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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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