• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

There's absolutely no doubting at all what a dull, boring game that was tonight. But that was not Liverpool's doing.


The Reds were sloppy, lazy at times, and a little bit below our usual high standards but Mourinho got the game he wanted: dull, boring, scrappy and with lots of mistakes.


The only problem is that the result was exactly the opposite of what he wanted. He usually specialises in 1-nil wins in these sorts of games but we edged him out and turned it around.


After a fairly scrappy opening 15 minutes, Liverpool eventually settled into a rhythm of dominance but weren't able to fashion any serious chances.


A late flurry of good chances came in the first half though, before Bobby Firmino made sure and put away the best chance of the first half.


Spurs improved - marginally - in the second period though, giving Liverpool a few more problems but they were largely of our own creation and we eventually saw the match out.


Alisson - Was never called upon to make any real saves but his ability to rarely (if ever) fumble or drop a ball is something that goes unnoticed. He truly is a 'safe pair of hands'. Came out a handful of times too, playing the sweeper keeper role to perfection. 8


Trent Alexander-Arnold - A rare day of struggle for Trent. His delivery was off, his touch was off and his positioning was well off. He was troubled down the right all day and his lack of communication with Gomez was a huge worry in the second half. 6


Joe Gomez - Was excellent on Sunday against Everton in leading his young back line, and has excelled in recent weeks but he was quite nervy and rather poor today. He and Trent struggled, quite strangely, up against a quite under-par Son on the left side and then in the second even more so. Hopefully it's just a one off. 6


Virgil Van Dijk - He did not have his best game but he was still good enough to hold most of what Spurs threw at us at arm's length. Caught napping a couple of times. 7


Andy Robertson - Was more effective at both ends that his counterpart on the right, and was at his nasty best. Lucky to not get a yellow for a second half challenge but the suggestions it was a red card incident are laughable. 7


Jordan Henderson - The captain managed to be absolutely everywhere over the 90+ minutes tonight, but was as culpable as anyone for squandering possession needlessly. It was a problem with most of the team at times. 7


Gini Wijnaldum - Aside from a glaring error late on, in which he needlessly handed possession back to an (almost) galvanised Spurs deep into our half that led to their best chance, he was untouchable. Didn't give the ball away prior to that. 8 Man of the Match


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Let's be honest: he was poor. Off the pace of even a slow and turgid game, he struggled to get into the game. Always looking to barge his way through and find a chance to shoot. His passes were too short or long and he looked badly rusty. 6


Sadio Mane - Had it not been for the fact he came off ten minutes from the end, he probably would have been MOTM for us. Worked tirelessly. It's hard to imagine a player as good as him who is prepared to do so much of the team's hard work but he thrives on it. 8


Mo Salah - A mixed bag for Mo. He looked threatening and had a few half-chances but Spurs insistence on playing a 7 man defence restricted the space for him to operate in. Every time he wriggled free of three players, two more appeared. He'll have more fruitful days. 7


Roberto Firmino - Another goal for our beloved nutter, as he made the most of what was - initially - a half-chance, to fashion a goal-scoring opportunity from an acute angle. Finished wonderfully to score the only goal. Quite wasteful otherwise but worked hard again. 7


Subs:


Adam Lallana - Replaced the very disappointing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the hour and was an upgrade. Helped the midfield get a bit more control for the last half hour. 7


Divock Origi - Big Div wasn't able to get a foothold in the match and struggled to be his usual effective self when coming on. 6


Xherdan Shaqiri - On for 2 minutes. NA



 
 

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