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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-0 Flamengo

On another momentous night for this LFC team, more history was written by the men in Red, as they became the first team in our club's proud history to win the Club World Cup.


Having challenged for it on three previous occasions, most recently in 2005, there is no doubting that the pressure was all on us to bring the trophy home today.


Liverpool were big favourites, already considered one of, if not the, best team in the world and they started like a house on fire.


A couple of early chances could've seen us 2-nil ahead and the game wrapped up but we didn't take the chance and Flamengo came back strong for the remainder of the half.


The second half was a more even affair, with both sides having chances before Liverpool finally wrestled control of the match in extra-time.


It was left to that man that won us the semi-final, Bobby Firmino, to score the winner. Showing great composure, it tucked his chance away in the 99th minute and the rest, as they say, is now history.


Alisson - Was comfortable throughout the match, never looking under any real pressure and made some good saves Being the best goalkeeper in the world has become standard now. 7


Trent Alexander-Arnold - Did a lot of good down the right, but struggled to get crosses in in the first 45 minutes, as Flamengo defended well. Was able to find his crossing range a lot more in the second half and he gave them plenty of problems throughout. 7


Joe Gomez - His best display since his return to the team in Lovren and Joel Matip's absence. Winning low tackles, towering headers and generally putting on his best impression of Gandalf. Unbreakable. 8


Virgil Van Dijk - Looked the cool dude we've become accustomed to, only ever really showing his frustration with how the opposition players were conducting themselves. Like Gomez, was never really troubled overly other than from long range. Cleared most crosses. 7


Andy Robertson - Dominated the left flank at both ends, having a rather tasty battle with Rafinha all night. Came out on top and was still needling after the full-time whistle. 7


Jordan Henderson - After his brilliant display on Wednesday, the captain was immense against tonight, going one better than he did in the week. Went close once or twice too, played some incredible balls through and over the top as well. Only missing an assist/goal. 9 Man of the Match


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Not his day at all. Struggled on and off the ball and just generally looked off the pace. Was hobbled mid-way through the second half and had to be replaced by Adam Lallana. On crutches during the trophy ceremony. 6


Naby Keita - Started like a house on fire, instigating and being a part of a lot of what the team did well. Faded as the game went on but continues to gain confidence and, with that, his quality has started to shine. 7


Sadio Mane - A nightmare throughout for Flamengo, with Rafinha struggling to deal with him to the extent that he brought him down outside the box in stoppage time. Was ridiculously booked as well after being repeatedly fouled himself. But for an inept ref, would've had a lot more joy tonight too. 7


Mo Salah - Won the award for the player of the tournament but it was clearly a political move. He'd have won it if he hadn't even played. Having said that, he was brilliant in the week and had some great moments tonight. Still far from his best but he's clearly getting there again. 7


Roberto Firmino - Quietly improved as the match went on. Scored the winner in the 99th minute against a lot of his old mates and took a yellow for pulling off his shirt. He's a bloody world champion though, so who cares. 7


Subs:


Adam Lallana - On for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second half and had a positive influence on the match. 7


James Milner - Worked hard for his winners medal but struggled to keep up with the overall pace of the match. 6


Divock Origi - Held the ball up well after coming on late on. 7



 
 

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