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Liverpool vs Flamengo player ratings: 3 stars get 8.5/10 but who gets 6/10?



Liverpool vs Flamengo: Player Ratings as Reds win Club World Cup

Liverpool FC have officially been crowned as the world champions. The Reds rounded off a year to remember by being crowned the World Club Champions in Qatar.

Pushed hard by a Flamengo side eager to repeat their 1981 heroics, Klopp’s men held their nerve to win their first Club World Cup in their fourth attempt.

Roberto Firmino’s strike in extra-time proved to make the difference in a hard-fought final.

Liverpool have now become the first English team to complete the international treble of the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup.

Player Ratings

Alisson Becker (8/10)

The Liverpool keeper reminisced celebrating Internacional’s victory on the streets in 2006. 13 years later he celebrated winning the title he has so cherished.

Called into action twice, both times against Gabigol he showed authority and conviction to keep the scored level in normal time. Had little else to do otherwise.

Andrew Robertson (8/10)

The Scot was a lively presence down the left flank and supported Mane in both attacks and against Rafinha’s barbs.

Stood up to whatever Flamengo threw at him and also made forays forward.

Virgil van Dijk (7/10)

Recovering from an illness, the Dutchman purveyed a sense of organization and calmness into the Liverpool defence.

Scuffed a couple of clearances which thankfully came to nothing. Strong and assured otherwise.

Joe Gomes (8.5/10)

A dominant display. The Englishman stood up to Flamengo’s attacks with ease and such was his confidence that he also made forays forward into midfield.

Covered for Trent on multiple occasions making sure the team came away with a clean sheet. With performances like this, he can nail down a spot in the starting XI.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (6.5/10)

Almost grabbed an assist in the first minute with his ball to Firmino. Brune Henrique had the beating of him in the first half with Joe Gomez having to cover for him.

Gradually grew into the game and held his own in both defense and attack. Also struck a free-kick which was well saved.

Jordan Henderson (8.5/10)

A captain’s performance by the midfielder who has made it a habit of performing at the biggest stages.

Got stuck in and lead Liverpool charge to control the midfield. Sprayed around accurate long passes and almost settled the tie with a brilliant strike drawing a great save from Alves. Threaded the ball to Mane which lead to Liverpool’s Winner.

Also dealt well with a Referee who clearly wasn’t anywhere good enough at his job.

Naby Keita (7/10)

Quite average considering his recent form. Did his usual flicks and tricks but couldn’t make anything happen otherwise. Another victim of the referee’s lack of competence as he was denied a penalty after being brought down in the penalty area.

Came off for James Milner after Liverpool took the lead as Klopp sought to see out the tie.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (6/10)

Not a performance to remember as he struggled to impose himself on the game. He gave away the ball a lot of times and seemed to lack cohesion with his teammates.

Taken off in the second half with a worrying looking injury, Liverpool will hope it is nothing serious.

Mohamed Salah (7/10)

Kept pushing forward without making anything concrete happen. Squandered a 4 vs 2 counter in the first half and lacked his shooting shoes.

Almost struck in a trademark finish in extra time with Alves at full stretch to deny him. Got onto Flamengo’s nerves by taking his time on being substituted.

Shown a yellow after he caught Bruno Henrique.

Roberto Firmino (8/10)

Almost gave Liverpool the lead in the first minute only to fire over. Was made to work hard by the Flamengo defense and also struck the bar in the second half.

Never stopped running and was at hand to calmly slot in the winner after Mane had put him through in the 99th minute.

Shown a yellow card for his celebration, he will not mind it one bit.

Sadio Mane (7/10)

The livelier of the Liverpool attackers, Mane came up against Rafinha whom he had taken to the cleaners last season at Munich.

Got a Yellow for his troubles and stood up well to Rafinha’s provocations. Thought he had won a penalty for Liverpool in injury time only for an incompetent referee to give Flamengo a free-kick.

Provided the assist for Firmino’s winner.

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Adam Lallana (7/10)

Came on for the injured Chamberlain. Did little much of note but kept the ball well and slowed down the tempo when required.

