals we conceded.

Virgil van Dijk – 8/10

Opened the scoring for the Reds with a trademark header and commanded the defence well when called into action.

Andy Robertson – 8/10

Robertson was constantly bombing up and down the left flank and had some great deliveries, which we could not convert. The Scot also had an important header that stopped a Newcastle goal.

Fabinho – 7.5/10

The Brazilian had to play several roles during the game and ended the game as a centre-back. Fabinho had to shield the back four on his own and won us the free-kick which led to the winner.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10

A return to his former stomping ground did not work out too well as the Dutch midfielder looked a little tired.

Jordan Henderson – 6.5/10

The former Sunderland midfielder was busy in the midfield but didn’t have many telling moments in the game.

Mohamed Salah – 7.5/10

Salah took his chance really well as he gave us a 2-1 lead. The Egyptian was a threat throughout the game, and it was sad seeing him leave after getting clattered by Martin Dubravka.

Daniel Sturridge – 6.5/10

Sturridge did not have a stellar game as he missed a glorious chance to make it 3-1. He got Klopp animated when he wasn’t tracking back and was also at fault for the first goal we conceded.

Sadio Mane – 6.5/10

The Senegal star was a little out of sorts in the game and didn’t trouble the Newcastle goal a lot.

Substitutes

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10

Shaqiri came on as an impact sub and did his bit for our title challenge. The Swiss delivered a brilliant free-kick for Origi to score.

Divock Origi – 6.5/10

Origi didn’t have too many minutes to get into the game but he got the telling touch as the Reds scored their third goal. Jamaal Lascelles might have got the final touch but the Liverpool ace won’t care.

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James Milner – NA

Was brought on to provide some composure in the final minutes.

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Liverpool unlikely to make January signings as Klopp wants to keep a close unit

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Liverpool won’t sign players in January unless they face a big problem

The Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst took part in a regular Q+A session after our loss to Napoli in the Champions League.

The journalist was asked about a range of topics regarding the club including our plans in the winter window and when our injured players could return.

Liverpool didn’t make any big signings in the summer as they signed a couple of young players. We did sign Adrian and Andy Lonergan but those were done to provide cover for Alisson.

Gorst was asked if the Reds would make any signings in the January window, and he claimed that it would take a major problem for any deal to take place (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think for Liverpool to be active in the January window there would have to be a big problem at Anfield.

“Klopp likes the close-knit makeup of his squad and prefers his numbers to be trim. I don’t see a scenario where the Reds boss is delving into the market to make a significant addition at this stage.”

The journalist added that Klopp believes in the current crop of players after the perfect start to the Premier League campaign.

Klopp averse to making winter signings

The German isn’t known to make big winter signings and it would be a huge deal if the manager makes a move in January.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

The Reds have a pretty strong team and it will be interesting to see how our season develops in the coming months.

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We have looked good so far this season and were a little unlucky to return from Napoli without a point.

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Liverpool interested in 27-year-old Real Madrid star but face competition from Premier League rivals

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Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid attacker Isco

Calciomercato (h/t AS) reports that Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid’s talented Spaniard Isco.

The 27-year-old can play in several positions in the attack and has scored one goal and provided one assist for the Madrid side this season.

Isco has had his troubles with Real in the past season or so and only started 11 La Liga games for them.

Isco
Isco

The 27-year-old did appear in 16 league games as a substitute, with Real changing managers thrice in the previous campaign.

Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm of the La Liga giants and Isco hasn’t played for the side since the 1-1 draw against Valladolid at the end of August.

The report claims that there is further interest in Isco, with Manchester City and Juventus also keen on the 27-year-old.

Do Liverpool need Isco?

The Spaniard is a great talent but his inconsistency has been a problem over the past 18 months or so.

Liverpool could use a playmaker just behind the front-three and Isco is capable of playing in that position.

However, the Spaniard has mostly been used in the wide positions this season, and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move later on.

Liverpool have three of the best attackers in world football at the moment, and there is immense competition for places in the midfield too.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita could provide us with an attacking dimension from the midfield. However, the pair have had their injury problems in recent years.

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Isco would be a valuable addition to the team, but he won’t be guaranteed a starting spot. Landing the Spaniard on the cheap would be good business, but we shouldn’t break the bank for the 27-year-old.

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Spanish star linked with Liverpool after excellent display in Champions League

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Fabian Ruiz of Napoli linked with Liverpool after excellent display

Liverpool’s Champions League opener might not have gone their way with a 2-0 defeat at Napoli.

The Reds were unlucky to concede a penalty late in the game, with replays showing that Jose Callejon had fallen over before contact was made with Andy Robertson.

Dries Mertens made no mistake from the spot and we tried to get back into the game.

Fabian Ruiz

Fernando Llorente scored in the dying seconds of the game after some miscommunication at the back, but we had our chances to score too.

One player who impressed in the midfield was Fabian Ruiz. The Spaniard was linked with the Reds before the clash (h/t Calciomercato) and did a great job in controlling the midfield.

The 23-year-old has been great for Napoli under Carlo Ancelotti, and reports (h/t Liverpool Echo) claim that the midfielder is being linked with Liverpool once again.

A quality signing for the Reds?

Liverpool do have a packed midfield with the likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain yet to shine this season.

Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum are great as a unit but the likes of James Milner and Adam Lallana are in their 30s and cannot start every game for us.

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Marko Grujic celebrates

Marko Grujic has also impressed at Hertha Berlin on loan, and he should be handed a chance to prove his ability at Anfield.

The Serbian would be a smart option for the Reds but Ruiz seems to be a more complete article right now.

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Calciomercato added that Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested in the Spaniard, and it will be interesting to see if Ruiz is on the move next season.

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