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Alisson gets 8.5, Salah gets 8 – Liverpool player ratings from the 2-0 Champions League win vs Tottenham

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Tottenham vs Liverpool ratings: Liverpool player ratings

This wasn’t a Champions League final that will be remembered for great football as Liverpool won it for the sixth time. The Reds were the favourites against Tottenham and took an early lead, thanks to Moussa Sissoko’s handball.

The referee awarded a penalty and Mohamed Salah smashed home the spot kick past Hugo Lloris after the first minute.

The Egyptian had to leave the pitch due to an injury in the previous final but wasn’t feeling the pressure of taking a penalty this early. Liverpool should have pressed on after taking the lead but allowed Tottenham to have more of the possession.

Liverpool lift Champions League trophy

Jordan Henderson lifts the Champions League trophy

Spurs couldn’t really trouble our defence except for the final 15 minutes, however, Alisson kept us in the game making some fine saves.

Divock Origi was brought on as a substitute and he scored with his only shot in the game in the 87th minute. That was the insurance for the Reds as we held on to finally win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

The stats might have favoured Tottenham on the night but we controlled the game from the first minute to the last. This wasn’t a flashy performance akin to the 4-0 hammering we dished out to Barcelona, but it was a more subdued and mature outing by the team.

There were wild celebrations once the referee blew the final whistle and rightly so. We played better in the final last time but lost to Real, however, we were mature in this game and brought home the trophy for the sixth time.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Alisson – 8.5/10

The Brazilian was excellent throughout the game and made some great saves in the latter stages. Alisson’s distribution was great and the keeper was composed with the ball at his feet.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8/10

The youngster made a couple of important blocks to keep us in the lead and also had a shot fizz past the post. Trent kept bombing forward when he had the chance, however, his set-piece delivery wasn’t great.

Joel Matip – 8/10

Harry Kane got nothing out of Joel Matip on the evening. The centre-back was supreme alongside his partner and barely gave Spurs anything. The Cameroon defender also assisted Origi for the second goal.

Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10

Another commanding performance by the Dutch centre-back. The start wasn’t great for Van Dijk but he showed his class as the minutes went by. The defender also had an important tackle on Son Heung-min to protect our lead.

Andy Robertson – 8/10

Robbo was excellent with his crossing throughout the game and was great in the defence too as he kept a check on Son.

Fabinho – 7/10

Fabinho took some time to get used to the pace of the game even though it was sluggish, and was sound in the second half.

Jordan Henderson – 7.5/10

The captain was running himself to the ground for the team and was the one initiating the press along with the three attackers.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5/10

This was a subdued performance from Wijnaldum and he was replaced by James Milner later on.

Mohamed Salah – 8/10

Salah had nerves of steel to score the opener and had some good moments in the game. But he should have done better in the final third.

Roberto Firmino – 6/10

A poor performance by the Brazilian but it was always a risk starting him after recovering from an injury.

Sadio Mane – 7.5/10

Mane won us the penalty in the first minute of the game and his pace was a threat to the Spurs defence. However, he couldn’t create much for us on the night.

Substitutes

Divock Origi – 7.5/10

The Belgian came off the bench to score the crucial second goal as he smashed the ball into the net.

James Milner – 7/10

The midfielder was a little lucky as he gave away a needless free-kick late in the game but otherwise, Milner was solid.

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Joe Gomez – N/A

Was brought on to kill time and provide more defensive steel to the team.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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