By Lewis Rooke – @LV_Rooke
Liverpool returned to winning ways after their midweek Champions League disappointment with a routine 2-0 victory over a lacklustre Fulham side in the Premier League. Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri got the goals for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who move to the top of the league, if only for a few hours.
Without further ado, how did the Reds perform?
Alisson: 8 – I’m crediting him with the assist for Mohamed Salah’s first goal, with his quick thinking outsmarting even us fans as we moved from almost mourning a goal conceded to celebrating the Egyptian lashing the ball in the back of the net. Donned a stunner of a cap in the second half straight out of JD Sports, extra point for that.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6.5 – Headed onto the roof of the net after a sumptuous chipped through ball by Fabinho. Not Trent’s best day but an improvement on his recent form.
Joe Gomez: 7 – Was seriously let off the hook after Ryan Sessegnon barrelled through on goal but shot wide of the mark. The Englishman was solid for the remainder of the game.
Virgil van Dijk: 7 – He’s Virgil van Dijk. The big Dutchman will be rarely tested as little as he was today, but did his job as Virgil van Dijk does.
Andy Robertson: 8.5 – Had a quiet first half but delivered an absolute peach of a cross which allowed Xherdan Shaqiri to notch Liverpool’s second of the game. Was kept at bay by Sergio Rico as he almost lashed in a third goal. Utterly superb in the second half.
Gini Wijnaldum: 6.5 – Kept it ticking over in midfield. Undramatic, yet effective. Substituted for Jordan Henderson. A very happy birthday for the Dutchman.
Fabinho: 6 – Still looks very raw, passing was a little off today for the Brazilian. However, his tackling ability in the middle of the park and tendency to turn the ball over quickly can be used as an effective weapon for Liverpool in future.
Xherdan Shaqiri: 8.5 – Looked the most potent midfielder by far in the first half. An icy cool volleyed finish from the Swiss from a wonderful Andy Robertson cross put the Reds two up, earning himself a very deserved goal indeed. Looked threatening throughout and went off the pitch to a deserved standing ovation.
Sadio Mane: 7 – The world seemed to stand still as the ball fell to the Senegalese’s feet in the first four minutes, but Mane scuffed the ball wide in what was the first clear cut chance of the game. Stung the fingertips of Sergio Rico after 50 minutes but was outshone by Xherdan Shaqiri and Mohamed Salah. Still, a good game for Sadio.
Mohamed Salah: 9 – Almost finished off what would have been probably one of the best team moves of the season after some intricate passing with Roberto Firmino, but was denied by Sergio Rico. Was denied again brilliantly on 21 minutes by the Spaniard who offered a firm hand to the Egyptian’s well struck shot. Eventually got his goal from a viciously rapid breakaway after Fulham’s goal was disallowed for offside. Looked the most like the Salah of last season as he has this campaign.
Roberto Firmino: 6 – Other than one phase of link-up play with Mohamed Salah, was largely uninvolved in the first half. Again quiet in the second half with the Brazilian continuing his goal drought.
Jordan Henderson- 6 (for Wijnaldum)
James Milner- N/A (for Shaqiri)
Naby Keita- N/A (for Fabinho)