Liverpool Player Ratings: LIV 1-1 LEI
On a disappointing night for the team, it would be too easy to point the finger and single the worst of the displays out but it's hard to be too critical considering the context of the result in the grand scheme of the whole season so far.
With that in mind, here are our player ratings. We've tried to be as fair as possible!
Alisson - Took a while to warm up and put the Reds in a few difficult situations early on. Hard to remember that he's only been here 6 months and it's probably the first time he's played on a snow covered pitch. Some great saves in the 2nd half redeemed his early fluff. 7
Jordan Henderson - Did okay in a position - to our knowledge - he's never played in for LFC before. Looked nervy early on and wasn't helped by Alisson's early lazy balls to his defence. Got forward comfortably and wasn't caught out all that often. Not bad. 6
Joel Matip - The best of the home team's defence, which wasn't really saying a lot. Look classy coming out of defence and always looks more comfortable alongside Van Dijk. Unfortunately, his partner was having an uncharacteristically poor one. 6.5
Virgil Van Dijk - Maybe he was still ill, maybe it was the pitch and the repeatedly makeshift defence he's having to play in but Leicester caused the usually unflappable Dutchman more problems than we've seen him have since he signed for Liverpool. Vardy stuck with Matip most of the night, thankfully but Van Dijk looked flustered and nervy and was missing in both penalty boxes from set-pieces throughout. 5
Andrew Robertson - Gave away the free-kick that led to the first goal. Disappointing lapse from Mr. Reliable but he's been one of our best players this season so he was probably due a little brain-fart. As long as that's the last one til May, that's okay with us! 6
Gini Wijnaldum - Apart from Sadio Mane, Gini was probably our best outfield player. He was everywhere and almost seemed to be acting as captain in the absence of Henderson centrally and Van Dijk's off-night. Popped the ball about and was seen shouting at team-mates constantly, particularly in the first 45. Good to have him back. We'll need him from now on. 7
Naby Keita - Still yet to really get going and looked disappointed to be hooked after 60-odd minutes but he really had no reason to complain. 6
Xherdan Shaqiri - A really disappointing night for the winger, but he's increasingly looking like a superb option from the bench but not a regular starter. He'd earned his chance at a succession of starts but has failed to really hit the heights he often does from the bench. Expect to see him get rotated to the bench vs West Ham on Monday evening. 5
Sadio Mane - Miles ahead as our best player, even without the goal. He was everywhere, and the only attacking player trying to make things happen. Caused Leicester problems but just wasn't assisted by Bobby or Mo. 8 Man of the Match
Roberto Firmino - Disappointed in Bobby. He looked to wilt in the cold weather, and one point in the first half in particular stands out as he backed out of a 50-50. It set the tone for his night and he was pulled for Daniel Sturridge with 10 minutes remaining. 5
Mo Salah - Not the usual Mo we've become accustomed to but if you watch several passages of the 2nd half in particular, you'll notice he was regularly shackled by 2 or 3 Leicester players. This will happen weekly for the next 4 months. It's up to his team-mates and, more so, his manager to find a way to work around that marking. 6