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Henderson gets 9/10 but who gets 6/10? – Liverpool players rated in 2-0 win vs Sheffield United



Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United: Liverpool Player Ratings

With the new signing, Takumi Minamino watching on, Liverpool regained their 13 point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah gave the Reds the perfect start with a well-taken finish in the first 4 minutes.

Sheffield responded well to going behind and had Liverpool worried for a short while, with Alisson Becker called into action to deflect McGoldrick’s powerful strike.

Liverpool soon took back control of the game with the Reds midfield led by an excellent Jordan Henderson dictated the tempo thereafter.

The Sheffield keeper Dean Henderson whose mistake led to Liverpool’s winner in the reverse fixture redeemed himself by keeping the Reds at bay multiple times.

The Reds, however, kept pressing and their efforts paid off in the second half when Sadio Mane put the result beyond doubt

The only negative for Liverpool will be the loss of Naby Keita to a groin injury during warmup.

Another day, another win. The Red juggernaut marches on.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Alisson Becker (7/10)

Made a smart save from McGoldrick in the first half as the visitors enjoyed a good spell.

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Wasn’t overly troubled and saved well from Mousset and McBurnie.Another clean sheet for the Brazilian number one.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (8/10)

Sloppy with his passing at times but improved as the game went on. Almost picked up an assist for Salah but for an excellent save from Henderson.

Could have added to his tally of assists had Firmino been more clinical.

Joe Gomez (8/10)

An imperious presence alongside Van Dijk. Showed good strength and was strong in his tackle.

passed well and brought the ball out of defense when necessary.

Virgil van Dijk (9/10)

Brilliant pass to Robertson who set up Salah for Liverpool’s opener. A pretty standard performance by the Dutchman who has set such high standards.

Went close to scoring on one occasion and showed incredible timing to win the ball off Mousset as Sheffield United broke on the counter.

Andrew Robertson (7/10)

Won the assists battle against Alexander-Arnold for the night as he set up Salah for the opener.

A calm and assured performance. Held up against anything Sheffield threw at him.

Jordan Henderson (9/10)

If Liverpool were an orchestra, Henderson would be it/s Maestro. A near-faultless display from the skipper who dominated the midfield.

Won back and rotated possession over and over again as Liverpool gained a stranglehold on the Sheffield midfield.

Often underappreciated, Henderson is the vital cog in the Reds machine that seamlessly links the defense with the attack.

Giorginio Wijnaldum (8/10)

A genius at keeping the ball, his ability to get out of tight spaces is an asset to Liverpool’s system as it helps them retain and keep the ball.

Should have gotten on the scoresheet but put his effort wide.

James Milner (7/10)

A late replacement for the unfortunate Keita, Milner fit in seamlessly in the midfield three. The quietest of the three, the veteran did his job and he did it well.

Mohamed Salah (9/10)

A much-improved performance from the Egyptian. Got his goal early on and threatened often. Unlucky not to score a second by a brilliant save by Henderson.

Hit the post in the second half and tested the keeper consistently. Read Mane’s run well to set him up for the second.

Roberto Firmino (6/10)

Not the Brazilian’s best night as he struggled to connect at the end of some well-worked chances.

His ability in passing let him down as well as he couldn’t find Salah on the break, as Liverpool sliced through the Sheffield defense.

Went close with a curling effort from the right in the second half.

Sadio Mane (8/10)

A constant threat on the counter, his direct running pushed back the Sheffield defense.

Was constantly on the move and played a wonderful one-two with Salah as he scored Liverpool’s second to put the tie beyond doubt.

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Divock Origi (7/10)

Did not have much to do and kept the ball well. Ran back to his own penalty area in the 91st minute to help out in defense. The effort was well appreciated by the Anfield crowd.

Adam Lallana (NA)

Replaced Robertson in the 88th minute. Didn’t have much to do and kept the ball ticking.

Harvey Elliott (NA)

Came on in stoppage time as Liverpool saw out the game. The 16 year old’s Premier League debut for the Reds.

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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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