Liverpool FC 2 Newcastle 0: Player ratings as Oxlade-Chamberlain shines

Player ratings as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sparkles in Liverpool FC's 2-0 victory over Newcastle United

By Hayden Crocker
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool FC attacker Mo Salah Photo: Screengrab

Loris Karius – Aside from the one stunning save in the first half, Lorius Karius had a quiet night. Looked assured when called upon. 7/10

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Occasionally suspect in possession, he was relatively subdued going forward, overall not up to his recent standards. 5

Virgil van Dijk – Moved the ball well, grew into the game and was able to push the Newcastle midfield deeper with good passing and distribution from the back. 7

Dejan Lovren – Lovren looks to have locked Joel Matip out of the starting XI, forging a reliable partnership with Van Dijk that has banished the uneasiness of the Anfield faithful. 7

Andy Robertson – As with Alexander-Arnold on the other flank, Robertson struggled to get crosses into the box. Well tracked by the Newcastle defence, was reliable in defence. 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (man of the match) – Those doubting the decision to move leave Arsenal to a Liverpool team that already boasted an impressive midfield roster, recent weeks have shown that, under Klopp, Oxlade-Chamberlain has the potential to develop into a far more complete player than we saw at the Emirates. 8

Jordan Henderson – Energetic and reliable in possession, this was another good performance from the Liverpool captain, whose improving form could bode very well for Liverpool as the season comes to a crunch, and to England beyond. 7

Emre Can – A scrappy but lively game from the German International, winning the ball and supporting attacks where possible. Liverpool fans will hope that the teams current form and continued participation in the Champions League will be enough to convince him to put pen to paper. 6

Mohamed Salah – Until Salah’s 40th minute intervention, it looked as though Newcastles physicality and tactical discipline could stifle Klopp’s men. Salah was at the centre of everything good in the first half and should have earned a penalty late on. 8

Roberto Firmino – Great touch and pass to set up Mane for Liverpool’s second, Firmino was largely frustrated by the lack of space early in the game. Grew in influence as the game stretched in the second half. 7

Sadio Mane – As with Firmino, Mane was well marshalled by the Newcastle defenders in the first half, but his speed and movement continued to provide a nuisance. Took his goal well and his recent crisis of confidence appears to be well behind him. 8

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