Player Ratings: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool
Another game, another couple of VAR controversies that, in the end, cost LFC the three points. Much like in the Everton game, Liverpool can feel very hard done by.
That said, it was a below par performance again, as in mid-week, with Jurgen Klopp making some understandable changes due to the fixture scheduling.
It's a fair argument that he made some totally unnecessary ones though and had the likes of Henderson, Matip and Mane started, things might have turned out differently.
In the end though a point was probably what Brighton deserved and the Reds will really need to up their game in the week to ensure Champions League qualification from the group is sealed.
Alisson - Didn't need to get near the first penalty, had no real saves to make and didn't get near the second penalty. 6
Neco Williams - Had a bit of a 'mare at times in the first half, before giving away a penalty. Thankfully, it was missed but he picked up after that and was unlucky to be replaced. 6
Nat Phillips - Many will disagree but he was far and away our best player. Got to everything in the air, made some crucial tackles and interceptions. Went down in the second but thankfully got back up and kept up his good display. 8 Man of the Match
Fabinho - Like his centre back counterpart, he did some good work but did struggle for pace up against Connelly. Will have been glad to see him go off but it wasn't to be in the end. 7
Andy Robertson - It was a bit of a strange game for Robbo. It made sense after the game that Klopp said he'd have substituted him if he'd have been able to. He did start to look leggy late on. But it was a tough game, with so many changes and it showed. Solid delivery and mostly kept it tight at the back, barring one incident in the first half. Oh, and then he gave away a daft, soft penalty so he can feel hard done by about that. 6
Gini Wijnaldum - Gini just keeps on going. He's like our own energiser bunny, you just can't stop him but he did start to look tired late on today. Thankfully, he's not known for his injury record and so it isn't as big a risk as many of our other players in playing him so often. He struggled to gain control of the midfield after the first 15 minutes, with James Milner's legs struggling to keep up after 3 games in a week. 7
James Milner - Wasn't bad, but he really shouldn't be starting Premier League games in midfield. I'm not blaming the 34 year old but if Henderson had started it would've ended much differently, I think. He struggled to keep up with the frantic pace in the first half and looked more comfortable at right back. That said, he still has bags of quality to offer. 6
Takumi Minamino - It may go down as a bad day at the office but I genuinely felt for Minamino. His positional play in the opposition half was great but he just wasn't used often enough by his team mates. When he was further up the field he looked like he could make something happen but he just never gets a solid run of games to get into any sort of form. 6
Diogo Jota - He grabbed a goal, hence the slightly improved rating than what I originally had him on but he had a bit of a greedy day today and also gave it away a fair few times in the first half. Kept up his goal-scoring run though, bagging his 9th of the season. 6
Mo Salah - Came off just past the hour for Mane and was visibly furious. Ignored Mane and shot daggers at Klopp but, in fairness, as much as he'd presented a bit of a threat, it's almost as if he's forgotten he only came back from Coronavirus last week and with all of our injuries, we don't need to lose Mo at this crucial stage of the season. 7
Roberto Firmino - Not bad. Not bad. But also nothing special. Struggled to really make his work at the top end count and was often crowded out by Brighton's packed defence and midfield. 6
Jordan Henderson - Gave us a bit of a boost when he came on, looked to have finally given us direction, but then the injury to James Milner set us back and Mane's second disallowed goal seemed to take the stuffing out of us. Henderson guided us through the tricky final stages though. 7
Sadio Mane - Had a headed goal disallowed and got himself involved but wasn't able to positively impact the game the way we needed him to. 6
Curtis Jones - Feels unfair to rate him at all, considering he came on at right back. NA