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Sadio Mane back with a bang: Liverpool player ratings v Norwich

The relentless Reds march on. Liverpool are now just five matches away from Premier League immortality following a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Liverpool have now gone 43 top-flight matches unbeaten, just six matches behind Arsenal’s invincible record of 49 games (2003-04).

Jurgen Klopp’s side have now recorded 103 points from a possible 105 available to them in the Premier League, winning 34 of their last 35 matches.

Their 76 points from 26 matches this season is a top-flight record.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 15: Sadio Mane of Liverpool scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road on February 15, 2020 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Here are RTK’s player rating v Norwich:

Alisson Becker 8

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The brilliant Brazilian is the best in the world. Simple. Excellent save to deny Rupp first half when Norwich looked destined to score. Safe hands in the difficult, swirling wind, and held one from Pukki in the closing stages.

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold 6

Not his best game but the Scouser in our team still utilised the ball well with some good crossfield passes allied to occasionally very slack distribution in key positions. Much more disciplined after the break.

Joe Gomez 7

Dealt with Pukki very maturely and limited the forward to very little. Always monitoring imminent threats over his shoulder and dealt impressively with the danger throughout and unphased by the conditions.

Virgil van Dijk 7

Norwich were rightly terrified and went nowhere near him first half, allowing the big Dutchman to have a stroll. Not much to do the second half, his 10th clean sheet in his last 11 league matches.

Andy Robertson 6

Saw plenty of the ball had limited driving space. Had more joy in the second half as Norwich began to deteriorate and the gaps began to open.

Jordan Henderson 8

Back in the defensive midfield role, was the go-to-man in the first period. Was freed up by Fabinho’s introduction and made a fine assist for Mane’s opener. That’s one goals and two assists in as many games for the outstanding skipper.  Another inspirational performance.

Gini Wijnaldum 7

Disappeared for a spell in the first half but his tenacity and physicality were instrumental when Liverpool’s passing became a bit sloppy.

Naby Keita 7

Started brightly and later made one fine burst into the area, and had a number of efforts at goal. Should have had a goal but denied at point-blank range by Krul.

Mohamed Salah 7

Started to find space particularly in the second half, looked more of a threat when Mane was introduced.

Roberto Firmino 7

The flamboyance and flair from Firmino was a joy to behold, his tricks were out in force as the Brazilian proved the main danger first half with his intelligent runs and close control. Saw a late opportunity go begging late on.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6

Used the ball well in the first half and looked to inject some much-needed energy with a couple of bursting runs. Just couldn’t affect the game.

Substitutes

Sadio Mane (for Oxlade-Chamberlain 60) 8

Was excellent when introduced and demonstrated his quality with an outstanding goal to send the Reds 25 points clear. Welcome back Sadio!

Fabinho (for Wijnaldum 60) 7

Made an instant difference in midfield with his passing range and should be a certain to start against Atletico Madrid.

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