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



Liverpool lift Champions League trophy

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.


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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“You deserve it”, “Music to my ears” – Several Liverpool fans pleased as key Reds star pens new contract extension



Joel Matip signs new contract to extend stay at Liverpool

Liverpool confirmed that Joel Matip was the latest start to sign a new deal with the Premier League leaders.

The Cameroon defender joined from Schalke on a free transfer in 2016 and has been excellent over the past 12 months.

The 28-year-old has been consistent alongside Virgil van Dijk and has helped us become one of the best defences in Europe.

Joel Matip scores against Manchester City

The centre-back missed our last two games but was happy committing his future to the club (h/t

“It’s a great feeling to be a longer part of the club. It’s really just a great feeling.”

Matip added that the Reds had a young team and are ready to win more trophies after landing the Champions League last season.

Back for the United game

The release from the club added that Matip should be ready to face Manchester United on Sunday, and we do need him.

Our defence hasn’t been all that tight this season, with Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren playing alongside Van Dijk in recent games.

Matip will provide us with more assurance at the back, and we should be the favourites for the clash at Old Trafford.

The Cameroon star has turned things around at Anfield and has replaced Dejan Lovren as the partner for Van Dijk.

Gomez was the partner for the Dutchman last season, and Matip didn’t let the opportunity slip when the English defender was out due to a fracture.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Roberto Firmino are some of the stars who have penned new deals in recent months at Anfield.

Many of our supporters were pleased at this news and here are some of the reactions from Twitter.

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Why copying Liverpool’s defence strategy is difficult for Manchester United or any other side – opinion



Why United’s move for Harry Maguire was always destined to fail

Virgil van Dijk was the most expensive defender in the world and well, he did turn our fortunes around with some impressive performances.

From a leaky defence, we became the tightest unit last season, and that was the base for a fantastic campaign. The Reds were struggling at the back and landing Van Dijk worked out quite well, something which Manchester United did this summer.

The Red Devils splashed £80million on Harry Maguire to make him the most expensive defender in the world (h/t Express), however, things just haven’t worked out for them.

Michael Owen claimed that the move had failed since United didn’t have the same “calibre” of players as the Reds did (h/t Express). Maguire might be the most expensive defender in the world, but this move was always going to fail.

It isn’t only about the players at Liverpool

The Reds didn’t have the greatest set of defenders before Van Dijk’s arrival and his leadership qualities certainly have helped us at the back.

Things do look calmer here, but United also signed a quality right-back in Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer. They had decent options for the other spots while David de Gea is regarded as one of the best keepers in the world.

Virgil van Dijk

So why hasn’t it worked for them? And in all probability, it won’t work for others too.

It all goes down to the manager and the coaches we have. Take Van Dijk out of the defence and we have Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez as his partners.

Each defender has grown leaps and bounds under Klopp. Gomez was possibly the best centre-back last season before he picked up that fracture.

Matip came into his own during the second half of the previous campaign while Lovren was excellent in the 2-1 win over Leicester City.

Joel Matip scores against Manchester City

Our full-backs have been fine-tuned to fit into this system and they are possibly the best in the league.

Andy Robertson came from Hull City and took time to adjust to Jurgen Klopp’s demands. Trent Alexander-Arnold took time to become one of the most consistent right-backs in the league, and the pair is excellent when going into the attack.

It is true that our defence didn’t look that great when Van Dijk wasn’t around but the people behind the scenes also deserve credit for fixing things at the back.

Our entire system works together in getting the best out of the players and that is something which is not in place at most clubs.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t have toplevel experience and even after splashing big on Maguire, they still have a lot of work.

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Liverpool, on the other hand, have been excellent in their transfers over the years and our players are improving with each season under Klopp and co.

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Klopp doesn’t confirm if these 3 important Liverpool stars will face Manchester United



Jurgen Klopp to take call on three players ahead of Manchester United clash

Jurgen Klopp was in a boisterous mood ahead of our clash against Manchester United on Sunday.

The German participated in his pre-match press conference and spoke on several topics.

The manager also provided an update on three players returning from injury.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Joel Matip, Alisson and Mohamed Salah all carried knocks going into the international break, and Klopp claimed he would check on the trio before making a decision at the weekend:

Liverpool need to be at their best

Adrian has done a wonderful job in place of Alisson, but the Brazilian’s return would be a boost for us.

Salah is one of the best in the world while Matip could be the most important player to return. The Cameroon defender improves our defence and has been excellent alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Joel Matip

We need to be at our strongest when facing Manchester United, and Matip will be important for us. Joe Gomez struggled this season and he is a little rusty after returning from an injury last season.

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Dejan Lovren did well against Leicester City but Matip should be ahead in the pecking order. Salah also needs to have a great game, and it will be interesting to see how Liverpool do against our biggest rivals on Sunday.

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