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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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African sensation stalling on Serie A move as he wants to join Liverpool

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Pepe stalling on Napoli move as he wants to join Reds

Ivorian sensation Nicolas Pepe is stalling on a move to Napoli because he wants to join Liverpool, according to Napolista (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The 24-year-old had an excellent campaign for Lille last season as they finished second to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.

Pepe scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists in the league, and the winger was also a part of the Ivory Coast side that participated in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Nicolas Pepe
Nicolas Pepe

The report adds that the Serie A giants offered €50million plus Adam Ounas for Pepe, however, the Ivorian wants a move to Anfield.

Liverpool having a quiet summer window

The Reds were extremely busy last summer but this time around, they haven’t been too active.

Only Sepp van den Berg has joined the club, and the youngster should feature for the Reds in pre-season soon.

Liverpool have been linked with Pepe throughout the summer, and it is interesting to see that the winger is still with Lille.

Joining Liverpool is a no-brainer for him given that we won the Champions League last season and could do better in the following campaign.

Sepp van den Berg
Sepp van den Berg

The only problem in a move for Pepe would be his position. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane cannot be replaced in the first XI while Roberto Firmino is coming off a wonderful Copa America campaign.

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Pepe would want first-team starts at his next club and that is something Liverpool cannot guarantee him right now.

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Boost for Liverpool as PL club prefers selling star man to Champions League clubs

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Palace prefer selling Zaha to clubs such as Liverpool and not Arsenal

Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol claims Crystal Palace are open to selling Wilfried Zaha to a Champions League club.

The Express claims that Arsenal saw a £40million bid rejected for Zaha in January, and Palace want at least double of that amount for the Ivorian.

Zaha is one of the best attackers in the Premier League and prefers a move to Arsenal, however, Palace are under no pressure to sell the 26-year-old (h/t Express).

Wilfried Zaha

However, Solhekol believes Palace will only sell if they get the right price, and won’t stand in the way if a top club approaches them.

The Sky reporter was speaking on the Transfer Window podcast and named Liverpool as one club that Palace would not have objections selling to (h/t Express):

“They are saying ‘look, he’s our player, we would understand if he wanted to leave to go and play for a Champions League club, but Arsenal are not a Champions League club’.

“They wouldn’t stand in his way if Barcelona or Real Madrid or PSG or Manchester City or Liverpool were trying to sign him.

“But when it comes to Arsenal, they don’t feel that the attraction there is as much as it would be at a club that was in the Champions League.”

Palace have already sold one star in the summer

The Eagles have been busy this summer and sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £50m (h/t Express).

Zaha would be a great addition to the team but he would not be able to replace any of our front three at the moment.

The Ivorian would provide cover to our attackers but he would want to start games regularly after impressing at Selhurst Park.

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Liverpool won the Champions League last season and we seem set to challenge for more laurels in the coming years under Jurgen Klopp.

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“Maybe the time has come” – Liverpool stalwart opens up about chances of landing Ballon d’Or

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Latest Liverpool news: Van Dijk believes a defender can win the Ballon d’Or

Virgil van Dijk gave a lengthy interview to LiverpoolFC.com, where he spoke about celebrating the Champions League win with the Reds and how the team has grown since he arrived at the club.

The former Southampton defender was possibly the best centre-back in the world last season and won the PFA Player of the Year award.

Van Dijk made our defence one of the best in Europe, and the Dutch defender was asked about winning the Ballon d’Or, an award that has been lifted mostly by attackers in recent years:

“It’s an honour if people are talking about it, but what can I do? I have no influence on anything. The people that have an influence on it, they have to decide who’s going to win it.”

The Liverpool star added that he had a great season last time around and wanted an even better campaign in the coming months.

The Dutchman was reminded that the last defender to win the award was Fabio Cannavaro in 2016, and Van Dijk believed that things could change:

“Maybe now, I don’t know. I can understand the fact that normally strikers or No.10s win these kind of awards because it’s more attractive to see. But maybe the time has come to change it.”

Van Dijk in a battle to land the honour

The Dutch defender has been supreme since joining from St. Mary’s and should improve further in the coming seasons.

It will be interesting to see who wins the Ballon d’Or this time. Lionel Messi won the La Liga title with Barcelona while Cristiano Ronaldo won the Nations League and the Serie A title.

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However, Van Dijk lifted the Champions League in the summer and hopefully, a Liverpool player wins the crown.

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