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Player Ratings: Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal (5-4 Arsenal on penalties)

In what was a tense affair, the scoreline will tell you that little seperated the two teams. In reality, Liverpool dominated, despite never really leaving 2nd gear.


Arsenal had clearly come for one of two things: a smash and grab, or penalties. Well, they got what they wanted and saw them run out 5-4 winners in the shootout. Let's be honest, they weren't going to win it any other way.


Liverpool largely controlled the game, despite what the weirdly biased commentary on Sky Sports would have you believe. It took us a while to get going but from the final 5 minutes of the first, throughout the second we created around 20 chances.


Both Grujic and Jota could've easily had a couple, and were it not for Leno it would've been a comfortable victory. As it was, it was a long, laboured night.


Check out the player ratings below:

Adrian - Had one or two saves to make, with one in particular from Holding probably stopping an almost certain goal. Distribution was a bit poor at times but so was his counterparts in the opposite goal but saved a penalty that should've made the difference. 8

Neco William - Whether he's been working on his defensive game recently, or his concentration was just at a high level, Neco was incredibly solid at the back. Regularly intercepting and tracking back to cut out balls and crosses. 7

Virgil Van Dijk - Was not doubt slightly surprised by how quiet a night he had. Came off at the hour mark after keeping Arsenal very quiet. 7


Rhys Williams - Generally solid, the youngster. Looked to be growing in stature as the game wore on alongside Van Dijk. Had a few shaky moments once Gomez came on. 7


James Milner - An all-round solid display from the veteran, who guided a number of his younger team-mates through the early stages of the game. His delivery was a bit lacking at times though. 7


Marko Grujic - After a really good display, and goal, against Lincoln in the last round, the 24 year old. Had a chance of a hat-trick, remarkably, all efforts he created himself. Unlucky not to get at least one. 7


Curtis Jones - Always present and willing, had a couple of long-range efforts but wasn't up to his recent standards. Looked to be trying to make stand out moments, as opposed to putting in a good all-round performance. 6


Harry Wilson - Probably got a start out of necessity, with a few injuries and players now likely to be moving on before the deadline but while his quality is obvious, it's clear the application and toughness Klopp desires isn't there. Missed pen summed up his night. 6


Diogo Jota - Great night, all round. Worked his socks off and had at least two good chances to grab a goal. 7


Mo Salah - As the star man among our front three, you'd have though Mo would be well up for it but he was surprisingly disinterested and subdued. Disappointing night really. 6


Takumi Minamino - Like Jota, he had a couple of good chances, but probably really should've put us ahead just on half time from about 2 feet out. 8 Man of the Match

Subs:


Joe Gomez - Unfortunate for Joe that he replaced Virgil. He may be his regular partner but I felt it was a bit unfair expecting him to be the senior CB when the game was at the hour mark. Particularly after his recent struggles. Arsenal did grow in confidence too. 6


Divock Origi - Pretty poor. Nothing else really to say. Outran by Holding on one occasion and never really looked a threat. Missed his penalty. Not at all surprised. 5


Gini Wijnaldum - Only had 5 minutes and will hopefully get more time in mid-week. NA



 

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