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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

Three more points, after the disappointment of mid-week, was just the remedy albeit the performance overall was only a short way above that defeat.


But being able to introduce subs of the quality of Jordan Henderson, Bobby Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum certainly makes the difference.


The fact that none of the three started might well galvanise them for the five remaining league games, in which Liverpool can comfortably overhaul the points record.


Villa put up a good fight, Liverpool struggled to string a lot of good moves together in the first 65 minutes before the substitutions were made.


In all honesty, whilst the midfield trio of Fabinho, Keita and Ox looks attractive on paper it really hasn't functioned well in practise when they've played.


Today, we managed to hold a spirited Aston Villa at bay until we made those changes and the added quality and fresh legs was the difference in the end.


Alisson - A few good saves and then a great one from Grealish at 2-0 ensured it wasn't a nervy final few minutes. 7


Trent Alexander-Arnold - A better display, all-round and coped better in defence. 6

Virgil Van Dijk - More solid up against the lesser lights of Aston Villa. Not a physical challenge, but he managed the pace of Villa's counter attacks well. 7


Joe Gomez - Improved markedly on mid-week, despite a early clearance into the stands behind his goal. Will be grateful for his manager keeping the faith in him again. 6


Andy Robertson - Like his defensive counter-parts, he was much-improved and supported Mane well. His delivery needs a bit of work from his early season form though. 6


Fabinho - Continued his good form and was unfortunate to be taken off but he earned to sit out the last half an hour. 7


Naby Keita - Played well, grew into the game and assisted the opening goal for Mane with a beautiful pass to pick the winger out. His form is building again. Just hope he stays fit. 7

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Had another poor one, in all honesty. Wasn't up to much when he came on in the week and really failed to make an impact today. Off around the hour mark and could've gone off sooner, in fairness. 5


Sadio Mane - Scored the opener and never stopped working. He could've had a couple and was visibly frustrated with some of the poor play of his team mates. Look hungry and played across the front three at some point throughout. Surely a contender for many individual awards this season. 8 Man of the Match

Mo Salah - Was good enough, although his clear obsession with the Golden Boot is getting a little tiresome. Took time out from shooting to lay on the second for Curtis Jones. Played well enough but looked somewhat frustrated with himself throughout. 6

Divock Origi - Was he even playing? Look, I love Div as much as anybody but he's really fluffing his lines since the restart when given a chance. 5


Subs:

Roberto Firmino - Completely invigorated our attack after coming on and the away side started to creak, before breaking down entirely. Hopefully we see that Bobby from hereon in. 7

Gini Wijnaldum - Added a bit more balance and verve to a previously static right side after coming on. 6


Jordan Henderson - Did well, huffed and puffed and ensured Villa's threat was all but snuffed out, apart from one Grealish shot later on. 6

Curtis Jones - New contract? Sorted. First Premier League goal? Scored it the next day. A dream 24 hours for the young Scouser who looked well up for it. Could be in line for a league start very soon. 7

Neco Williams - Came on, ran about. Looks the nailed on back-up for Trent next season. NA



 

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