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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Man City 4-0 Liverpool

It was going to happen, but to go down so meekly to Man City after they'd had to give us the guard of honour was a massive disappointment.


The players looks half-hearted , apart from the first 10 minutes when they looked well up for it. A mistake from Joe Gomez shortly after those initial 10 minutes set the tone.


After that, it wasn't long before City went ahead, following a bit of lax defending from Gomez to give away a penalty.


It was Gomez again who got wrong-footed by Sterling, who this time scored himself, before Foden made it three just before the break.


Gomez came off and things did not improve in the second half. Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced him and started shipping goals for City himself, in the form of an OG on 65 minutes.


All in all it was a terrible display and, league win aside, the players should be pretty ashamed of themselves. City are not that many goals better than us but we allowed them to run the show for 90 minutes.


Alisson - Absolutely zero he could do about any of the goals and actually allowed us to go home with some pride, after saving a few near chances to make it worse. 7


Trent Alexander-Arnold - Lax defensively and failed to make an impact at the other end. 6

Virgil Van Dijk - He'll be glad that Gomez was so poor, because he failed to look even close to as good as he has been for 2 years. Never looked so half-arsed. 5


Joe Gomez - Worst defensive display we've seen since Lovren against Spurs 2 years ago. He was shocking. 2


Andy Robertson - Struggled to ably support Sadio down the left but managed his defensive duties better than any of his team mates at the back. 5


Fabinho - Best of a bad bunch. But in truth, he played well. Stood out in midfield and went into the back line to outperform his team mates there too, making some crucial tackles and interceptions to stop the result being even worse by the end of the 90 min. 7 Man of the Match


Jordan Henderson - A lot of running and actually did OK. But he and Fabinho couldn't keep City at bay alone. 6


Gini Wijnaldum - I'll always rave about Gini but he genuinely did ghost through the game today. Taken off after less than an hour. 5

Sadio Mane - Had a chance to pull one back at 3-nil. Had a couple of half chances in the first and second halves. Was the most likely to create. 6


Mo Salah - Was clear as day tonight that he's now chasing the golden boot. His delivery was lazy and he was constantly attempting to get into goal scoring positions. 5


Roberto Firmino - Since the restart, he's probably had one decent half of football. That was not in evidence tonight. 4


Subs:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Brought on to change the game. He did. He made it 4-nil to City and did little else. He needs a big season next season, because he's struggled with injury and form for 2 years now and we can't keep making excuses up for him. 5


Divock Origi - A big season last year should have been the impetus he needed to reignite his career at Anfield. It just hasn't happened for him this season. Can see him moving on in the summer. 5


Naby Keita - Did better than most after coming on. Looked tricky and lively and tried to make things happen. Couldn't manage to, unfortunately for us. 6

Neco Williams - Will get more game time over the next 6 games, and deservedly so. Looked hungry and up for it after he came on. 6


Takumi Minamio - Looked like he wanted to get stuck in and really gave it a go, despite the score line. NA



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