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Player Ratings: Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield

If last Sunday was a bit of a slog, the win at home tonight was a stroll in the park by the end. Like Porto a couple of weeks ago, we found it a bit harder than expected at the start.

Within 14 seconds we had the lead but being such an early goal, it was almost as if it hadn't happened when the match restarted and Huddersfield made a real match of the first 20.

But once the second goal went in the boys didn't look back. By the end, it could easily have been a cricket score, and Salah and Mane will be ruining missed hat-trick chances.

Scoring 5 at home though, 5 days before a huge Champions League first-leg is not to be grumbled at, and the confidence it'll give the lads cannot be underestimated.

Alisson - Probably the easiest match he's had all season. Barely faced a shot, and with 70% possession he probably touched the ball less than he's used to as well. 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold - A lovely assist and some great forward passing, but his defensive lapses and the rate at which the away side caught him out early on were a concern. Barca will definitely target him next week. Something to work on. 7

Dejan Lovren - As returns to the first-team go, you couldn't have asked for an easier one, but Dejan was excellent. He mopped up well and the defence rarely looked unduly threatened. 8

Virgil Van Dijk - Imperious again. What more is there to say? Oh, that one occasion, where he intercepted the ball and casually loped forward to lay it off for Robbo to set up a goal? Bloody beautiful bastard, he is. 8

Andy Robertson - A constant threat and a couple of excellent assists. How have we only paid £8 million for the Scottish Roberto Carlos? The man is insatiable, has boundless energy and his crossing is a forward's dream. The only thing you can say, is how have our forward's not scored more this season? 9 Man of the Match

Gini Wijnaldum - Effortless, massively influential and mostly goes unnoticed and underrated. Don't underrate Gini, he's a superb midfielder who epitomises how our team plays. He was tidy, efficient and never looked flustered early on when the away side were at us. 7

Jordan Henderson - Another assist and another promising display of physicality, work-rate and power. This is the Henderson we've been wanting for 3 years. 7

Naby Keita - An early goal once again further boosted Keita's confidence. Once again, the lad didn't look back after that. Was mobile, nifty and hounded and harassed their midfield. 8

Sadio Mane - A couple of goals and should've had a hat-trick of headed goals. Sadio officially entered the realms of 'world class' this season. There isn't a better left winger in world football right now. 8

Mo Salah - Only in a team like ours could Mo score twice, assist an opener after 14 seconds and still miss out on the man of the match award. But, like Mane, he should've scored more and will be ruining missed chances. Barca's defence will be dreading facing him. 8

Daniel Sturridge - It's never a fair judgement of Dan when he plays, because he's generally pulled off after an hour and is slotted into a system that doesn't suit him. But it would have been great to see him get what will almost certainly get a farewell goal. Toiled away. 6


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Had a brilliant chance for a comeback goal after barely 2 minutes and had a smile afterwards when he realised how close he'd come. He's back. 7

Xherdan Shaqiri - Laid on Robbo to set up the 5th goal. Was influential in the closing stages and will hopefully be used more in the final 4-5 matches of the season. 7

Joe Gomez - Wasn't on for long. It's another 5-10 minutes of action to build fitness. NA

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