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Liverpool player ratings vs Brentford: Mo Salah, true king of Anfield

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On coronation day, the Egyptian was again the Reds’ matchwinner as he moves level with Steven Gerrard on the club’s all-time scoring list

Anfield hailed its true King on Saturday as Mohamed Salah’s 30th goal of the season gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Brentford to keep alive their hopes of Champions League qualification.

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The Egyptian struck early on from Virgil van Dijk’s nod down, his goal moving him level with Steven Gerrard in fifth on the Reds’ all-time scoring list and, more importantly, putting Jurgen Klopp’s side within a point of fourth-placed Manchester United in the Premier League table.

It was not a vintage Liverpool performance by any means, but they defended firmly in a bitty second half as a robust and determined Brentford side repeatedly threatened from a series of set-pieces.

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Did what he needed to do. Saw too much of the ball in the second half for Klopp’s liking, but his work from crosses was excellent.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (8/10):

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More evidence of his incredible passing ability. Should have had an assist for Nunez and stung David Raya’s palms with a 20-yarder. Best player on the pitch.

Ibrahima Konate (7/10):

Needed to be on guard throughout against Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney. He was.

Virgil van Dijk (7/10):

Unselfish assist for Salah. Strange early booking, but kept his composure well in a fraught second half.

Andy Robertson (6/10):

Solid and steady before appearing to suffer a hamstring issue.

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Fabinho (7/10):

Stood up to the physical test and kept things simple.

Curtis Jones (6/10):

Repeatedly led the press from midfield in the first half. Less of that in the second 45, but a couple of lovely touches.

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Mohamed Salah (7/10):

Poacher’s goal to open the scoring and move level with Steven Gerrard on the Reds’ all-time scoring list.

Cody Gakpo (6/10):

A few nice touches in what was more a midfield role generally. Looked a little leggy in the second half and somehow didn’t score from virtually on the line.

Diogo Jota (6/10):

Pressed well and was a threat in the first half. Less effective, as were Liverpool, after the break.

Darwin Nunez (5/10):

Clearly short of confidence on the ball and doesn’t look in tune with his team-mates at times. Still has the backing of fans despite that.

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Subs & Manager

Luis Diaz (5/10):

Couldn’t really get into it.

Jordan Henderson (7/10):

Made a difference immediately with his experience and nous.

Kostas Tsimikas (6/10):

On when Robertson went off. Did OK.

James Milner (N/A):

On late.

Jurgen Klopp (6/10):

His team keep digging out wins. Options were limited today. Made the right subs.


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