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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-0 FC Midtjylland

Good God, that was an awful first half. It was partly due to the fact that Midtjylland put in a proper shift, and partly because we seemingly expected to be playing a team of farmers.


As it happened they really made us work for the win. A three points the lads probably didn't expect to be so hard-fought.


The first half of the second half wasn't much better than the first, plenty of mis-placed passes, loads of moments of possession squandered and half-chances coming to nothing.


But you have big players for big moments and three of those combined for the opener, with Shaqiri to Trent to Jota. 1-nil.


The second half was a bit more interesting, with the away side coming close a couple of times and making it interesting. But a Mo Salah penalty finished the game off in the later stages for 2-nil.


Not the easy stroll to success we'd have hoped for tonight but we got there in the end, albeit without massaging our goal difference in the process.

Alisson - Just the one save to make early in the first half but just exuded coolness and calmness throughout. With Fabinho now injured too, his return couldn't have come soon enough really. 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold - Better than at the weekend but seemed reluctant to make his trademark crosses from deep. Made the one for the opener though, which was all the difference in the end. He improved as the game wore on and was definitely pushing for our best player by the end of the match. 7

Joe Gomez - Still had nervy moments and, at 23, is yet to look like the embodiment of a leader at the back but he was comfortable enough and another clean sheet in Europe will do his confidence good. 7


Fabinho - Injured. For fuck's sake. What more can befall us this season before it's really even started? Hopefully it won't be too bad, as he was showing once again why he's so important to us in any of those defensive positions he plays in. 6


Andy Robertson - Like Trent, he was a bit subdued offensively tonight. Whether that was due to the performance of the Danish champions or just an off night is open to debate. Didn't contribute a lot going forward. Solid, as usual, at the back. 6


James Milner - Really quite poor. He was seemingly looking for a booking from mid-way through the first half and the referee duly obliged. Seemed to struggle for pace a lot throughout and his passing let him down time and again. You wonder how many more starts he will manage this season, barring a serious amount of injuries. But Klopp does love him. 5


Jordan Henderson - You know it's a rough night when even the captain is having a bit of a struggle. He was one of the better performers but the midfield two didn't do him any favours, like at the weekend. Pulled, for fitness reasons - seemingly - at half-time. 6


Diogo Jota - Second game in a row he's scored the winner. Overall decent performance. Just a shame about many of his team mates. 7


Xherdan Shaqiri - Probably just pipped Jota, in terms of performance, with the former Wolves' man bagging the winner. He was a busy bugger, full of running and a big plus for us. His quality was clear, even when others around him looked to be struggling. Lovely range of passing and so nimble on his feet too. 7 Man of the Match


Takumi Minamino - Worked his socks off but had little luck going forward. Came in for a bit of criticism on social media during the match but he genuinely had little help or (and I hate this word) 'service'. Toiled away with little to show for his work. 6


Divock Origi - Surely one of the final nails in Div's coffin. He can't continue to be this abject and be kept past January while we have options available. No goal threat. Little tracking back, barely any serious pressing and looked ready for bed. 4

Subs:


Rhys Williams - Came on in the first half for the injured Fabinho and looked rather comfortable. Actually looked more confident than Joe and won plenty in the air and on the ground. Great. 7


Gini Wijnaldum - Offered a bit more in midfield after he came on but that's not saying a lot really. 6


Mo Salah - Through late on, won the penalty and scared us all by looking hurt before stepping up to score the peno. 7


Sadio Mane - Seemed to struggled like his counterpart after coming on, had one good chance but couldn't take it. 6


Roberto Firmino - Came on. Had the chance to win it. Skied it. N/A



 

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