• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Norwich 0-1 Liverpool

The biggest question from all Liverpool fans (and the hopeful media) was whether the players would react well to the break or look leggy and off the pace.


The weather was also a big factor as well, with the high winds and lashing rain expected to see the match postponed, initially. It wasn't.


But it seriously affected the game, with boss teams struggling to control the ball properly and Liverpool's long, searching passes often not quite reaching their intended targets.


Having players of the quality of Mane and Fabinho on the bench though can change any match, and that's exactly what happened, with Sadio coming on to score the winner.


It may have seemed harsh on Norwich, who had battled well and held us at arms length, but we'd begun to wear them down and Mane just added the finishing touch, in all fairness.


So we move 25 points clear, need 5 wins to clinch it and could be going into the quarter-final of the Champions League knowing it's wrapped up and push for the treble. Good lord...

Alisson - Had little to do, but when he was called into action late in the first half, he somehow got a big hand to a ball played into Pukki and enough power behind it to palm it well away from goal. It was seemingly offside but what a way to save us in the first half. 8

Trent Alexander-Arnold - His delivery was largely awry, but it was vastly affected by the weather. Defended well enough and will be glad when Dennis has moved on! 7

Virgil Van Dijk - Had little to do. Solid. Won his headers and shepherded Pukki well. 7

Joe Gomez - Like Van Dijk, was generally untroubled. But was always aware of the threat of Norwich on the break. The wind caused a few promises with balls in the air but another clean sheet won. 7


Andy Robertson - Not Andy's best day, but he's had worse prior to the break. Looked a bit more full of energy today and his crossing started to look more and more effective the longer the game went on. When Mane was introduced, he started to push onto the byline more often. 7


Gini Wijnaldum - In truth, it was hard to see what Gini was doing today, and a lot of that was due to the fact that he wasn't really needed in the role he was playing in. We needed players to drive through the middle or pulled Norwich out of position, something Gini doesn't do for us. Came off mid-way through the second. 6


Jordan Henderson - Drove the team on from deep but was able to be more effective when he was able to push forward after Fabinho's introduction. Another assist as well. 7


Naby Keita - Wasn't an off-day, as such. But he looked like a player that needs time and games. He'll certainly get them but today the weather restricted the play a lot, and we weren't as effective with the ball on the ground. Close to opening the scoring but hit his shot straight at Tim Krul. 6


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Not his day, and I've said that more than once recently. He's pulled his performance out of the mire with a goal more often than not this season but his form should really start to become a worry soon. And it's not as if he's not getting chances. 6


Mo Salah - So frustrating from Salah today. He shot when he should have passed, and tried a lay-off when a clear shot was on. When Mane isn't playing he tries too hard to do it all himself. One thing that's for certain is that he's crucial to our season. But maybe he could do with not trying so hard sometimes. 6


Roberto Firmino - Brilliant from Bobby at times, and he was always trying to do something to find another way through. It didn't come via him, but he always wears the opposition defences down. 7

Subs:


Sadio Mane - Off the bench, touch, control, goal. Match won. What more can you say about Sadio? The best attacker in the world right now. 8 Man of the Match


Fabinho - Gave the midfield more balance, in a game where Norwich were still getting a bit of joy, with us looking a bit disjointed. Calmed it down and gave us the platform to go on and win the match. 7

James Milner - On for Keita to see it out. Did it well. NA



 
 

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