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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich

There's no doubt that we could've come out of that match with a better result, particularly given how cautiously Bayern played. But a 0-0 is nothing to grumble about.


Sure, Bayern will now be favourites to progress but they as much as anybody will be all too aware of what sort of damage we can do to any team and playing a team that has to come on to us and score will play right into our hands. They know that too.


Also, let's not forget that this was Bayern Munich: one of Europe's true heavyweights. They didn't become Augsburg suddenly overnight. They had a few absentees last night, but they also had at least 3-4 world class players on the pitch, ably supported by many other players.


They're a fading force, but they are very much a force still.


Having said that, more than a few of our players didn't do themselves justice last night. On to the player ratings.


Alisson - Can you imagine telling us at 6pm last night that Alisson would face one of Europe's strongest teams, with Van Dijk missing and he'd only have one save to make (and that from his own player)? 7


Trent Alexander-Arnold - Tough night for the young full back who struggled, not at the back, but going forward all night. It wasn't that he didn't have many opportunities but his crossing was awful, and set-pieces even worse. It got to a point where we'd have been happy to see Milner back at right back! But he's only just back, so he should be cut some slack. 5


Joel Matip - It would be great to think we're seeing the Matip we thought we had in his first season, after he and Fabinho paired surprisingly comfortably in the back line. A bit more luck at the other end and we'd have been talking their defensive display, but it'll be Matip shanking a chance from the edge of the box that'll stick in the memory. 7


Fabinho - Once again, the midfielder showed he can ably full-on for any of our centre backs and look amazing, his telescopic legs made sure Bayern barely got a sniff and we're almost positive that Bayern legend, Lewandowski, is still hiding in his pocket. 7


Andrew Robertson - Was given all the encouragement to bomb on that TAA was but was similarly poor crossing the ball. 6


Jordan Henderson - If you'd said that we'd be giving the captain MOTM in a Champions League knockout against Bayern Munich we wouldn't have believe you. But the captain was brilliant, after a few early wobbles. If he can keep up that form on Sunday, with VVD back in and Fabinho alongside him in midfield we should be just fine. 8 Man of the Match


Gini Wijnaldum - Gini seemed to be a little subdued but still got the job done in the midfield. Comfortable, tidy in possession and always looking to support both ends of the team, he worked hard and ensured the Germans struggled to create chances. 7


Naby Keita - He didn't score but he looked one of the most likely to make it happen, and constantly pushed through the Bayern left and centre. Showed some lovely footwork and probably played himself into a start on Sunday. If he did, who gets left out against Manchester United? We ll see. 7


Sadio Mane - Not for the first time this season, Mane was our most threatening attacking threat. It almost appears that opposition sides are more concerned with Mo and Bobby and leave Sadio unattended. Whatever their reasons, he gave Bayern hell down the left, resulting in Kimmich receiving the yellow that ensures he misses the 2nd leg in Munich. 7


Mo Salah - Looked a bit greedy at times, slow releasing the ball to team mates and Bayern doubled (and sometimes tripled) up on him to good effect. Hopefully he'll be afforded much more space at the Allianz Arena in a few week's time. 6


Roberto Firmino - Almost a microcosm of the Brazilian's whole season, as he blew hot and cold throughout the match. Clearly still suffering from the virus that almost ruled him out. Hopefully he's fully recovered by Sunday. 6


Substitutions:

James Milner - Gave the midfield more solidity late on and helped ensure the Bayern threat all but evaporated for the last 20 minutes but wasn't able to impact the team going forward. 6


Divock Origi - Barely noticed he was on during the 20 odd minutes he was on the pitch, which shows the alarming paucity of attacking options available to the squad outside the front 3 and Xherdan Shaqiri. 5




 
 

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