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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool

At last! We've seen something from Liverpool tonight that suggests we can really grind through those gears again.


It's been a good while before we saw a performance like tonight but it was gratefully received by fans, and was a big shot in the arm for the team ahead of Sunday.


Diogo Jota bagging his first hat-trick in a Red shirt, a goal apiece for Mane and Salah and a rest for some key men. All in all, a truly boss night.


Atalanta weren't 'poor' either, they were just nullified and almost shell-shocked by the pace of our attack. They have a reputation themselves for scoring a hatful but a few decent shots aside, they barely came close.


The clean sheet was the icing on the cake in the end. Another real boost before Man City, and then off into the international break. Hopefully we're still top of the league and top of our Champions League group as well.

Alisson - He had a few saves to make, making one or two harder saves look easier but was otherwise untroubled. 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold - More like it from Trent tonight, who's game was on fire. Didn't get in on the act with any assists but looked dangerous and up for it all night. Rarely troubled at the back too. 8

Joe Gomez - The most assured night we've seen from Joe in months and it was great to see. Marshalled things well and mostly dealt with the threat of Zapata quite comfortably. 8


Rhys Williams - Another brilliant night for the youngster, who didn't look out of place on the European stage. Strong in the air, quick and a solid passer, he looks to have a bright future. 8


Andy Robertson - Easy night all round. Wasn't his lung-busting usual self and got himself a rest in the latter stages. 7


Gini Wijnaldum - Like Henderson his job was to keep things ticking over, do the dirty work and to let the creative players flourish. He did that as well as Gini always does to be honest. 7


Jordan Henderson - Put in a proper shift tonight. It was one of those nights where the captain took a backseat and allowed the lads that score the goals to... well, score the goals. Came off on the hour. He'll be crucial for us on Sunday afternoon. 7


Curtis Jones - In contrast to his display at the weekend, he looked tidy tonight. Kept it simple, did the easy things well and didn't try anything too dramatic. Good night. Can be pleased with himself. Set up Salah for his goal as well. 7


Sadio Mane - A rare poor day for Sadio. He looked to be playing within himself, kept coming inside and trying to wriggle through a few defenders. 8


Mo Salah - Salah was having another greedy day today. He won - and scored - the penalty, so it's hard to really criticise too much but he had several chances to create something more but was all too intent on finding his own chances. 9


Diogo Jota - A bloody hat-trick. In the Champions League. Taking him up to seven for the season. In ten games. Could Michael Edwards have really unearthed another rough diamond that is already being polished into the finished article? Jota was unplayable tonight. Had he not - somewhat worryingly - limped off after 65 minutes, he could've got a couple more. 10 Man of the Match

Subs:


Roberto Firmino - Looked good after he came on. Had a couple of chances. Should probably have scored one. 7


James Milner - Not really sure what he was brought on for. A few decent crosses aside, didn't have a lot to do. 7


Naby Keita - A nice run out, good to see him but looked so rusty. A couple of nice little runs aside it was all about fitness. 6


Neco Williams - Got ten minutes late on for Trent. NA


Kostas Tsimikas - Great to see the new boy getting himself a runout. Nice to see him back from his injury. NA



 

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