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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

What a difference a top goalkeeper makes to a poor team. Make no mistake, Burnley are a poor team. Their uber-defensive tactics are often hailed as a 'masterclass'.


But in all honesty, they just pack 9 men behind the ball, expect the lone front man to do a team's quote of sprinting and running and hope for set pieces.


These are ancient tactics that managers like Sean Dyche use to nullify teams like LFC but today they were literally saved a pasting by their keeper.


Nick Pope ensured it wasn't 5-6 goals for the home side by half time. If not for him, it would've been game over by that point.


Unfortunately, Liverpool's finishing was often atrocious, meaning a really good display was marred by it and, eventually, saw us drop points at home in the league for the first time this season.


Liverpool struggled to find their previous fluency and guile after Burnley's equaliser and the game fizzled out to a 1-1 draw, with Mo Salah missing a couple of clear-cut chances in added time to add to the frustration.

Alisson - Nothing to do, apart from pull the ball from his net - for a goal he could do nothing about - and a good save early in the second half. 7

Neco Williams - A much improved display from Williams, playing on his preferred side, as he marauded forward at will and was posed few problems at the back. A nailed on back-up for Trent from here-on in. 7

Virgil Van Dijk - Comfortable, in all honesty, despite the scoreline. Rodriguez goal took everybody by surprise, such was the nature of it, so no blame can be aportioned. 7


Joe Gomez - Looked easy for him throughout, rarely troubled until late on, when Burnley's strong-arm tactics and gamesmanship seemed to have him a little rattled. 7


Andy Robertson - Was a top display from Andy, who managed to be all over the pitch in the first hour. Particularly for his goal, which was a wonderfully guided header from the right hand side in the first half. 7


Fabinho - If Andy scored the goal, it was Fab who made it, with that lofted, pass to his head. The man is just oozing form and his class is really showing through; deserved to be on the winning team. 8 Man of the Match


Gini Wijnaldum - Went about his job well, and got into some good positions in and around the Burnley box. 7


Curtis Jones - A great senior start for the youngster, who settled in straight away and was unlucky not to get another goal or two. In all honesty, better finishing, and he'd have had a hat-trick. You can tell just from watching him he's going to be an all-action superstar. 7


Sadio Mane - Cut a really frustrated figure, as he was constantly overlooked for key passes by his team mates. Resorted to a couple of shots from range in the second half. Has looked very unhappy with Mo Salah, of late. 7


Mo Salah - Speaking of whom, Mo has had better days. He played well enough, in truth, but he was trying too hard. He knows he's playing for the golden boot right now but he won't get near it with snatched shots and over-hit placements. I would've pulled him. 6


Roberto Firmino - Bobby has looked close to his usual self in the last two games. Just couldn't find the finish today though for his first Anfield goal in the league this season. 7

Subs:


Trent Alexander-Arnold - Didn't really find his rhythm once he came on. Probably should've left Neco on instead. 6


Naby Keita - Likewise, after Naby came on, he played at a much slower pace than you would've expected and didn't quite find the form he was in in recent matches. 6


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - It was a theme for our subs today, as Ox completed a hat-trick of poor performing substitutes, after he continued his form of over-hit passes and poor control. It'll be a big season for him next season. If he can actually stay fit. 6



 

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