Liverpool Player Ratings as Naby Keita secures 3 points for the reds -Newcastle 0-1 Liverpool
Liverpool secured a 1-0 win at Newcastle to top the league.
Premier League (34), St James’ Park
April 30, 2022
Goals: Keita 19′
Alisson – 7 (out of 10)
Alisson made saves but the flag usually goes up shortly after that. Made a particularly good one from Chris Wood in one such situation.
Joe Gomez – 9
Looks comfortable in the position, and also drops into midfield now and again to contribute when needed.
Played a nice early cross into the danger area, even though Mane was offside, and was a threat down the right, helped by Diaz.
Joel Matip – 8
Made a couple of classic Matip runs forward from defence and was part of a very disciplined defensive line.
Virgil van Dijk – 8
Blasted a volley over from a corner – great connection and would have broken the net had it been on target.
Andy Robertson – 8
Had a good chance to create some havoc after Jota had challenged Martin Dubravka, leaving the Newcastle goalie stranded, but he kicked it straight into the keeper’s arms.
Jordan Henderson – 8
Henderson took a free-kick, much to the amusement of Alexander-Arnold and Salah as the usual free-kick takers watched from the sidelines..
Helped Liverpool control the game, completing 93% of his passes.
James Milner – 8
The 36-year-old played well as the second midfielder in the three and looked comfortable with the pace of the game – more so than some of those in black and white.
Naby Keita – 9 – (Man of the Match)
Played some nice passes in the final third.
His goal was a classic, his composure on the ball, taking it around the goalkeeper leaving the defence helpless on the line as he shot through them with his weaker left foot.
Luis Diaz – 8
Diaz could not score a goal, either through an assist or by scoring himself, but was an important part of the attack nevertheless.
Sadio Mane – 6
Had a couple of chances, sending one decent opportunity straight at Dubravka and shooting wide from a good Gomez cross. Worked hard for the team
Diogo Jota – 6
Just 19 touches in the first half, but among those was an assist for Keita’s goal, a chance sent off-target after a great touch to control, and a brilliant header from a Henderson cross which was saved.
Mohamed Salah (on for Mane, 69′) – 6
Had a good match overall but nothing quite fell for him.
Fabinho (on for Henderson, 69′) – 7
Brought in more physical protection in front of the backline. A planned sub, no doubt.
Thiago (on for Milner, 78′) – N/A
His technicality helped Liverpool keep the ball see out the game in the last 25 minutes.
Subs not used: Caoimhin Kelleher, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, Kostas Tsimikas, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harvey Elliott.