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Player Ratings: Liverpool squad 2018-19 season (Part 3)

So we've had a look at the defence and the majority of the midfield, but there's still a few stragglers in the middle, as you forget how many options Jurgen actually has in there.

Here we go to part 3:

Naby Keita - 6.5

Unlike Fabinho, Keita actually got his chance much sooner when the season began. He was a little off the pace, at first, but started to look pretty solid.

But an injury around the end of October saw him go through a tough period where he was in and out of the team and couldn't put a consistent run together.

It was only really during the final 6 weeks of the season when we saw him approaching the sort of quality we had expected before a groin injury ruled him out for the season.

All in all, it wasn't the greatest debut season, but the half-a-dozen performances at the end of the season gave Liverpool fans hope for what he can produce next year. His first goal for the club was a massive highlight of his first season.

Gini Wijnaldum - 8

Much like Milner, Wijnaldum probably wasn't expecting to be a first-choice midfielder, considering the arrival of almost £100 million's worth of midfield talent last summer.

Naby Keita and Fabinho, though, struggled to settle and get a real foot-hold in the team. So up stepped Gini from more or less the first game and established himself as our most consistent and reliable midfielder.

From the first game the Dutch midfielder missed only 5 games (2 of those in the cups) and was on the bench just once.

He played a part in a quite incredible 47 games, with 5 goals and 1 assist. Undoubtedly the highlights of which were the brace he scored against Barcelona in the semi-final second leg.

Adam Lallana - 6

If we told you that the 31-year old played 16 times for Liverpool last season, would you believe us? Probably not.

But Lallana actually appeared that many times in a Red shirt last season. Albeit with only 6 of those being from the start, the other 10 coming off the bench, usually very late on.

Remarkably, though, Lallana didn't manage a single goal or assist and, in fact, many of his appearances were basically just giving him a runout to get his fitness levels up after another injury layoff.

The Englishman has been hard at work all summer though, making sure he's one of the most fit and available players once the pre-season starts. He could have a big role to play.

Sadio Mane - 9

The previous handful of entries have been a bit of a mixed bag but, make no mistake about it, Sadio was one of the players of the season. For Liverpool, in the Premier League and in Europe as a whole.

The Senegal international was fast getting started, with 5 goals and couple of assists in his first half-a-dozen games before his goal-scoring form tapered off a bit.

But while the goals didn't started gushing in again until the start of 2019, Mane was always a constant threat and, without doubt, one of the hardest working players on the pitch at all times for the Reds.

Come the end of March and Sadio was being talked about as one of 4-5 players who could be Player of the Year and was rivalling Mo Salah as our top scorer for 2018-19.

In the end, he finished up on a personal record in England of 26 goals and 5 assists and played 50 times. The highlights were many, but the opener against Bayern stands out.

Come back tomorrow for part 4.

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