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Trent gets a 10/10 while Van Dijk comes in with 9/10 – Here is how the Liverpool players fared in their incredible 4-0 win over Barcelona

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Liverpool vs Barcelona ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool did the unthinkable as they routed Barcelona 4-0 in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The Reds needed a miracle to qualify for the final, and they got it while being backed by an incredible crowd at Anfield.

Barcelona never got into the game with Divock Origi scoring early on. The Reds kept on pushing to find the goals to cancel Barca’s 3-0 advantage after the first leg, however, they had to make a key substitution at half-time.

Luis Suarez seemed to kick out at Andy Robertson and the Scot was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Dutch midfielder scored a couple of important goals in the second half and the final nail in Barcelona’s coffin came via Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner.

The Englishman took a quick corner which Origi converted and the Reds held on for one of their greatest European wins at Anfield.

Liverpool now await to see who makes the final between Tottenham and Ajax, but we should be confident of doing well.

The Reds barely missed Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who were out with injuries, and now prepare for one last chance at the Premier League title.

A slip by Manchester City could open the door for us to lift the crown, and that would be fitting given how the season has gone for us.

Liverpool player ratings

Alisson – 8.5/10

The Brazilian kept us in the game by denying Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Messi. Alisson was great with his distribution and did not make a single mistake in an incredible night.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 10/10

Trent was great against Newcastle but was even better against Barcelona. The Englishman did not allow much to go down his flank and was fantastic in the attack. His cross led to the first goal from Wijnaldum before quick thinking got us the fourth.

Joel Matip – 8.5/10

Matip had another excellent game at the back and barely gave anything away to Suarez.

Virgil van Dijk – 9/10

The Dutch defender should have had a penalty in the second half when his jersey was tugged, but it did not matter. Van Dijk, like Matip, was supreme at the back and thwarted anything that Messi and co. threw at him.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

It was a little upsetting to see Robertson leaving after a clash with Suarez. The Scot looked up for the game, and hopefully, he will be back at the weekend.

Jordan Henderson – 8.5/10

The captain set the ball rolling as his run allowed Origi to score the opener. Henderson was like a man possessed as he barely gave Barcelona any breathing room.

Fabinho – 8.5/10

The Brazilian was walking on thin ice after picking up a harsh booking early in the game. However, that did not stop Fabinho from completely nullifying the Barcelona team, almost single-handedly, at times.

James Milner – 8.5/10

Milner put in another fantastic shift for the Reds and had to play the majority of the second half as the left-back.

Sadio Mane – 8/10

Mane did not score a goal but his pace and movement caused all sorts of problems for Barcelona. The Senegal star’s interception helped us score the first goal and his energy was too much for Barca at times.

Divock Origi – 9/10

Origi seems to be making it a habit to score important goals for us. The Belgian’s poaching instincts helped him score the first and he was quick to react to Trent’s cross to score our fourth.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7.5/10

Shaqiri looked a little rusty for the Reds as he gave away possession a number of times, but came up with the cross for the third goal.

Substitutes

Georginio Wijnaldum – 9/10

Gini produced an incredible 45 minutes as two quick-fire goals brought us back into the tie. The Dutch midfielder produced a moment of brilliance too as he left two Barcelona players in his dust with a neat bit of skill.

Joe Gomez – NA

Did alright in the defence for the final few minutes.

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Daniel Sturridge – NA

Came on to waste time.

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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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