By Lewis Rooke- @LV_Rooke
Liverpool played out an otherwise exciting stalemate with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, with Klopp’s men let firmly off the hook by a missed penalty by Algerian Riyad Mahrez. The result leaves both teams firmly in the hunt for the Premier League summit.
Here’s how they rated…
Alisson: 8.5- Could have had a deckchair and a book out there, didn’t even have a sniff of a save in the first hour. Made a smart save down low midway into the second half, being called into action after what felt like hours of not being tested. Looked about 9″11 in goal for the penalty, making Riyad Mahrez soil his kecks. Cheers la.
Joe Gomez: 6.5- Had a few shaky moments in the first half, losing possession and shanking a clearance right back into a prowling Sergio Aguero. Grew into the game defensively as the tie wore on, but his home really is at centre back now.
Dejan Lovren: 9- Came in for Alexander-Arnold who dropped to the bench, and was solid throughout. Made a wonderful tackle against Gabriel Jesus, worthy of the self-proclaimed best defender in the world. Carried on his form from the back end of last season and it’s great to see him back in the first team.
Virgil van Dijk: 8- The Dutchman was his typical impeccable, unflustered self in the first-half. Swanned around the pitch making Sergio Aguero look like Milan Jovanovic. Gave away a penalty against Leroy Sane but deserved his luck in Riyad Mahrez failing to convert. The usual Rolls Royce performance we’ve come to expect. Would have been my man of the match minus the penalty incident.
Andy Robertson: 8- Started fantastically and sent Kyle Walker for a Kopparberg with that beautiful lob in the first ten minutes and was a threat down the left-flank throughout. Was defensively solid all game in what was a stereotypical Andy Robbo performance. The steadiest of steady Eddie’s.
James Milner: N/A- Yet another first-half injury for a central midfielder. We’re getting quite unlucky aren’t we? Naby Keita replaced the Englishman, who had started the game brilliantly setting the tempo well.
Gini Wijnaldum: 6.5- Much improved from the midweek loss to Napoli and efficient in possession, but lacked the link to the strikers, but that isn’t really his game. The Dutchman was defensively sound helping to plug gaps, stopping David Silva from having any space.
Jordan Henderson: 7- Kept the ball ticking over in midfield but was unspectacular, save for a few almost pinpoint through balls. Still needs a more dynamic presence in midfield to compliment his passing, though. Marshalled the Manchester City central players well.
Sadio Mane: 7- Had a little tangle with Fernandinho there, didn’t he. No need to waste money on McGregor and Nurmagomedov when our Sadio is around. Looked our most potent of the front three but again still not at his scintillating best.
Roberto Firmino: 5- The number nine was pretty anonymous throughout but was starved of service from the midfield. Was replaced by Sturridge midway through the second-half. The Brazilian has had much better days.
Mohamed Salah: 6.5- Didn’t have the more attack-minded Trent Alexander-Arnold behind him to provide him with more service, but still saw enough of the ball and was still a threat. Not his usual sharp self but an improvement on his Napoli performance. Will get back to his best with a more dynamic midfield.
Naby Keita: 6.5- Like Wijnaldum, efficient yet unspectacular.
Daniel Sturridge: 6- Tough ask as a late substitution against Manchester City, didn’t really have an impact.