• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-1 Man City

Bloody hell! What a whirlwind 90 minutes that was. Liverpool gave up possession for large swathes of the match, but never allowed City to settle into their passing rhythm.


Particularly in the first half, the Reds allowed City to stay at arm's length, before breaking on them repeatedly. Making them pay big time on two occasions. 2 shots, 2 goals in the opening half an hour.


Man City continued to press for a goal themselves but you could see the desperation creep in in the final 5 minutes of the first half, and the diving and whining to the ref increased.


Into the second half, and in the first 15 minutes Liverpool had far more of the ball and it seemed only a matter of time before we scored a third.


It took just 6 minutes of the second half for Liverpool to go three ahead, with Sadio Mane heading home Jordan Henderson's cross at the far post.


The game was effectively over at the point, save for a brief wobble in the last 15 minutes when the changes and tiredness allowed City a foot back into the match. It wasn't to be though and Liverpool saw the match out.

Alisson - Probably his busiest game since the back end of last season and certainly since his return from injury, but handled Man City well. Never looked rattled in the last 15 minutes when City largely dominated. 7


Trent Alexander-Arnold - Continues to get caught out a lot at the back but when he's told to attack as much as he is, he's going to get targeted. It didn't cost us today though, and he constantly troubled City's dodgy back line. If he can just work on his concentration levels when we're caught on the back foot, or if attacks break down there's no stopping him. 8


Virgil Van Dijk - A good game for Van Dijk, after the early exchanges where he mis-headed quite a few high balls. Settled down and was constantly trying to encourage those around him to simply keep possession in the frantic first 35 minutes. Exemplified everything as a leader, defender and player that City lacked throughout the spine of their team. 7


Dejan Lovren - What can you say about Dejan? Many fans were dreading the sight of him up against Aguero, Sterling, etc. but he was actually our best defender. Put himself on the line repeatedly, making one excellent block in particular on Sterling late on, as he threw himself to the ground pre-empting the winger's shot. Was identified as the weak link when passing out from the back but didn't give it away once, to my knowledge. 8


Andy Robertson - Worked his socks off and really seems to relish these big recent games against Man City. Had a little spat with Walker late on that was a fucking delight to see. It's lovely to have a real shit-stirrer in the team. But what about that cross for Salah's header? TAA gets all the plaudits for his passing and delivery, but Robbo delivers both in equal amounts and manages to be the best defensive right-back in the world. Just £8 million from Hull too. Bloody hell.. 8


Fabinho - Good lord, this man. Dominated a midfield that contained Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan and never looked fazed for a second. He's become the best defensive mid in the world in less than 12 months and he's now indispensable, as today showed. There's managers across Europe kicking themselves for not jumping at that bargain, I can tell you now. His goal was a beauty too, and we can only hope we start to see more of those, because he is more than capable of scoring them more regularly. 9 Man of the Match


Gini Wijnaldum - On the surface, Gini had a quiet game, but he really didn't. He was everywhere. He does the simple, dirty things and so goes unnoticed but manages to support the attack too. He plays on the periphery of the game a lot, mopping up, supporting, etc. and that's why fans think he ghosts through games. At one point he broke in the second half, with ridiculous pace and Martin Tyler thought he was Sadio Mane. Nice little bit of casual racism that. 7


Jordan Henderson - Finally the captain has arrived this season. Showed up big-time when it mattered, after having had a so-so season so far. A wonderful ball capped off a good display, setting up Sadio Mane for our third and the goal that killed off the match. 7


Sadio Mane - It was an unusually quiet game for Sadio. Of course, he still got his obligatory goal, but like Mo Salah - who's been accused of trying too hard this season - it was Mane's turn today. He usually does the simple things first, but today he was trying to over-complicate things too much. 7


Mo Salah - Grabbed his goal in another big game and looked as up for it as he did in mid-week. Angelino never managed to settle, and when he went central you could tell that Fernandinho and Stones looked like they wanted to be subbed. 7


Roberto Firmino - We'll consign this one to history, and forget it every happened. It was a quiet day for Bobby, not a lot that he did came off and he over-complicated simple moves. Often trying the elaborate over the simple. When he's on form, those sorts of things are a joy to behold but he's struggled a lot this season and needs to ease off the elaborate stuff. 6


Subs:


James Milner - Came on like for like for Henderson and struggled to match the pace. Gave away a few too many needless fouls. 6


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Like Milner, wasn't really able to get into the game. Perhaps should've been introduced a bit sooner. 6


Joe Gomez - Covered well enough in the few minutes he was on and had a wonderful little moment with the bitching Sterling, who he picked up and threw a few feet back. Put him right in his place, he did. For that alone, he gets a seven out of ten. 7



 
 

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