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TAA gets 10/10: Liverpool player ratings from the 4-0 thrashing of Leicester City

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Liverpool 4-0 Leicester City: Liverpool player ratings

It was billed as a test of Liverpool’s title credentials. A top of the table clash that was supposed to be competitive and hard-fought.

Instead, it was as one-sided as a game can be, as Liverpool gave Leicester City a footballing lesson and showed the rest of the league as to why the red juggernaut will take some stopping.

So dominant were the Reds that Leicester did not have a shot in the first half. Coincidentally, the last time this happened was in the reverse fixture at Anfield this season.

Liverpool started off brightly and should have scored in the first minute, but Sadio Mane could not connect properly from 5 yards and the touch went wide.

Liverpool took a well-deserved lead when Roberto Firmino headed in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s inviting cross.

The game should have been over by half time but Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah contrived to miss a host of chances. There was more of the same after the break as Liverpool continued their dominance.

Salah continued to test the patience of Liverpool supporters with his profligacy and was rightfully hauled off for Divock Origi. Leicester enjoyed a brief spell of dominance only for Liverpool to crush any hope the Foxes had with a 3-goal blitz in 6 minutes.

Liverpool are now 13 points off second place and if this performance was anything to go by, they will take some stopping. The Reds go marching on.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Alisson Becker (7/10)

Hard to judge the Brazilian when he had nothing to do all game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (10/10)

A complete performance from the flying fullback. Dominant in both the defence and the attack. Rounded off the match with a thunderous drive to put the match beyond any doubt. Two assists and a goal for the 21-year-old. Unreal player.

Joe Gomez (9.5/10)

Carried on from where he left off against Flamengo with a masterclass against the league’s top-scorer, Jamie Vardy. Expertly marshaled Vardy, with the Foxes striker just getting the better of him once.

Brought the ball out of defence often and handled whatever Leicester threw at him with minimal fuss. Picked up an unfortunate yellow for bringing down Vardy.

Virgil van Dijk (9.5/10)

A no-nonsense performance by a no-nonsense player. Imperious as usual, as Leicester hardly got a look in.

Andrew Robertson (8/10)

Was excellent and bombed up and down on the left flank. Won back the ball well and got into crossing positions often. Got turned inside out by Pereyra and was guilty of a misplaced pass to Alisson. Held up well otherwise and dominated his flank.

Jorden Henderson (10/10)

Controlled the tempo of the match and marshaled his team well. A captain’s performance that ensured that Liverpool won the midfield fight and kept the ball moving. Came off for Lallana with a slight knock late in the match.

Naby Keita (7.5/10)

The Guinean midfielder continued his upturn in form with a silky performance. Picked and weaved through the Leicester midfield and even went on one of his mazy runs that he was known for at Leipzig. Ran out of steam in the second half and was substituted for the astute James Milner. Seems to be coming into his own as a Liverpool player.

Georginio Wijnaldum (9/10)

How Liverpool could have used him against Flamengo. Won back the ball regularly and then kept hold of it. His positioning and passing were immaculate as Liverpool won the midfield battle early on and never relinquished it.

Mohamed Salah (4/10)

One of the worst performances by the Egyptian in the red shirt and rightfully pulled out in the 68th minute. His finishing and touch were both horrendous. Chose to take a shot from a tight angle than pass it to Mane for a tap in and found himself marked well by Soyuncu.

A night to forget for the Egyptian, who was surprisingly the worst Liverpool player on the pitch.

Roberto Firmino (10/10)

Two more goals for the Brazilian as he seems to have found his scoring shoes after a barren spell. Moved well into spaces and brought both Mane and Salah into the game.

He was clinical and took both his goals with confidence. Was instrumental in closing down Wilfred Ndidi as the Foxes struggled for any sort control.

Sadio Mane (6.5/10)

Should have scored twice in the first half but instead flashed one wide while Schmeichel saved the other. Was wasteful in the final third and had enough opportunities to add to Leicester’s misery.

Not his best performance of the season, considering the standards he has set for himself. Picked up the assist for Alexander-Arnold’s goal.

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James Milner (7.5/10)

Calmly slotted the ball past Kasper Schmeichel from the spot with his first touch and added fresh legs to the Liverpool midfield. Brought his experience to the fore as Liverpool made light work of the Foxes.

Divock Origi (6.5/10)

Didn’t really have anything to do, as a Liverpool blitz put the tie beyond doubt within 6 minutes of him coming on. Once again the lucky charm for Liverpool.

Adam Lallana (N/A)

Came on late for captain Jordan Henderson, who picked up a knock after a clash with Ayoze Perez. Kept things tidy in the midfield as Liverpool saw out the game comfortably.

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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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