• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Southampton 1-2 Liverpool

We weren't quite as shocking as we were - at times - in mid-week but the first half left a lot to be desired, let's be honest now.


Had it not been for Sadio Mane's opener just before the break, we'd have all been biting our nails as the second half began.


It was a bumpy ride in the first half, as Southampton edged it and had the better chances. But in the second Liverpool perked up and dominated for the first 30 minutes.


Cue a howler from Adrian, and the pressured increased on the Liverpool goal. Thankfully, these days, we have players like Fabinho and the skipper coming off the bench to see these sorts of games out.


Adrian - The current Reds' number one was doing so well! He'd already made a couple of great saves and was looking comfortable, in control and tidy with the ball at this feet. Then came that attempted pass out from the back. Straight at Ings. 5


Trent Alexander-Arnold - A return to the starting XI for Trent and it was relatively comfortable, barring a 10 minutes period at the end of the second half when the home side overloaded the right side of the pitch in search of an equaliser. It did not appear. 6


Joel Matip - Wasn't the happiest day for Joel, who was seemingly targeted by, first Nathan Redmond, and then Che Adams as the home side had clearly identified him as the weaker of the two centre backs. Overall though, he coped fairly well. Still the best partner for VVD. 6


Virgil Van Dijk - Relaxed and relatively comfortable on his seasonal return to his old club. The boos weren't as loud this time. It was as if the home crowd knew it would actually make him play better. That elusive first clean sheet of the season is yet to arrive though. 7


Andy Robertson - Was undoubtedly Andy's most impressive game of the season, even if there were a few misplaced passes and poor crosses more than we're used to. 7


James Milner - Still struggling for form, is the normally reliable Milner. The experienced midfielder was all at sea again, but wasn't helped by an early knock which needed stitching. He toiled away before eventually being withdrawn for Brazilian Fabinho. 5


Gini Wijnaldum - A tidy, comfortable, if quiet game for the Dutch midfielder. He was rarely found bursting into the opposition box, but kept in ticking over in midfield and held possession well when his midfield partners were just trying a little bit too hard. 7


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - It was great to see him back in his favoured position but he still looks like he struggling for fitness and confidence. Saw a few trademark surges from deep but they came to little really. Each match is another step forward. 6


Sadio Mane - The Senegalese forward just gets better every season and he's already scored 3 times this season, in just 3 games. Without even finishing (or starting) more than 1 of them! He really has become the most important element of our attack. His goal literally came out of nothing and seemed to galvanise the team in the second half. 8


Mo Salah - Greedy throughout the first half and seemed to fade a bit later in the second. Hopefully a full week's rest ahead of Arsenal next Saturday will be just what he needs. 6


Roberto Firmino - Worked hard and should've had more than one goal. As it was, his goal was superb and he looks well-placed to have another good season. 7


Substitutions:

Fabinho - Came on when things started to get a little hectic and kept it neat and tidy. Should've come on much sooner, in fairness, with Milner clearly struggling. 7


Jordan Henderson - A late sub to bring a bit more calmness and certainty to proceedings. 6


Divock Origi - Didn't have a lot of time to really do a great deal but gave Southampton an extra bit of pace to worry about. 6



 
 

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