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Liverpool player ratings: Matip and Salah lead the way with 8.5/10 as Liverpool thrash Arsenal 3-1

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Liverpool vs Arsenal ratings: Liverpool player ratings

Liverpool surged two points clear at the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield. The Reds dominated the first half with loads of possession but Arsenal had two brilliant chances to score.

The Gunners were hitting us on the counter and it took a corner to break the deadlock. Joel Matip rose highest to meet a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross and we went into half-time with a slender lead.

Mohamed Salah scored a pair after the break as we made the points safe, with Lucas Torreira getting a consolation for the Gunners.

Liverpool barely broke a sweat in the game, and we seemed to have a lot left in the tank. The Reds’ next game is against Burnley and we should be favourites to win that game too.

Liverpool player ratings

Adrian – 6.5/10

The usual moment of madness from Adrian came in the first half as his clearance reached Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the Gabon striker’s chip missed the target. There were fewer passes to Adrian throughout the game, and the Spaniard did make some good saves.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

The right-back had several chances to deliver quality crosses but he barely reached found a Liverpool player. Trent got the assist for Matip’s goal and did well after the break.

Virgil van Dijk – 7.5/10

There was one moment when Nicolas Pepe seemed to get the better of Virgil but the Dutch defender had a decent game otherwise.

Joel Matip – 8.5/10

The Cameroon defender was great at the back, scored a fantastic header and also made some fantastic runs into the opposition half.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

Andy, like Trent, was afforded half of Anfield to pump in the crosses in the first half, and some of them were great. The Scot also linked up well with Sadio Mane as the game wore on.

Fabinho – 7/10

Fabinho’s pass helped Salah score his second goal of the game, the Brazilian also did well after a bit of a rough start where he gave the ball away.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7/10

Wijnaldum put in a regular display with a lot of running and some quality moments in the attacking third.

Jordan Henderson – 7/10

Hendo made one mistake in the first half as his touch allowed Pepe through on goal. Otherwise, the captain had a decent game.

Sadio Mane – 6.5/10

A relatively quiet game from the Senegal star as he tried his best to get the team going. The former Southampton man should have scored from a header but missed the target.

Mohamed Salah – 8.5/10

Salah’s second goal was a thing of beauty as he turned David Luiz inside-out. The Egyptian also won us a penalty and scored early in the second half. The forward could have scored and created more but was a little unlucky.

Roberto Firmino – 7.5/10

The Brazilian was great and should have gotten a goal for his efforts. There was one moment of brilliance where he flicked the ball and shot at goal, sending Dani Ceballos packing.

Substitutes

James Milner – 6.5/10

The midfielder had some great tackles after coming on in the second half and kept things ticking.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – NA

Came on late in the game but couldn’t do much.

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Adam Lallana – NA

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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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