• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool

A fortnight is a long, long time without real football. So to have a match at Old Trafford against our bitterest rivals was like waiting for your birthday as a little child.

Sadly, those moments rarely match up to our expectations and thus, so it was against Manchester United this afternoon.

It had been built up beyond all expectations, and failed to match any of them. Liverpool were largely dire for the first hour, whilst still managing to somehow dominate possession.

By the 95th minute we'd had almost 70% of the ball, twice as many shots on target, and the only stat the home side won out in was in corners.

Liverpool's threat in the first half was next to none, and only really grew into the game after the hour mark. United were a constant threat on the break with Daniel James and Rashford but that fizzled out after 70 minutes.

A Liverpool equaliser changed the game and the final 10 minutes was all Liverpool. But those poor deliveries from out wide and misplaced passes meant that that elusive (and probably very undeserved) winning goal just wouldn't come.

Alisson - Would have been forgiven for thinking he was still in the injury room - he had so little to do. An easy enough first game back and was good to see him back between the sticks. Let's just hope any rustiness is gone by the time we take on Spurs at Anfield. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold - Another mixed bag for Trent. Defended well in the first 15 minutes but then got gradually worse. In the last half hour, as the Reds turned the screw, he had the chance to play to his strengths but he failed time and again with his delivery. His one saving grace right now is that he has little competition in his position. 5

Joel Matip - At fault a little bit for the goal and wasn't completely his usual unflappable self. But he did make a number of great interceptions in the second half though and started to bring the ball out much more. 6

Virgil Van Dijk - Was alarming to see him bullied off the ball more than once by Rashford, and he looked a little bit lazy and disinterested at times. Hasn't been at close to his best since the start of the season. Like the rest of the team, we have to hope he is yet to reach his peak this season. 6

Andy Robertson - Was given a bit of trouble down the right side but was generally not targeted by the home side as much as Trent. With 20 minutes to go, like Trent, he finally got his chance to shine and it was his low cross that passed United's entire back line and allowed Lallana a relative tap-in to equalise. 6

Fabinho - Not his usual unflappable display, much like Matip, but he was probably out best midfielder. He's allowed an off day, after 9 months of excellent displays. 6

Gini Wijnaldum - Was retaining possession easily enough and had a couple of great opportunities early on to get a shot off but his threat in the opposition half was negligible from there on. Is likely to miss out in the week, unless the captain does. 6

Jordan Henderson - It's horrible to say it but he was undoubtedly our worst player. Origi was just anonymous but Henderson was actually bad. He was really poor prior to the Leicester game, which is why he missed out, but he was poor today. Gave the ball away easily and his only contribution going forward was regular punted balls out wide that generally went out of play. 5

Sadio Mane - Had a perfectly good goal scratched off for what was essentially 'ball to hand', which rankles all the more when Dele Alli had a goal stand for a clear, intentional hand ball on Saturday afternoon. Despite that, Mane remained our only real threat for 65 minutes, until Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana and Keita reignited our attacking threat. 7 Man of the Match

Divock Origi - The lad was just basically anonymous. There's nothing else to be said. It's a miracle he managed to last over an hour in all honesty. 4

Roberto Firmino - Was given special attention by the home defence, with three centre backs pretty much crowding him out of the game. He started to drop deeper into midfield looking to influence the game and only started to find joy once the midfield changed and we go a foothold in the match. 5


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Did a lot of running after he came on, looked to be shaping to shoot on a number of occasions but was crowded out. His direct running gave the home side a problem they hadn't previously had for 65 minutes though. 6

Adam Lallana - Wasn't on for more than 20 minutes, and he showed signs of looking useful straight away. Kept possession well and was tidy with his passes. He popped up in the right place at the far post to score the crucial equaliser. 7

Naby Keita - Was good to see the Guinean back, and he looked eager. Worked well with Robertson on the left and gave us a further injection of quality when it was needed but it wasn't enough in the end, sadly. 6


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