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Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle

Conceding first didn’t stop the Reds from keeping up their 100% start to the Premier League season as the emerge victorious against Newcastle.

The Ratings

Adrian – 6

The only issue with Adrian’s performance this Saturday afternoon is that he should probably do better for Jetro Willems’ opening goal. The Spanish goalkeeper looked to dive too late and was beaten by what was a very decent effort.

The inescapable comparison’s to Liverpool’s No.1 remain. There is a belief that Alisson wouldn’t have conceded that goal, but that’s why he’s the best goalkeeper in the world and Adrian isn’t.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6

Trent gets caught out massively for Newcastle’s goal, although he shouldn’t really be to blame.

There’s only so much you can do when a player takes the ball onto his weaker foot to slam a thunderbolt into the top right-hand corner. It was in complete defiance of everything you’d come to expect from a left-footed left-back.

Joel Matip – 7

Lovely performance from Joel Matip here. Everything that we have come to expect from the Cameroonian in defence.

Cool and calm throughout the game, Joel was the perfect supporting act to Virgil van Dijk’s leading role.

He should have had a penalty too, but Mike Dean’s VAR refused to overturn the on-pitch decision.

Virgil van Dijk – 8

Captain van Dijk is in business here. The Dutchman was his usual massive self. Highlights include making a last-ditch tackle on Joelinton to stop a counter-attack and making himself huge to prevent an Emil Krafth equaliser when the game was at 2-1.

Plus, he’s absolutely rapid.

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Andrew Robertson – 6

Robbo really struggled for pretty much all of the first half. The Scotland captain didn’t really see much of the ball and he struggled to pick out crosses into the box.

Improved in the second half as the team improved as a whole.

Fabinho – 8

Most of what Fabinho did this afternoon will be missed by people but the Brazilian midfielder had a top class outing against Newcastle.

He stamped out most of what the Magpies offered before their attacks began and he provided an outlet to start most of what Liverpool created. A complete midfielder.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

It’s clear that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still shaking off some of the rust from his year-long injury layoff.

Struggled to get in the game to begin with but built as the game went on. Still quite a way away from being back at the same level that he was before his injury but he’ll get there eventually.

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Gini Wijnaldum – 7

Gini put in a decent shift against his former side. A classic Wijnaldum performance in many respects.

What the Dutchman is best at is winning the ball and then retaining it – and that’s what we saw from him in droves today.

He very nearly scored a spectacular goal, too. A lovely touch followed by a decent strike that he was unlucky to not score with.

Sadio Mané – 9

Six in six in all competitions for Sadio Mané this season. The Senegalese winger had a fantastic game today, with his first goal being very, very special.

The ball touched three of the back four before Robertson found Mané for a world-class finish past Martin Dúbravka.

His second was fortunate – the Newcastle goalkeeper came out to claim the ball from a lovely Firmino pass but it ricocheted back into the path of Mané and eventually into the net.

A fantastic outing from a fantastic player.

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Mohamed Salah – 8

Despite having a slightly quieter attacking performance, Mohamed Salah still gets a goal and still sticks out as one of the better players on the pitch.

Salah demonstrated more than a willingness to score goals but a willingness to do whatever he can for the team. The Egyptian tracked back a long way to catch Jonjo Shelvey and stop the former Red creating an opportunity.

He got his goal thanks to some Firmino magic but it did require a very nice finish as well.

Divock Origi – 6

Unfortunately for Divock, he was forced off early with an injury. A tough early challenge lingered with the Belgian and ended up forcing his afternoon to be cut short.

Didn’t really offer much in the time he was on the pitch but was trying to create something positive whilst the Reds were behind.

Substitutes

Roberto Firmino (on for Origi – 37′) – 9

What an impact.

As cliche as it sounds, the Liverpool system revolves around Roberto Firmino. When he’s not on the pitch, the side is different. Less fluid, less impactful.

He came on and took the game by the scruff of the neck. Instantly the team was creating, looking to go forward and make things happen.

He doesn’t score but he is comfortably the best player on the pitch. Neat little flicks and beautiful tricks everywhere.

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James Milner (on for Oxlade-Chamberlain – 75′) – 6

Pretty standard substitution this from Jürgen Klopp. Bring on Milner to steady things up and make sure that things don’t go sideways.

Success.

Xherdan Shaqiri (on for Wijnaldum – 83′) – 6

This one is probably to rest Wijnaldum ahead of the Champions League fixture against Napoli on Tuesday. Shaqiri didn’t really have time to make a huge impact on the game but did what he needed to.

That’s it as Liverpool remain the only side in the top six tiers of English football with a 100% record.

Next up: Napoli, Tuesday 17 September

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