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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle

What an afternoon.


It started out badly, with Willems getting the visitors off to the perfect start, despite barely touching the ball for the first 6 minutes.


The Reds then laboured away for most of the first half before Sadio Mane decided to take matters into his own hands and grab an equaliser shortly after we were denied a clear pen.


Shortly before the break Roberto Firmino replaced the injured Divock Origi and that was the match won, with hindsight as Firmino was instrumental in everything good that we did.


The Brazilian made the second before laying on Salah with a gorgeous back heel for the third and could've set up Mane for his hat-trick, if not for an offside call.


All in all, a great afternoon and Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are - albeit on a temporary basis - five points clear the top of the league.


Adrian - Was not his busiest afternoon but he did perhaps let the power and speed of Willem's shot excuse him from making more of an effort to save. It was a fierce effort but definitely could've been saved. 5


Trent Alexander-Arnold - It's been a real mixed bag for Trent lately with plenty of effort and application, but he's just no hitting the right notes. Today was another one of those days. 6


Joel Matip - It was a day for Matip to step forward and he was masterful when up against the tricky Joelinton, basically nullifying the threat of the Brazilian. 8


Virgil Van Dijk - It's good to see Van Dijk looking so comfortable, after one or two early season wobbles but having Matip alongside him again is clearly making him more comfortable. His was dominant in the air and got a few flicks from set pieces that he could perhaps have done a bit more with. 7


Andy Robertson - Warmed his way into the match and was desperately unlucky not to grab his second Liverpool goal after some great work. It was his work that provided Mane with the chance to score our equaliser after 28 minutes. 7


Fabinho - What else is there to say about the magnificent midfielder called Fabinho? Not a lot. Imperious again. Up against Jonjo Shelvey, it's crazy to think of how much we've upgraded since the days of players like the Newcastle man. 8


Gini Wijnaldum - He was everywhere, popping up in midfield, up front, sweeping in front of the defence. He is often criticised for not 'doing enough' by sections of our fans but his tireless work in midfield was the cornerstone for us turning the match around today. 7


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Let's be honest now, Alex was really poor again in the first half. Against our better judgement Jurgen persevered with the English star after the break and was rewarded with a much better display. He was more dynamic, bursting forward and had a few decent shots. Looking hungry again, which is great news for us. 7


Sadio Mane - As last season, Mane is now level with Mo Salah as our leading goalscorers this season in the league - both have four goals after today. It could've been more and was almost a hat-trick for Mane. The winger just continues to be sublime and his levels don't seem to have dropped since he first signed for us three years ago now. 9


Mo Salah - Was a tricky day for Mo, who Newcastle had obviously targeted as our biggest threat. They weren't wrong, but when you attempt to nullify Salah, you leave yourself open to Mane. Then Firmino comes on. It's not an easy take and, thus, despite being a little bit quieter than we're used to he still managed his obligatory goal at his Anfield playground. 7


Divock Origi - He was poor. He got injured. Enough said really. 5


Subs:


Roberto Firmino - The other magnificent Brazilian at the club came off the bench and, much like Fabinho did in the middle, he dominated the forward line and led Newcastle's defence a merry dance. At one point two of the away team's defenders clashed due to Firmino's magic. But his deft double touch and back heel to Salah for the third was the icing on the cake for us today. 9 Man of the Match


James Milner - Not a lot going on really, and he hardly had much to do. 6


Xherdan Shaqiri - Should've come on 5 minutes earlier but as it was had little time. N/A



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