• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Man Utd 0-0 Liverpool

So it just wasn't to be in the end, despite the home side having a trio of injuries in the first 45 minutes. The changes basically handed Liverpool a bigger advantage than they could have dreamed of but Jurgen Klopp's team just couldn't take advantage.


It was a disjointed, very disappointing display and the introductions from the bench offered little. Something that will be a concern for Klopp going forward, as he will have to start rotating as we head into a busy March.


United had looked content to site deep from the start but even more so once Solskjaer had to make those changes. Ironically, United actually threatened more after the changes and went much closer than Liverpool on a few occasions.


It feels like 2 more points dropped, it what is now 4 draws in 5 Premier League games and 8 points dropped in a period where Liverpool had chances to extend their lead again. We will know on Wednesday night whether the players can turn this around.


But a blip is starting to look an awful lot like some player's appetites for the fight are waning.


Alisson - The busier of the 2 'keepers, sadly. Despite United seeming to be content to try and play on the break. Made one outstanding save from Lingard, just before the substitute had to go off. 7 (Man of the match)


James Milner - Yeah, so that stuff about not needing Clyne because Milner can play there is starting to look like a lie. Another game for him up against a pacey, young attacking and another game where he was constantly caught out and booked early on for taking a player on the break out which had him walking a fine line. Terrible crossing all day. Set pieces were even worse. 4


Joel Matip - Matip looked mostly calm again all day, but Van Dijk looked worryingly nervy and that eventually spread to Matip. The defence have now kept clean sheets against Bayern Munich and Man Utd in the space of 5 days but it certainly wasn't because of great defending today. Lucky not to have scored an own goal but the linesman saved him. 6


Virgil Van Dijk - Virgil was welcomed back with open arms but, in truth, he was pretty poor. His long-range passing seems to have disappeared and he just isn't communicating as much. Is he still suffering with illness? His positioning was often poor and looked leggy. 5


Andrew Robertson - The most assured and forward-thinking of our full backs but honestly offered very little attacking threat. His crossing was a mixed bag, but still better than Milner. 6


Fabinho - He seemed to be playing further forward, with Henderson deeper and it clearly affected him as struggled to settle early on. Was given the deeper job later on as Liverpool started to dominate possession. 6


Jordan Henderson - Often with Henderson, we get a man of the match performance, followed by a headless chicken display. Kept possession well but once United were forced to change three players, we needed him to dictate play and push us forward but it was all too safe and pedestrian and that theme remained. 5


Gini Wijnaldum - Better of the midfield three, but as is often the case when these three (or Milner) play together, there seemed to be too much pragmatism and too little creativity. He made regular forward bursts and took on a lot of Keita's job but wasn't ruthless enough when he got forward. 6


Sadio Mane - The least poor of the front three but gave it away far too often. Wasn't incisive enough and a little greedy at times too. 5


Mo Salah - That possibly goes down as one of the poorest matches Mo has had in a Red shirt. Constantly out paced by a rather tubby-looking Luke Shaw and, let's be perfectly honest, he was kept in Shaw's pocket all afternoon. It's become a theme this season that, when we need him, Salah goes missing. It's something that Klopp has to resolve, and fast. 4


Roberto Firmino - Wasn't to be and maybe, if we're being fair, his injury disrupted our rhythm. Had little time to settle before the injury. 5


Substitutions:

Daniel Sturridge - You love Sturridge, I love Sturridge, we all love Sturridge. But he's a shadow of the player he used to be. Offered next to nothing as a forward after replacing Firmino. Looks like his time is ticking down to leaving in the summer. We can only hope he has one more big goal in him for us this season before he does go. 5


Xherdan Shaqiri - We're not blaming Shaq for his failure to influence the match, that blame falls squarely with the manager. It wasn't working from the half-time whistle but he wasn't introduced until the 72nd minute. Too little. Too late. 5


Divock Origi - Like Sturridge, he'll be off in the summer. Was a very willing runner though, and he at least tried to cause problems. But like Shaq his introduction came far too late on. 5




 
 

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