Player Ratings: Burnely 1 Liverpool 2

Mané (61′), Klavan (90+4′) // Gudmundsson (87′)

THE REDS START THE YEAR OF RIGHT.

Back to back 2-1s get the Reds six points in two days. Virgil Van Dijk signs and Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan decide to be the best centre half pairing we’ve had this season. There’s a beauty in that.

There’s a beauty in a last minute winner, floated in, headed on, headed in.

Up the last minute Reds.

Simon Mignolet- 7/10
Not loads to do but does make a couple of smart saves. Not at fault for the goal.

Say what you want about Si the Mig, but he’s unbeaten as captain.
Trent Alexander-Arnold- 7/10
Started quietly and grew into it. Managed his game well and set up the opener.
Dejan Lovren- 8/10
Absolutely amazing that on the day Virgil Van Dijk signs for Liverpool that Dejan Lovren steps up to be counted. Dealt with Ashley Barnes well and produced a lovely header for Klavan’s winner. Would’ve been a delightful goal of Estonia’s finest didn’t get the touch.
Ragnar Klavan- 10/10
He is the first Estonian to score a goal in the Premier League and is by far the most deserving and beautiful one. Maybe could’ve been better for the goal but scored the winner and starts off 2018 the right way.

There’s a bit of a mad thing recently, people suddenly rating him and realising he’s actually quite good at football. He’s always been good. Of course, he’s had his moments, and he shouldn’t be regularly starting games of football for Liverpool Football Club but he has shown that he is a competent centre half who can be called upon when needed.
Joe Gomez- 7/10
Bit of a change for him as he lined up at left back, but produced a largely competent display. Did well for 87 minutes but then switched off, which is becoming a bit of a concern as it is the third time we have seen the same mistake from him. He really needs to be learning by now.
Georginio Wijnaldum- 5/10
A fresh player in the midfield, and should have been taking some of the impetus. Looked happy to sit back and let Can take it. Don’t actually know what he offers to this Liverpool team, other than making up the numbers.
Emre Can- 6/10
Has played two games in 48 hours and it showed. Knocked off at times and had a particularly poor start to the second half. Did well to win the free kick for the winner.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain- 8/10
Came closest in the first half and continued to play well in the second. Fantastic ball in for the winner. Can probably consider himself unlucky to not walk off with a goal.

Needled the hell out of the home fans at the end and got Perrie Edwards in the away end, what a man.

Sadio Mané- 8/10
Still wasn’t at his best but the goal is sensational. A brilliant turn and finish on his weaker foot. Needed to step up and be the main man and he did just that, and hopefully can continue to improve.
Dominic Solanke- 6/10
Didn’t really come off for him but he worked hard.
Adam Lallana- 8/10
Good energy and did well to get 85 minutes. Made a brilliant tackle in the first half and was a calming influence when needed in the second. Look forward to seeing more of him later in the season.

Substitutes
Roberto Firmino- 6/10
Ran on the pitch and almost scored.
James Milner- N/A
Ran on the pitch.
Joel Matip- N/A
Also ran on the pitch.

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