• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-1 Man City (4-5 pens)

So the Community Shield is off the list and the lads now have just 6 major trophies to play for, with Man City narrowly edging us out in a penalty shoot out.


Liverpool weren't good in the first half, looking disjointed and unsure of themselves. It was very much the pre-season performance.


That said, Man City weren't their usual rampant selves and looked almost timid in the face of a very physically strong and energetic Liverpool team.


The second half was like day and night, with Liverpool utterly dominating and penning the Premier League holders into their own half for most of the match.


You'll see very, very few sides this season doing to Man City what Liverpool did and the only negative was that we just didn't make them pay in normal time.


On to the ratings.


Alisson - Let's be honest now, against Lyon he still looked a bit like he was on the beach. Against Man City, he wasn't as alert but could hardly be blamed for Sterling's goal. Wasn't tested much. 6


Trent Alexander-Arnold - Hard to believe the lad isn't yet 21. He's played less than 90 games for the Reds but has achieved more than most have in their entire careers. But he will have days were it doesn't all come together still. Today was one of those days. Will have been glad to see the troublesome Sane exit the field and coped better thereafter. 6


Virgil Van Dijk - Was untroubled for the main, but looked at odds with Gomez in the first half an hour. Once Sane went off the defence settled and Van Dijk settled into the game too. Great little cross to set up Matip's equaliser. 7


Joe Gomez - Strangely preferred ahead of Matip and was immediately caught out by Sterling. Didn't do a great job in the first half but was more comfortable in the 2nd once Matip replaced him at centre back. He dropped in well to mop up behind Van Dijk and Matip several times in the 2nd half. 6


Andy Robertson - Was his usual unflappable self but, like Alexander-Arnold, didn't get forward as much as usual. 7


Fabinho - It'll be a big season for the Brazilian and he started it brilliantly. While we looked all at sea for a lot of the first half, Fabinho was there calming his team mates and ensuring nobody lost their heads. Mopped up well too. 8


Jordan Henderson - Has a tendency to look a bit like a headless chicken at times and that was pretty much his first half. Once his role changed in the 2nd half though, he looked more comfortable and really settled. 7


Georginio Wijnaldum - Wasn't Gini's greatest day, you have to admit. Then came the penalty miss. It can happen to anybody but he didn't look too sure of himself. The lad is class though, on and off the field, so we'll take it for what it was, a minor blip on his record. 6


Divock Origi - Big Div, the hero of Anfield and Madrid. Got his start in the Wembley showpiece but was completely ineffective. He kept coming up against Kyle Walker for pace, but it was his inability to get past the shaky Walker that was more disappointing. Came off in the second. 5


Mo Salah - A frustrating day for Mo in front of goal, but a lot of it was due to the simple fact that he wouldn't pass the ball. Salah was incredible, he had City's entire defence and midfield in his pocket. But the goal just wouldn't come. If he carries on the way he started today, he will be on fire once again this season. 8 Man of the Match


Roberto Firmino - Looked in the sort of form you'd expect of a recent Copa America and Champions League winner. Had a great early shot and a great battle with Otamendi and Stones. Was withdrawn toward the middle of the second half. 7


Substitutions:


Joel Matip - Came straight off the bench and immediately nullified the threat of Sterling. Then promptly went up the other end and scored the equaliser from a Van Dijk looped cross. Looked classy and was the only centre back seen bringing the ball out of defence all day. 8


Naby Keita - Came off the bench and looked smart, and tidy with the ball. He offers something different to the likes of Henderson, Wijnaldum and Milner, in that it's a natural part of his game to drive forward and it showed as he repeatedly pushed City back with his forward thrusts. 7


Xherdan Shaqiri - Immediately offered a pacy, willing threat down the right, when Mo Salah took up a more 'floating' role across the front and looked dangerous throughout. Took a couple of bad corners, but he wasn't alone in that. 7


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Today was further proof that a few pre-season cameos won't get AOC back up to pace, and you'd have been forgiven for not even realising he came on. Hopefully the minutes he gets will help and he really does become that 'new signing' Klopp promised us. 6


Adam Lallana - Looked handy, tricky and provided a bit of pace behind Salah. Some good interplay with the Egyptian king were a welcome change to the hit and hope balls forward of the first 45 minutes. 7




 
 

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