Ovie Ejaria was on target for Rangers on Sunday as Steven Gerrard's side suffered last-minute frustration in a 3-3 draw with Motherwell.
The Liverpool legend’s team recovered from two deficits to take a lead into half-time – with the on-loan Ejaria providing the third goal.
The midfielder’s strike followed up a midweek performance in the Europa League tie against Ufa that earned glowing praise from Gerrard.
“I thought he was magnificent and I think that is his strongest 90 minutes that he has given us so far,” the Rangers boss said of Ejaria on Thursday.
“I think we have seen a lot of flashes and a lot of halves, some good performances, but I think that’s his first real excellent performance that he’s announced against a good team. I thought he was excellent from start to finish.”
It wasn’t to be for Ejaria and Gerrard on Sunday, however, as Motherwell levelled in the 90th minute at Fir Park to rescue a point. Ryan Kent was an unused substitute.
Elsewhere in Scotland at the weekend, goalkeeper Adam Bogdan played the full game as Hibernian were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Aberdeen.
Ben Woodburn was sent on for the final four minutes as Sheffield United claimed a 3-0 win at Bolton Wanderers in the Championship.
In Germany, Marko Grujic was a late substitute for Hertha BSC, entering the action with two minutes remaining of their 1-0 Bundesliga win over Nurnberg.
Taiwo Awoniyi came off the bench, too, midway through the second half in Gent’s 2-1 comeback victory against Lokeren in the Belgian top flight.
Herbie Kane was involved for the entirety of Doncaster Rovers’ goalless stalemate with Portsmouth while Shamal George was an unused substitute as Tranmere Rovers beat Port Vale 1-0.
A touching farewell, a new elder statesman, a captain's message, a mystery and more feature in our latest weekly round-up of LFC quotes…
“A big thank you goes out to all of the Liverpool fans for the support until now. You indeed never let me walk alone.”
Loris Karius posted this message to Reds after completing a two-year loan move to Besiktas
“A lot of people speak now about our improved defensive things and as good as Alisson was in the last three games, in most of the games when we were already really good in that he was not here. It was Loris in goal and he did a lot of good things. When I saw the Besiktas team, it’s quite an experienced team they have there. They have a good chance to win the league in Turkey, that’s cool. Now they have a really good goalkeeper. I’m really happy for him and he was very happy about the opportunity as well.”
Jürgen Klopp gave this take on the decision to let the goalkeeper depart
“The fans deserve to know the truth - Firmino copies me, not me copying him!”
Sadio Mane tried to clarify suggestions he copies the celebrations of his teammates
“Quality costs a specific price, it’s with cars like that, with a lot of things like that and with players as well, that’s why we paid [the fee]. Nobody thinks about it anymore and that’s good because he’s a player in this market, in the moment, he’s at least worth it.”
The boss on Virgil van Dijk after his commanding display against Crystal Palace
“I think he’s the best centre-back in the Premier League. If Liverpool could win a league or a Champions League, I think Virgil van Dijk has got the potential to actually go down alongside Alan Hansen if you’re talking about Liverpool’s best ever teams. I think that’s how good he is and how good he’ll become. They’d have to be successful of course, but that’s how big a difference that player has made.”
Huge praise for the No.4 from Jamie Carragher
“We didn’t ‘send a statement’ at Crystal Palace – we did our jobs.”
Jordan Henderson ensured nobody got carried away by Liverpool’s excellent start
“I’m going to have to take the old jokes – I’m used to deflecting the flak onto him but now I’m on my own!”
James Milner rued the departure of Ragnar Klavan, which made the No.7 the oldest player in the current first-team squad
“He said that I have to be more involved in games [this season], and that there was too many times that I was not involved and that it was easier to play a bad game [because of that].”
Georginio Wijnaldum revealed details of his talks with the manager ahead of the new season
“He’s a real presence at the back, you can see him coming out for corners and crosses and you’ve seen his wee chip got applause from the crowd, but I’m not sure if the gaffer wants to see that too many times!”
Andy Robertson on another impressive showing by Alisson Becker against Brighton and Hove Albion
“There are players who can play until 36, 37, even 38. Because of his physical abilities, I’m pretty sure he’s one of them.”
Klopp tipped Milner for many more seasons at the top level
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