Divock Origi (6.5/10)

Came on for Firmino in the second half and had little much to do. Helped waste time by taking the ball to the corner flag.

James Milner (7/10)

Brought experience and fresh legs to the Liverpool midfield. Brought down Henrique for a Yellow and did well in closing down space against a tiring Flamengo midfield.

Xherdan Shaqiri (NA)

Replaced Salah in the last minute of extra time as Liverpool sought to run down the time. His first touch was also his last touch as the referee brought the game to an end.

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Liverpool plotting move to sign this Arsenal backroom staff member



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Liverpool target Arsenal’s head of medical services – Gary O’Driscoll

Liverpool have identified Arsenal’s Gary O’Driscoll as the leading candidate to replace the outgoing Andrew Massey. (h/t Daily Mail)

Massey who is the current head of medical services at Liverpool will leave the club on March 1st to take up a position at FIFA.

Having been at the club for almost seven years, Massey has played a key role in the Reds being one of the fittest teams in the league.

O’Driscoll is widely recognized as being one of the best in his field and Arsenal are determined to keep him at the Emirates.

Gary O'Driscoll

Driscoll has been at Arsenal since 2009 and is one of the old guards who has survived various culls.

He has held lead positions with the British Lions and Ireland rugby team. He should now welcome the chance to work for the European and World Champions. (h/t Metro)

Hailing from Manchester, Driscoll could welcome a return to the North-West of England to Merseyside.

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Liverpool are an extremely well-run club both on and off the pitch. Driscoll should relish the ability to work with the Reds without having to worry about politics or unrest.

In Driscoll, Liverpool look to have found an excellent candidate to continue the work of Andrew Massey as the Reds prepare for life without the medical genius.

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Third Liverpool star shipped out on loan until the end of the season



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Isaac Christie-Davies joins Cercle Brugge until the end of the season

Liverpool striker Isaac Christie-Davies has joined Cercle Brugge on loan until the end of the season. (h/t Liverpoolfc)

Christie-Davies will now link-up with the Groen en Zwart at their winter training camp in Malta. He is the third Liverpool player to leave on loan this month following Herbie Kane and Rhian Brewster.

The 22-year-old joined Liverpool from Chelsea and made his debut last month in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Aston Villa.

Isaac Christie-Davies

Bernd Storck is the manager of Cercle Brugge, who gained promotion to Belgium’s top-flight last season.

The German coach was previously in charge of Royal Excel Mouscron, where Taiwo Awoniyi spent time on loan last season.

Cercle currently have 13 players on loan at the club. The Welshman’s versatility has seen him perform in midfield, on the wing and upfront for the Liverpool Under-23s this season. This could boost his chances of a starting berth.

Cercle are currently bottom of the Belgian top tier, seven points off their closest rivals Waasland-Beveren after taking just 11 from their opening 21 games.

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Cercle next play at home to Royal Antwerp on January 19 and should give Christie-Davies enough time to prepare for his possible debut.

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Liverpool striker returns from loan spell after scoring just 1 goal in 22 games



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Liam Millar has been recalled by Liverpool from his loan at Kilmarnock

Liverpool youngster Liam Millar has returned to the club after cutting short his loan at Kilmarnock. (h/t Liverpoolfc)

The 20-year-old striker, who joined from Fulham in 2016, is yet to make his debut for the Merseysiders.

Millar signed a long-term first-team contract with Liverpool in January 2019 and joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.

Liam Millar

He made his debut for Kilmarnock in a 2–1 loss to Hearts and scored his first goal a month later against St Mirren.

He returned on loan to Kilmarnock in August 2019 on a year-long loan which has now been cut short by the Reds.

The striker made 22 appearances for Kilmarnock this season, scoring just 1 goal. (h/t Whoscored)

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A versatile forward, Millar is capable of playing both upfront and on the left flank with equal proficiency.

Liverpool had also recalled Nathaniel Phillips from his loan at VfB Stuttgart to address the lack of cover at centre-back due to injuries.

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