Liverpool player ratings - Mane scores a 9 and Salah gets an 8 from the bench

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Sadio Mane opened the scoring to help Liverpool to 3-0 win away to Stoke City in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Mohamed Salah didn’t start the game but came on in the second half to score twice and cap a good away performance for the Reds.

Here, we rate the Liverpool players.

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SIMON MIGNOLET: Hardly convincing again. Could’ve easily seen red when he took out Mame Biram Diouf on the edge of the box. Fortunately, he wasn’t tested enough. 6

JOE GOMEZ: Did well to get forward and created the chance for the first goal. Largely dealt with Choupo-Moting. 6

JOEL MATIP: Should’ve done better to deal with Mame Biram Diouf but let him through instead and Mignolet could’ve gotten sent off for intervening. Was Liverpool’s best defender though, making five interceptions and eight clearances, winning eight aerial duels as well. 7

DEJAN LOVREN: Partnered Matip excellently in defence. He made eight clearances as well and hardly put a foot wrong. 6

ALBERTO MORENO: Got up the pitch often enough but when given the opportunity to produce, his delivery was disappointing. Was solid enough at the back. 6

GIORGINIO WIJNALDUM: Was good on the ball and released Mane into space behind the defence on a couple of occasions. 7

ALEX-OXLADE CHAMBERLAIN: Was involved in the first goal and covered plenty of ground. Industrious display from the former Arsenal man. 6

EMRE CAN: Tried to link up with the forwards and did well to control the midfield along with Chamberlain and Wijnaldum. 6

DOMINIC SOLANKE: Looked threatening and should’ve scored but his finish was tame when Firmino teed him up. Got the assist for the opener. 7

ROBERTO FIRMINO: Was involved in a few good attacks for the visitors and linked up well with the likes of Mane and Solanke. Never looked like scoring though. 6

SADIO MANE: He was always dangerous running in behind a sluggish Potters defence, took his goal well and should’ve had another when he went clean through and hit the post. Set up Salah for the second and made it easy for the Egyptian when he was introduced. 9

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MOHAMED SALAH: (for Chamberlain 67′): A phenomenal display from the bench. Took both goals superbly and looked like scoring more. 8

JAMES MILNER (for Solanke 67′): Shored up the midfield. 6

JORDAN HENDERSON (for Mane 89′): Didn’t have much time to make an impact. N/A

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Everton closing in on Sam Allardyce as new manager

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Everton have finally completed their search for a new manager with the appointment of Sam Allardyce, according to reports.

The Daily Mail reported Allardyce has signed an 18-month deal and quoted owner Farhad Moshiri saying: “We need a strong leader, he gives us that.”

Everton said in a statement: “Sam Allardyce will be at USM Finch Farm this afternoon to finalise terms on becoming the new manager of Everton football Club.

“David Unsworth will remain in charge of the Blues for tonight’s Premier League match against West Ham United at Goodison Park.”

The former England boss ruled himself out of the running earlier this month, claiming he did not feel the Toffees were convinced he was the right man.

But, after Everton’s pursuit of Watford boss Marco Silva was met with a firm rebuttal from Vicarage Road, the club returned to Allardyce.

This will be the 10th English club managerial position of the 63-year-old’s career, with Allardyce most recently having guided Crystal Palace to safety last season.

When he left Selhurst Park in May, Allardyce said he had “no ambitions” to take another managerial job.

But the chance to turn around Everton’s faltering ship has lured him back, and Allardyce is expected to have a watching brief at Goodison Park on Wednesday night for the club’s crucial Premier League clash with West Ham.

Everton are currently sitting 17th in the table, two points ahead of the Hammers.

David Unsworth has been in temporary charge since Ronald Koeman was sacked on October 23 and the under-23s boss had made clear his desire to take on the job permanently.

But his seven-game tenure has been little short of disastrous, with Everton losing five games and winning just one.

That victory, when the Toffees came from two down late on to secure a 3-2 victory over Watford, looked like it might be a turning point.

But they have lost their last two matches 5-1 to Atalanta and 4-1 against Southampton, taking the tally of goals Everton have conceded this season in all competitions to 46.

The club’s prospects had appeared so different at the beginning of the season with Everton having invested heavily following last season’s impressive seventh-place finish.

After years of being unable to come close to matching the financial clout of the Premier League’s big guns, Everton finally had significant backing thanks to Moshiri.

But, after taking four points from their first two games, Everton managed the same tally from their next seven fixtures and Koeman was sacked.

Everton’s chief problem is clear to see. They have conceded more than twice as many goals as they have scored.

The Toffees hierarchy will feel they have gone for a safe pair of hands, with Allardyce having taken over both Palace and Sunderland in graver situations and led them to safety.

His achievements at the Stadium of Light – which look all the more impressive given what has happened since – earned him his dream job with England.

But that turned sour after only one match, with Allardyce stepping down in September 2016 following a newspaper sting.

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Resolve Evans' future and other things Pardew needs to do at West Brom

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Alan Pardew has been named as West Brom‘s new manager.

He inherits a side two points above the relegation zone and Press Association Sport has taken a look at what Pardew needs to do at The Hawthorns.

WIN OVER THE DOUBTERS

On the face of it swapping Tony Pulis for Alan Pardew is not a dynamic step forward.

Albion are in the same circumstances to January 2015 go when they hired Pulis, sitting one point above the relegation zone.

Pardew, Sam Allardyce and David Moyes are the old heads on the managerial merry-go-round and the pressure of the Premier League, and possibly losing the top flight money, means owners turn to them.

Pardew will have his early critics and he must win them round – something Pulis never did.

Will have his task cut out: Alan Pardew

Will have his task cut out: Alan Pardew

ADD SOME STYLE

Pardew needs to bring some flair to a West Brom team which has been desperately lacking invention.

Pulis’ reign was a marriage of convenience when he came in to save them from a relegation battle but fans soon tired as they looked for progression.

Albion pay good money – shelling out £100,000-a-week for PSG loanee Grzegorz Krychowiak – so they need some style to add to what substance they have.

Placed 16th in the Premier League table: West Brom

Placed 16th in the Premier League table: West Brom

MANAGE EXPECTATIONS

Baggies fans can quite rightly ask for more than a relegation battle with the club now in a eighth straight Premier League season.

They want to see the club challenge in at least the top 10 and even have a decent cup run once in a while.

They can resist bids for their best players but while they fail to sell out The Hawthorns and as other clubs outstrip them financially there is a glass ceiling.

Will be hoping for better things in the near future: West Brom fans

Will be hoping for better things in the near future: West Brom fans

RESOLVE JONNY EVANS’ FUTURE

The captain is in line for a new deal after Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester all failed with moves during the transfer window.

Evans, contracted until 2019, is crucial to Albion having been given the captaincy after Darren Fletcher left for Stoke on a free transfer.

West Brom can ill afford to lose someone so vital on and off the pitch.

Playing as captain: Jonny Evans

Playing as captain: Jonny Evans

SORT THE BACKROOM STAFF OUT

Caretaker Gary Megson confirmed last week he banished fellow assistant head coach Ben Garner from the training ground to ‘lift the mood’.

Garner has not been sacked and the decision on whether he stays at the club will lie with the new manager – and Garner briefly worked with Pardew at Crystal Palace.

Garner left Palace in July 2015 after seven months with Pardew so there is a call to be made.

Hasn't been sacked yet: Gary Megson

Hasn’t been sacked yet: Gary Megson

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