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Mane and Van Dijk gets 8s – Liverpool player ratings from 2-1 win over Southampton

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Southampton vs Liverpool ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool were made to work hard for the three points against Southampton on Saturday.

The hosts were the better team in the first half and troubled Adrian a couple of times. The Spaniard did well to save from a Maya Yoshida header, but it was Sadio Mane who made the biggest contribution in the opening 45.

The Reds were second best for most of the half but the Senegal star blasted in the opener just on the stroke of half-time.

The second half saw a different Liverpool team with the Reds dominating possession and creating chance after chance.

Roberto Firmino made it 2-0 after some great work from Mane, and it seemed like a comfortable ride till the final whistle.

However, Adrian made a huge error as his pass deflected off Danny Ings and into the net to bring Southampton back into the game.

Liverpool looked shaky in the final minutes but they held on for the all-important three points.

Liverpool player ratings

Adrian – 5/10

The 32-year-old made a right old mess of a clearance in the first half and was punished for being too lax with the ball at his feet. The Spaniard has to cut out these mistakes ahead of a tough few weeks without Alisson.

Adrian

Adrian at Southampton

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

The English defender struggled in the first half but was at his best in the second as he threatened the Saints defence with quality crosses.

Virgil van Dijk – 8/10

Van Dijk was great in his role at the back, and his frustration at conceding the goal was visible for all to see at St Mary’s.

Joel Matip – 7.5/10

The Saints targetted Matip throughout the first half and got some purchase off the centre-back. However, the Cameroonian was great in the second half and had some fantastic runs into the opposition half.

Andy Robertson – 8/10

Robbo was brilliant in the second half and had one great effort saved by the Saints keeper.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7/10

Wijnaldum didn’t really set the world alight with his performance and put in his regular shift in midfield.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7/10

It was great seeing the Ox getting a second consecutive start this season. The Englishman still looks a little rusty but had some bright moments in the game.

James Milner – 7/10

Milner was busted open early in the game but the midfielder soldiered on with a bandaged head. He too looked much better in the second half of the tie.

Sadio Mane – 8/10

Mane pulled a rabbit out of the hat with the first goal of the game. The Senegal star was fantastic throughout and could have scored more.

Sadio Mane celebrates against Southampton

Roberto Firmino – 8/10

Firmino missed an easy chance in the second half but took the harder one to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. The Brazilian looks close to his best, and he needs to keep this form for the remainder of the campaign.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

Salah barely touched the ball in a tough first half but came alive in the second with several quality touches and passes.

Substitutes

Fabinho – 6/10

The Brazilian came on to shore up the midfield for the Reds.

Divock Origi – 6/10

Origi had some nice moments in the game but nothing too testing for the Saints defence.

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Jordan Henderson – NA

Came on late but didn’t have time to make a mark.

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European outfit demand €25m for 21-year-old Liverpool target

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Genk want €25m for Liverpool target Sander Berge

Sander Berge has been recently linked with Liverpool after featuring for Genk in the Champions League (h/t Express).

The 21-year-old Norwegian faced us twice in the Champions League and has also attracted the interest of other clubs.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato) claims that Napoli have made the 21-year-old their priority signing in the coming months.

Sander Berge
Sander Berge battles Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the ball (Image credit: Getty)

Napoli are facing a bit of a crisis in recent weeks with the players also facing off against club president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

Berge came through the ranks at Vaalerenga and moved to Genk in 2017. The Belgians have slapped a €25million price-tag on his head and the report claims Napoli will make a move in January (h/t Calciomercato).

However, due to Napoli’s asking price, Napoli might shelf their move till the summer (h/t Calciomercato).

Berge is also a regular for the Norway national team, and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move soon.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was seen speaking to the player after the Champions League clash at Anfield too (h/t Express).

Big decisions lie for Berge

Berge has to take the right decision regarding his future with first-team football a requirement too.

Napoli have done well in recent seasons despite making managerial changes in the past.

However, Liverpool have also handed chances to young players under Klopp, and we could do with more talents coming in the future.

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Liverpool have a couple of midfielders over 30 in Adam Lallana and James Milner and need to plan for a future without them.

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Boost for Liverpool as this defender’s knee injury might not be too serious

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Joe Gomez’s England injury isn’t considered serious after knee scan

Joe Gomez’s time with England during this international break was cut short after injuring his knee in an accidental collision.

The Liverpool defender has seen a lot happen over the past week at the Three Lions camp. He was involved in a bust-up with Raheem Sterling which saw a cut appear below his right eye.

Sterling accepted his mistake in the bust-up but there was more to come. The Liverpool defender came off the bench against Montenegro and was booed by some sections of the England fan.

Joe Gomez
Joe Gomez in action against Montenegro (Image credit: Getty)

Gomez has had a tough time with Liverpool too as Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are ahead of him in the pecking order.

He did come on for the final few minutes against Manchester City, and we need all our players to be fit for the rest of the season.

Dominic King of the Daily Mail allayed some fears about the extent of Gomez’s injury.

The journalist tweeted about Gareth Southgate’s update regarding the 22-year-old and how it wasn’t serious:

Gomez’s injury troubles

The youngster has had his issues with injuries in the past too. Last season, the centre-back suffered a fracture in the win over Burnley and was out for almost six months.

His initial recovery didn’t go well and the youngster had to go under the knife. Liverpool had several problems in the centre-back spot then and fielded Fabinho in some games.

Joel Matip
Joel Matip has been excellent alongside Virgil van Dijk over the past 18 months (Image credit: Getty)

This season has also been tough on the defenders with Joel Matip suffering a problem too. The Cameroon centre-back hasn’t played for us since the 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

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That leaves us with just Virgil van Dijk and Lovren as the fit centre-backs, and hopefully, Gomez is not out for long.

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PSG want to pair this 19-year-old Liverpool target with Kylian Mbappe

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Paris Saint-Germain enter the race for Liverpool target Jadon Sancho

Paris Saint-Germain have also entered the race for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, according to the Express (h/t Daily Mail).

The report claims that Neymar could be on his way out of the French capital. PSG want to be at their best and are planning to pair Kylian Mbappe with Sancho (h/t Daily Mail).

Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho is a regular for the England national team (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool have been linked with Sancho recently (h/t Liverpool Echo) and the player would not be available on the cheap.

Big price on Sancho’s head

The 19-year-old has taken the Bundesliga by storm since joining from Manchester City.

Sancho is now a regular for the England national team and has a couple of goals for the Three Lions in this campaign too.

The English winger can play on either side and has four goals and five assists to his name for Dortmund.

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Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City (Image credit: Getty)

However, Dortmund are open to an exit in the next summer and could sell him for over £100m (h/t Daily Mail).

Sancho has also been singled out for criticism in decent weeks by Dortmund. The winger was also been fined and dropped for the clash against Borussia Monchengladbach.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the English talent in the summer. Liverpool could do with more attacking options to provide competition and cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

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However, spending over £100m certainly is a big ask even if we have spent huge on Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk recently.

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