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Liverpool vs Red Star: player performances - The Red Debate
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By Ollie Verghese (@RedDebateOllie)

We needed that. 4-0 win, front 3 all scoring, Fabinho & Shaqiri playing well, clean sheet, Napoli and PSG drawing. A good night at the office for The Reds.

We started slowly; perhaps for the first 20 minutes nobody stood out & we couldn’t find our passing game. We kept resorting to long balls until we had one attack started by Shaqiri to Robbo down the left. Everyone seemed to kick into gear after that.

Alisson
Didn’t have much to do. Saw a tweet saying Alisson got off with 5 minutes to go to beat the traffic. May as well have done

Trent
Solid game. Showed how we’ve missed his incisive passing

Big Joe Gomez
His usual solid self. Seems to be even quicker across the ground this season – is that possible? 1 bad pass to let them in, but we’ll let him off
#BigJoeGomezAppreciationSociety

Big Virg
Equally solid. Top pair these two
#BigVirgAppreciationSociety

Robbo
Crazy amounts of running. Got his deserved ovation at the end

Fabinho
Started slowly & then came into his own. Tackled everything. Won 9 tackles and 5 interceptions. Won his headers. Passed forward, broke forward with the ball. Showed for it. Enjoyed this performance

Wijnaldum
Was our best player in the tricky opening 20. Great energy

Shaqiri
Brilliant creative play. Still learning the press in my opinion. Will be even better once he’s fully in tune. Edges MOTM for me over Fabinho

Firmino
Back to his usual self. Great link up play, finish and pressing

Mané
Again, looked really threatening. Some lovely flicks. Delighted he got his goal. Shame about the penalty. Infectious smile in the post match interview. Love him

Salah
Just started to look like his old self. Not quite there yet I feel but that’s just because he was SO good last season. Fifty goals for Liverpool in less games than Torres, Sturridge and Suarez. That’s quite something

Subs:

Lallana
Didn’t have the gas when he was clean through. Shame

Sturridge
Lovely assist for Mane. He’s genuinely a great option for us. Needed

Moreno
Bert Moreno. Lively in the limited amount of time he had