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Greetings, Liverpool FC fans! What a fantastic start to the year it has been as our beloved Reds secured a thrilling 4-2 victory against Newcastle United, solidifying our position at the top of the Premier League table. In this article, we will delve into individual player performances, breaking down the highs and lows of our stars in the first game of 2024.

1. Alisson Becker (Goalkeeper – 6/10):

Alisson faced a challenging task in goal, unable to do much about the two goals conceded. While his starting position raised some questions, he still showcased why he’s regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world. A solid six for Alisson’s performance.

2. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Right-back – 8/10):

Trent continues to shine with his dynamic play and exceptional ball-playing ability. Exploited on the first goal, he rebounded with a commanding performance, demonstrating leadership as the Vice Captain. A well-deserved eight for Trent’s impactful game.

3. Virgil Van Dijk (Center-back – 7/10):

The defensive maestro, Virgil Van Dijk, displayed resilience throughout the game. Despite a few lapses, his overall contribution and leadership on the field were vital. A solid seven for our captain.

4. Joe Gomez (Center-back – 9/10):

Joe Gomez, often questioned in the past, has been a revelation in recent weeks. Stepping into the defensive role with gusto, his versatility has become a crucial asset. A stellar performance earns Gomez a well-deserved nine.

5. Ibrahim Konate (Center-back – 7/10):

Konate showcased solid defensive skills, but questions lingered over the marking during set-pieces. His defensive prowess earned him a commendable seven.

6. Curtis Jones (Midfielder – 9/10):

Curtis Jones continues to impress, demonstrating top-notch pressing, work rate, and an uncanny ability to find goal-scoring positions. Undoubtedly the man of the match, Jones receives a stellar nine for his outstanding performance.

7. Dominik Szoboszlai (Forward – 6/10):

Szoboszlai had a challenging game, with some loose passes and heavy touches impacting his performance. While not at his best, his class and quality are undeniable. A fair six for the forward.

8. Mohamed Salah (Forward – 9/10):

Mo Salah had a mixed performance, missing a penalty but redeeming himself with two well-taken goals. Questions arise about his reliability as a penalty taker, but his overall contribution earns him a rating of 9, highlighted by his seamless integration into the team’s attacking dynamics, consistently providing precise passes to the front two and incoming midfielders.

9. Luis Diaz (Winger – 9/10):

Diaz, initially doubted due to recent struggles, silenced critics with a brilliant display. A crucial part of the win, Diaz’s impact earns him a well-deserved nine.

10. Ryan Gravenberch (Midfielder – 7/10):

Gravenberch had a solid display, showcasing his ball-carrying abilities. A commendable seven for the substitute.

11. Substitutes:

  • Diogo Jota (Forward – 9/10): Jota’s impact was immediate, providing a spark and setting up crucial moments. A stellar nine for the Portuguese forward.
  • Cody Gakpo (Forward – 8/10): Gakpo seized his moment with a memorable goal, showcasing his technical brilliance. An eight for the impactful substitute.
  • Alexis Mallister (Midfielder – 8/10): Alexis returned with flair, contributing positively and earning an impressive eight for his performance.

12. Jurgen Klopp (Manager – 8/10):

Klopp’s team selection, particularly with Diaz, proved effective, and his timely substitutions played a pivotal role. While questions linger about Nunes’ positioning, Klopp’s overall management earns him a solid eight.


In a game filled with twists and turns, Liverpool FC emerged victorious against Newcastle United. Individual performances showcased both strengths and areas for improvement. As we savor this thrilling win, let’s continue to support our Reds on their journey to success in 2024. YNWA!

Note: Player ratings are subjective and based on the author’s analysis of the game.

YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone)!
The Liverpool FC Times Team

By Dr Jojo

Content writer for Liverpool FC Times

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