• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Southampton 1-3 Liverpool

Much like against Spurs, the boys started poorly. In fact, they were abhorrent at the start of the two halves but, thankfully for the fans, they grew into both halves and were well on top by the end of each.


The first half saw Southampton dominate early on, constantly breaking on the Reds and putting the defence under serious pressure.


In honesty, they could've been more than a goal up by the time Liverpool equalised and even when we did, it will marked as a 'dodgy' goal all week by Sky Sports and rival fans too.


But we won. The 2nd half started equally as poorly, if not even worse, but Jurgen Klopp made a decision that nobody expected, when he made subs before the hour mark.


The introduction of both James Milner and Jordan Henderson was a huge moment, as the energy and experience of the players made a big difference and swung the game.


By the time the final whistle blew, the Reds had triumphed and it even looked comfortably. In all honesty, it was in the end, though could've been different.



Alisson - Apart from their early goal, the Brazilian didn't have a lot to do. Was given problems early in the first half when the home side tried to limit his short options but his range of passing is good enough that he eventually started to find joy in going long. 6


Trent Alexander-Arnold - Not a happy day at the races for Trent, even though he did set up the equaliser. His inexperience has rarely been shown up this season, but Nathan Redmond had clearly been employed in the role he was to cause him problems. It worked and all of the home side's good work came down his side. Withdrawn after barely 55 minutes. 5


Joel Matip - Looked to be getting caught out by Long a few times early on, but when he started stepping forward in the 2nd half, it helped push the Reds' midfielders forward too and helped to pin the home side back. 7


Virgil Van Dijk - Was found wanting for Long's early goal but gradually grew into the game and got a handle on the tricky forward. Southampton didn't get a lot of joy out of him, though they did out of Liverpool's defence collectively, in the opening of both halves. Would've been man of the match, if not for Mo's 'winning goal' late on. 8


Andrew Robertson - When you consider that Robbo is having the best season of his career and has provided more assists that most midfielders and forwards, you have to question why so many managers leave him totally open in favour of targeting Trent. Who knows, maybe it's a compliment because they know he'll be too hard. Either way, he was rarely troubled at the back and was given so much space on the left, which he used to cause them problems. 7


Fabinho - Like many of his defensive team mates, really struggled early on and couldn't get to grips with Southampton. Once we saw some personnel changes, he got to grips with the midfield more. Don't get me wrong, he was never poor, but looked outnumbered at times, due to Gini's display. 7


Gini Wijnaldum - A bizarrely average, if not poor, display from a usually reliable Gini Wijnaldum. He's been so good and so consistent this season though, we'll allow him the odd off-game now and again. 5


Naby Keita - Was actually our poorest player in the opening exchanges but once he scored, and you couldn't half see his relief when he did, the lad's whole demeanour changed and he started to believe in himself more. We can only hope he starts against Porto on Tuesday, as goals from midfield (and Hendo is included in that) would be crucial at this stage of the season. 7


Sadio Mane - Was a bit quiet early on in both halves, but was a key player in us wrestling the match away from the home side in the second half. He wore down their left side and you could see the Southampton players struggling to cope with him. 7


Mo Salah - What a way to end your goal drought. It had to be something spectacular, in a hugely pivotal moment of a massive game. But that's what Salah is all about. That's his 50th in a Red shirt in the league and he's now the fastest to that number. Now that's out of the way, hopefully we'll see the real Mo when we really need him. 8 Man of the Match


Roberto Firmino - Was so poor in the first half, but in the second he was a key man at both ends. His defensive headers and work off the ball when Southampton were on the ball was so important, and he eventually started clicking at their end, finishing in an assist for the captain's goal. 7


Substitutions:

James Milner - Came on at a point in the game where it was slipping away from the Reds. Provided stability down the right, where Nathan Redmond had given Trent Alexander a tough time all game. His delivery, constantly peppering the Southampton box, eventually helped to wear the home side's resistance down. 7


Jordan Henderson - Finally, a captain's performance from our captain. With 5 league games to go and potentially another 5 European competition, we'd be happy to see Henderson play a more advanced position from here-on in. His energy and drive from an almost attacking midfield role really drove Liverpool on in the last half an hour. 8


Dejan Lovren - On the pitch for barely 5 minutes. NA



 
 

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