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



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.


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



Sander Berge

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



Joe Gomez

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



Jadon Sancho

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.

Jadon Sancho
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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