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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Salzburg 0-2 Liverpool

After the last couple of wins in resounding fashion, tonight was set up to be a high-pressure, stressful affair, more in line with most of our games this season.

Not because Liverpool would be under-par, but because the home side are a top-class team of quality youngsters. The first half played up to that billing.

But the second half was more like our previous two fixtures, in that we controlled the game, dominated the ball and carved out chance, after chance.

It should've been 3-3 after the first half. By the end of the second it could've been 12-3. Liverpool attacked relentlessly but controlled the match with maturity.

In games like this we look as if we've surpassed the level we met, that Man City had created last season, and moved it up another gear. Most teams can't live with us in this sort of form.

Next up, sure to be relegated Watford away on Saturday morning, before a trip to scorching Doha in Qatar for the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup next Wednesday.

Alisson - Faced more shots than he did in the last two games combined. Never seriously troubled though and well-controlled his area. 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold - A really solid display from Trent, who's attacking instincts were slightly more muted than usual. Defended well. 7

Virgil Van Dijk - The colossus was imperious once again. Almost single-handedly putting an end to most of the home side's attacks. Best in the world? Without question. 9 Man of the Match

Dejan Lovren - Started well for Lovren, who was looking strong. But went off injured again, with Gomez replacing him. Didn't look good this time. Hopefully it can be managed though. 7

Andy Robertson - A brilliant defensive display from the Scottish captain who didn't give the home side a sniff down his side all night. Assisted Mane very ably down the left as well. 7

Jordan Henderson - Was it a rest against Everton, rotation, or was the captain one of a number of first-choice players who were being sent a message? Either way, the captain has been brilliant in the last two games, really upping his game and taking responsibility. Just pipped to our best player by the immensely good Virgil Van Dijk. 8

Gini Wijnaldum - Another great, understated display from the Dutchman. Did everything right, was tidy and ensured that Liverpool got a real stranglehold on the midfield in the second half. 7

Naby Keita - Another game, another goal and another ramp up in his performance too. He looked hungry, fit and is seemingly hitting some great form at just the right time. A real goal-scoring threat from midfield, with the likes of Naby and the Ox are just the medicine at what is likely to be the busiest period of a season any LFC team has ever faced before. 8

Sadio Mane - Was a constant thorn in Salzburg's side, they were utterly terrified of his direct running and trickiness. Didn't get the goal his play deserved but is finally being recognised as one of the best players in the world. You just can't stop Sadio in full flow. 7

Mo Salah - Somehow conspired to miss a hat-trick of wonderful chances in the first half, another in the second and then scored from the most insanely physics-defying angle that only a truly special player could. Could've had another hat-trick after but looks up for it lately. It's great to see again. 7

Roberto Firmino - Another game, another almost anonymous Bobby display. The only downside of a great game. 5


Joe Gomez - Did well after coming off the bench. Looked comfortable and good on the ball. Once again, could this be his big chance again? We'll see. 7

James Milner - Came off the bench for Firmino and kept it simple. That's all you want him to do late on in games like this. 6

Divock Origi - Didn't have enough time to really impact the match. The way Firmino is playing though he may be seeing more action in the near future though. NA




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