Player Ratings: Liverpool 2 Everton 1

Milner (35′ pen), van Dijk (84′) // Sigurdsson (67)


The Reds are gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful.

Every single one of them, back to front. Drop dead gorgeous.

They play and they fight and they get lashed into the stands and they fight some more. They never die. They dust themselves off and they fight some more.

The Reds win a penalty against the flow of play and it is tucked away with ease.

Roberto Firmino gets launched into the stand and fights back. Adam Lallana backs him up. Bobby Madley does nothing.

Everton score from a counter attack but the Reds don’t die. They never die. This last week has shown that.

Virgil van Dijk rises above everyone and heads home the winner. The 84th minute, on his debut, at the Kop end. What dreams are made of.

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Up the fucking gorgeous Reds.

Loris Karius- 10/10
Nothing to do really, could’ve at least dived for their goal and was maybe a bit slow coming out for things. Gorgeous though, isn’t he.
Joe Gomez- 10/10
Fantastic. So calm and composed on the ball, especially first half. Gets caught once or twice in the second and gets hooked. Still though, beautiful.
Joel Matip- 10/10
Makes a terrible header in the first half but recovers well. Don’t think he’s brilliant but does enough. Deals with being hauled down by Bolasie well. Looked splendid. The greatest angry walk:

Virgil van Dijk- 10/10
Looked absolutely delectable. An absolute giant among men, looked assured all night and most importantly shouted loads. Gets the winner. 8000 of them saw him do that, shatter their hearts. 8000 of them. That’s worth the £75m alone. A £75m winner, you beauty.
Andrew Robertson- 10/10
Set the tone early on with some great tackles and dealt with Bolasie very well. Was positive down the left and got in behind Bolasie excellently in the second half. A brilliant performance and looked fucking spectacular.
James Milner- 10/10
Was decent enough, tidy play in the midfield. Perhaps could have affected the game more in the first half when Everton had a period of possession but then he tucks away the penalty with ease. Lovely.
Emre Can- 10/10
Lots of sideways and backwards play and was poor out of possession. Lost his man for their goal: he was the man who scored. I’ve said that sentence a lot this season. I’m sure Milner could’ve found someone who wants to be at Liverpool a tad more than Can to give the armband to, but the Reds were gorgeous and I guess he was too.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain- 10/10
Can’t half put a decent ball in. Two assists in two games. Worked for the team, got out of tight spaces well and was a threat. Looked absolutely sumptuous.

Got Perrie Edwards at Anfield. The absolute man. Unbeaten with her in the crowd though, make of that what you will.
Sadio Mané- 10/10
Still think he’s not at his best but he was still bloody good. Looked lively and worked hard, looked to threaten a lot. Got in behind more than once and was beautiful while he did it.
Roberto Firmino- 10/10
Gets lashed into a stand and gets straight back up. Squared up to la puta. Did loads of nice Roberto Firmino things and looked wonderful doing it.
Adam Lallana- 10/10
Don’t think he was great to be honest, took a while to get going but had a good ten minute spell at the end of the first half. Missed an excellent chance in the second half. Looked beautiful.

Georginio Wijnaldum- 10/10
Honestly not got a clue. Rate him yourselves.
Dominic Solanke- 10/10
Ran on and got the softest booking ever. Showed some tidy feet and looked wonderful.
Trent Alexander-Arnold- 10/10
Slotted in with ease, played some delightful balls and looked gorgeous whilst doing it.

Jordan Pickford- 0/10
Can’t believe he’s being touted as a future England goalkeeper, he’s absolutely trash.
Mason Holgate- 0/10
Filho da puta.

Bobby Madley- 0/10
In the space of about two minutes Holgate hauls Lallana to the ground, shoves Firmino into the stands and grabs the referee in an aggressive manor. He doesn’t even get booked. Bobby Madley is an informal shithouse of a referee who quite frankly needs to be relieved of his duty. Missed the foul on Matip in the buildup to their goal, too. Utterly incompetent.

I don’t want to end such a glorious night talking about him though. So fuck Bobby Madley, fuck Mason Holgate and fuck Phil Coutinho too. Let’s talk about van Dijk. Let’s walk around him. Let’s party until tomorrow and sing his name until we can sing no more.

Up the Virgil van Dijk Reds.

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