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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United

A far from perfect start to the match tonight saw Fabinho wrongly adjudged to have fouled outside the box, when he had very clearly won the ball.


VAR - shock-horror - decided that it was actually a penalty and the Reds were 1-nil down within 10 minute of kick-off. Not what we had expected against a side with one point.


It took until 40 minutes before the home side really cut through Sheff Utd and finally created a chance of note. The equaliser was claimed to have been offside by the away side but it stood. Thankfully.


A somewhat better second half for LFC should've seen a more comfortable victory, but some more terrible VAR decision making ruled out a lovely Mo Salah goal. But thankfully, the Reds went in front a few minute later via Diogo Jota.

Alisson- A bit of a shaky moment mid-way through the second half aside, it was good to have him back. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold - His poor start to the season continued, as he was constantly targeted by Sheff Utd, who's primary threat came down the right side. He was supported by Henderson, but the captain can only do so much. 5

Joe Gomez - Struggled in the first half but improved somewhat in the second half and made some great clearances and won his fair share in the air too. 7


Fabinho - Again, the better of the centre back pairing, he was on top of most things but there is clearly still a lack of understanding at the back which will hopefully be ironed out soon. Although I expect Matip to return this week. 7


Andy Robertson - Still our most consistent defender, and he delivered again down the left, where his constant probing runs were a cause for concern for Sheff Utd. He was equally solid at the back too, albeit usually with Sadio's able assistance. 7


Gini Wijnaldum - Wasn't his best night, in truth. He lost the ball a few more times than we're used to. But his role tonight seemed a little bit confused too. He and Henderson were operating as a midfield two, which is something neither is used to these days though. 6


Jordan Henderson - I was often one of Jordan's biggest detractors a few years ago but it's always a reassuring sight these days to have him back in the team from the start. And he brought his typical brand of calm assurance to proceedings tonight after we went a goal down early doors. 7


Diogo Jota - Starting in a slightly unfamiliar right-sided position, the Portuguese winger looked tasty from the start; a constant threat and outlet for his. He bagged his second league goal for Liverpool just past the hour-mark. 8 Man of the Match


Sadio Mane - Had a bit of a mixed bag of a night, struggling to really get going in the first half, but it was his header that led to the equaliser, and he bagged an assist for the winner in the second half. Massive contributions from the little genius once again. 7


Mo Salah - A frustrating night for Mo who often had a couple of men on him but he found himself with a perfect chance to set up the third... opting to shoot when there were better options available. Kind of summed up his night, sadly. But always has the opposition on edge. 6


Roberto Firmino - Despite the opening goal he struggled to have much of an impact, and his usual brand of pressing and harrying wasn't quite up to standard. Brought off in the second half for Mini. 6

Subs:


Takumi Minamino - Didn't have a lot of time to make an impact. N/A


James Milner - Like Minamino, he wasn't really on long enough to do much, other than throw himself full-blooded into a few challenges late on! N/A



 

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