Player ratings: Liverpool 4-0 Brighton

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In true Liverpool style, we’ve made hard work of securing our place in the top four but yesterday we finally got the job done. Emphatically! We were back to our brilliant best and if the game had finished 10-0 Brighton couldn’t have had any complaints.

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In a season where records seem to have been broken on almost a weekly basis, our Egyptian King popped up with another one of his own - becoming the first player to score 32 goals in a 38 game season, beating the previous record of 31 held by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and a certain Luis Suarez. It’s a fantastic achievement by Salah. He looks a bona fide superstar and he’s been thrilling to watch this season. Let’s just hope he’s enough gas left in the tank to put Madrid to the sword in Kiev.

Our midfield and defence looked solid throughout, limiting Brighton to two shots on goal in the whole game. I think Hendo has grown as a player this year, his passing range is much improved and he has an air of authority you would expect from an LFC captain these days. Wijnaldum had a good game as well I thought, he won possession back numerous times and he retains possession well. He divides the fan base and there will always be more glamorous players in the side but he does a good job in my opinion and is more than worth his place in the squad.

In a slight change in formation, we brought Solanke in to play a more traditional no9 role than we usually do, with our usual attacking triumvirate playing slightly deeper and I thought he was excellent. Held the ball up well, played a few nice passes and scored a brilliant goal. That will do his confidence the world of good to finally get off the mark. I can still see him going out on loan next season though, depending who we sign.

Another player to get off the scoring mark for us yesterday was Andy Robertson and nobody deserves a goal more than him. The impact he’s made to our team considering he was an £8million signing from Hull has been incredible. He’s the best LB in the league now in my opinion and our left side of defence which has caused us so many problems over the years now looks rock solid with Robbo and Van Dijk there. Well done to Lovren too for scoring the vital second goal in what was otherwise a quiet day for our defence.

So we’ve done it. Successive Champions League qualification is a huge statement of progression for the club and to have got to the Champions League final as well, in Klopp’s first Champions League campaign with us, has exceeded all expectations. We’ve had two European campaigns under Klopp and got to two finals. This tells me that under his jovial, charismatic demeanour, we have a truly special manager and we are lucky to have him. As much as for us, I really hope we win the Champions League as Klopp deserves a winners medal as much as anyone.

Anyway, a brilliant end to a thrilling domestic campaign but the season isn’t over yet! Two weeks rest and preparation for the Champions League final, our first in eleven years and I for one can’t wait. Going to be a long couple of weeks but here’s hoping I’ll be writing a jubilant post match analysis the day after the final (assuming I’ve sobered up).

Regardless of the outcome of the final however 2017/18 has been a brilliant season, full of thrills, drama and exciting football and I already can’t wait for next season. On to Kiev first though troops. ALLEZ!!
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