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  • David Tyrer

FA Cup Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-0 Everton

After the match on Thursday we literally wrote the words: 'What a performance that was!'. Today, that goes double.

The young Reds, with a smattering of experienced players, put in a display comparable to anything the senior team have this season.

From Neco Williams to Pedro Chirivella, Curtis Jones to Harvey Elliott, every one of the young lads was phenomenal against a very expensively assembled Everton team.

But massive credit is due to Joe Gomez, Adrian, Adam Lallana and Divock Origi who were all happy to play second fiddle to the youngsters and let them all have their moment in the sun.

So on to the fourth round it is then, and what better a way to do it is there, than at the expense of our neighbours.

Whoever Liverpool face in the next round, at this stage, is entirely irrelevant. All that matters is that we move on to the next game. Away at Spurs in a week.

Adrian - His first half was very busy, with three saves before the half hour mark that effectively kept Liverpool alive. But he was largely untroubled thereafter and was brilliant at communicating with his young back line. 8

Neco Williams - Joe Gomez as back up for Trent? No thank you! Joe is a far better centre back and we've just discovered that Neco isn't just a top defensive full back but he can't half cross it too. He was full of running, work-rate and can put in a tackle too. His delivery was brilliant down the right. 8

Nat Phillips - Shaky early in the first half but soon settled once Larouci came on and looked comfortable thereafter. He's a tall lad, deceptively fast too, and won his fair share of headers when Everton were lumping the ball. 7

Joe Gomez - Was the only senior players in the defence once Milner left off. At 22 it's terrifying to think that that was the case but he marshalled his young team mates well and we never looked ruffled after the half hour mark. 7

James Milner - Captained us today but came off after just . NA

Pedro Chirivella - He's 22 years of age, which is a shame, because by all accounts he's very highly rated by Jurgen Klopp but at his age he's unlikely to ever break into the Liverpool first team. His display today demonstrated a calmness in possession that puts you in mind of Gini Wijnaldum. Controlled the midfield today and screened the centre backs well. 7

Adam Lallana - Would have been MOTM had Curtis Jones not scored a world class winner but there can be no doubt at all that Lallana was our most influential player. He dominated the midfield, managed to be everywhere and was always available as an outlet to his younger team-mates. Top clas display. 8

Curtis Jones - Prior to his goal he was vying with a few other players for our MOTM but the goal just sealed it, as it sealed a magnificent win and a performance to match. Just 18 years of age and he's scoring in the FA Cup and on the cusp of seriously breaking into the first-team squad. 9 Man of the Match

Divock Origi - Worked hard on the left, particularly throughout the first half when chances were few and far between for Liverpool. Managed to fashion a few good chances for himself and allowed the youngsters to take centre stage, offering them plenty of support. 7

Harvey Elliott - What a wonder this young kid is. He pestered Lucas Digne all afternoon, before the left back was booked for fouling him. The young lad just needs a first team goal now to properly establish himself. 7

Takumi Minamino - The debutant from Austrian side Salzburg was solid and impressive in moments throughout his debut. Tireless and not afraid of a tackle, he was a real threat. Not quite suited to the number 9 role, at least not without the first team around him but there's definitely a real player in there. 7


Yasser Larouci - Milner went off to collective groans around Anfield and amongst Liverpool fans around the world but the young Algerian was hugely impressive. Never under pressure in defence, he instead put a lot off pressure on Sidibe down the left. Brilliant display. 8

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Did well enough from the bench. Was seen screaming at Jones for a pass as the 18 year old hit the winner. 7

Rhian Brewster - Not on long enough to have an impact. NA

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