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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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Liverpool trail other European giants in the race for €100m Bundesliga star

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Liverpool trail big European giants in race for Kai Havertz

Bild (h/t Metro) reports that Liverpool are interested in Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz but face competition from several top clubs.

The 20-year-old German has been in sensational form for the Bundesliga side over the past two years and scored 17 goals in the league last time around.

His return hasn’t been that great this season, with just one goal from six games in all competitions.

Kai Havertz

Havertz is a German international and the Reds face competition from Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich in the race to sign him (h/t Metro).

The 20-year-old is contracted with the Germans until 2022, but has refused to sign an extension and could cost close to €100m, according to the report.

Liverpool trailing the other big names

The Reds could do with someone of Havertz’s abilities and we didn’t spend much in this summer window.

However, the report claims that the Premier League leaders are trailing the other clubs in the race to sign the German.

Munich and Real have the best chance of landing the Bundesliga sensation while Dortmund is an unlikely destination for the German (h/t Metro).

It will be interesting to see where Havertz ends up in the future as he needs to move away from Leverkusen to continue his development.

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Liverpool is a perfect club for the 20-year-old and hopefully, the youngster can grow under Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool send a scout to watch RB Leipzig’s Champions League clash against Benfica

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Liverpool send scout to watch RB Leipzig win over Benfica

Record (h/t Liverpool Echo) claims that the Reds sent a scout over to watch RB Leipzig’s clash against Benfica in the Champions League.

The Germans came out 2-1 winners, thanks to a brace from Timo Werner in the Group G clash.

Timo Werner
Timo Werner of RB Leipzig

The Liverpool Echo adds that Werner has been a target for the Reds and was the star of the show, thanks to his brace.

The report, however, doesn’t pinpoint which player Liverpool were watching, but it was another impressive showing by Leipzig.

A Bundesliga powerhouse on the rise

We already signed one player from Leipzig in the past, with Naby Keita joining us. The Guinea midfielder has struggled for fitness since his arrival at Anfield, but the Germans have several quality players in the team.

Leipzig are also leading the Bundesliga currently and are one point ahead of Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg.

Emil Forsberg

Liverpool have been linked with Emil Forsberg in the past (h/t Metro), and Jurgen Klopp has raided Schalke in the past for Joel Matip too.

We haven’t signed many players from the Bundesliga during Klopp’s time, with Loris Karius and Ragnar Klavan being the two other big names.

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Liverpool didn’t sign any major players in the summer, and it will be interesting to see what our transfer activity is during the winter window.

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Impressive Chelsea starlet could be fit to face Liverpool after midweek injury

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Mason Mount provides positive update ahead of Liverpool clash

Chelsea’s return to the Champions League didn’t go too well as they lost 1-0 at home to Valencia.

Frank Lampard’s side also missed a penalty in the clash as the away side picked up all three points.

However, one of the talking points in the clash was Mason Mount picking up an injury after a tackle from Francis Coquelin.

Mason Mount

The former Arsenal man was only booked for a tough challenge on the English youngster, but the Metro (h/t Liverpool Echo) claims that Mount is hopeful of featuring against Liverpool on Sunday.

Chelsea host the Reds in the clash of the weekend, and it will be interesting to see if Mount features in the game.

A young side against the best in the league

The English midfielder has been impressive in a youthful Chelsea side and already has three goals from five games.

Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Lampard’s team but the Reds are the only club with a 100% winning record in the Premier League this season.

The Reds, however, were beaten in their first game of the Champions League but put up a good showing against Napoli on Tuesday.

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Liverpool have a fivepoint lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, but the trip to Stamford Bridge will be another tough test for the Reds.

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