• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Leicester City 0-4 Liverpool

What a fucking night. You can't write nights like this and nobody could have seen it coming, as Liverpool picked Leicester apart in the early stages before blowing them away.


It was a night for the full-backs, as Trent and Robbo marauded forward at will, penning the home side in. But it was Trent that ultimately made the difference.


Liverpool could've been 2 or 3 up in the first 6 minutes, primarily because of his delivery but only went in at half-time a goal ahead.


By the time the final whistle blew though, he'd scored and set up two, whilst providing the assist for the corner that led to a penalty.


Liverpool now move 13 points clear of Leicester, with a game in hand. We also sit 14 points clear of Man City, who play Wolves tomorrow away from home.


It's possible that the Reds could be even further ahead by the time we even hit 2020. At least, we could be on 58 points by the time it turns January 1st. That is something that has never happened in English football. Mentalists.


Alisson - Didn't have an actual 'save' to make. Just held onto the ball a few times, really. 7


Trent Alexander-Arnold - A generational talent putting in a generational performance, as Trent providing 2 (3 in all seriousness) assists and a goal to cap of the best display of his Liverpool career. 10 Man of the Match


Joe Gomez - Started a little nervy but grew into the match. Got a yellow card after Vardy used him to dive over but was generally solid and looked comfortable. 8


Virgil Van Dijk - Dominant, unflustered and defending easily against one of the best attacks in the Premier League. Another clean sheet to his long list now as well, at one of the toughest places to get points this season. 8


Andy Robertson - Easiest night of his season, as he wasn't troubled in the least by Harvey Barnes who was later taken off. Another night he'd have got a few assists himself. 8


Jordan Henderson - The captain has been going from good to great to immense in the last few weeks and tonight capped all of that off. He should never be compared to Steven Gerrard but tonight he epitomised the former captain in more ways than one. Great cross-field passes, great leadership and lead from the front. Hopefully the injury isn't too bad. 9


Gini Wijnaldum - Gini did what Gini does and he looked like he hadn't missed 3 games with injury. Barely lost possession and kept things ticking over, whilst Keita and Henderson caught the eye. Crucial, as always, to our best matches. 8


Naby Keita - All that the midfielder was missing was a goal or assist. His performance deserved both. Looks fit, firing and totally re-energised after his recent run of goal-scoring form. It's exactly what he needed and it genuinely is like having a new signing. 8


Sadio Mane - So damned profligate in the early stages, when he could've got at least a goal. Still, he managed to cause Leicester all kinds of problems, primarily from coming inside so often. Kept running, pressing and trying for another opening, until the final whistle. 8


Mo Salah - Feels harsh to not give Salah another 8 but he wasn't at his best tonight. Chances came his way and he just couldn't set himself right or get his first touch correct. Came off in the second half for Origi and didn't look happy but it was just about fitness, not display. 7


Roberto Firmino - There's the Firmino we've been missing this season. A couple of goals capped off a superb performance of running, pressing, tackling and ingenuity. He'd have been MOTM had Trent not put in a masterclass from right-back. 9


Subs:


Divock Origi - On for Mo in the second half, made a few decent runs down the left but couldn't make a telling impact. 6


James Milner - His first touch was to score a penalty and put us 2-nil up, effectively ending the match. What followed was an absolute demolition of our nearest title challengers. 7


Adam Lallana - On for the injured Henderson. Acquitted himself well enough. NA



 
 

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