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A puppet master conducting a ballet: Liverpool player ratings v Newcastle

We give our Liverpool v Newcastle player ratings following an easy 3-1 victory for the Reds.

Liverpool v Newcastle player ratings. (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Getty Images)

Adrian – 6.5

Apart from Jetro Willems’ unstoppable effort, the Spanish keeper had nothing to do all game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6

Trent’s defensive frailties were showed up for the goal. He needs to be tighter to his man in that scenario and he was regularly caught out as Newcastle countered. On the other hand his range of passing and his crossing were both phenomenal. It is growing increasingly frustrating watching him so unplayable on the front foot and so often napping at the back.

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Joel Matip – 6

Joel was too high for the ball that started off Newcastle’s goalscoring move. Apart from this moment of ill positioning, he was solid throughout with little to do. He again added another element to the attack as he strode out of defence with the ball at his feet.

Virgil van Dijk – 7

Big Virg was imperious as ever, unflappable at the back, he never looked worried and was in complete command throughout.

Andy Robertson – 7

The left back caused Newcastle problems throughout. He was incredibly unlucky not to score following Firmino’s scooped through ball.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5

The Ox was back in the starting lineup. He was positive on the ball but definitely lacking in match practice with a lot of stray touches.

Fabinho – 7

Solid as ever, he did his job with no fuss and no frills. Winning the ball and recycling possession without breaking a sweat.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5

Gini did as Gini does, he popped up all over the pitch, winning and keeping the ball.

Divock Origi – 6

The Belgian looked keen but an unfortunate early injury forced him off.

Mo Salah – 8

Salah looked deadly as ever, he was quick and composed.

Sadio Mane – 9

Two goals for Sadio Mane included a lethal top bins effort to restore parity for the Reds.

Roberto Firmino – 10

A flawless display from the substitute Brazilian. He was central to every positive piece of play for Liverpool, pulling the strings like a puppet master conducting a ballet. He continues to be a joy to watch.


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