Player ratings: PSG 2-1 Liverpool – Reds left with mountain to climb to progress in Champions League

By Lewis Rooke – @LV_Rooke

Liverpool have it all to do to secure Champions League knockout qualification after falling to a 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint Germain at the Parc Des Princes, with Juan Bernat and Neymar putting Klopp’s men to the sword.

James Milner pulled a goal back from the penalty spot to offer a glimmer of hope, but it wasn’t to be on a disappointing night for Liverpool.

Here’s how they rated…

Alisson: 7.5 – Little the Brazilian stopper could do for the two PSG goals in the first half. Made a crucial save in the second half from a powerful goalbound Marquinhos header.

Joe Gomez: 7.5 – Was on the end of a disgusting tackle from Marco Verratti that should have seen the Italian leave the field. Held his own well against Neymar at right back and it’d be harsh to attach any serious blame to him for any of the PSG goals, which were borne out of incisive attacking play.

Virgil van Dijk: 7 – Should have done a lot better for the first goal. However was virtually sound during the remainder. No massive complaints.

Dejan Lovren: 7 – Slow to react in the box for Juan Bernat’s goal. Other than that, a good game for ‘one of the world’s best defenders’.

Andy Robertson: 7 – Felt he did well on the left hand side, typical Robbo. Nothing spectacular today though from the Scot.

Jordan Henderson: 4 – As one of the staunchest supporters of the opinion-splitting skipper, he was very poor tonight. Passing was way off with no protection to the defence.

Gini Wijnaldum: 5 – Again, felt his defensive contribution was non-existent. A few neat passes in the second half couldn’t mask an uninspiring away night for the Dutchman.

James Milner: 7 – Left former Manc Angel dí Maria with the deadest of dead legs in the first ten minutes. Slotted in a penalty in typical, reliable Milner fashion. Was decent for the remainder, but was substituted for Xherdan Shaqiri. The best midfielder on the night.

Sadio Mané: 7.5 – Had a few decent runs down the left-hand side, with his tireless pressing and lung-busting run drawing the penalty from which James Milner scored. The most threatening attacker out of the three.

Roberto Firmino: 5 – The usually quick-footed Brazilians touch was way below par tonight. Felt he was dispossessed in promising positions far too often. Uncharacteristic from Bobby today. Was substituted for Daniel Sturridge.

Mohamed Salah: 6 – Wasn’t as electric as he has been of late but still found himself in some healthy positions, however his decision making today left a little bit to be desired.

Substitutions

Naby Keita: 6 – Sound. A midfielder who looked to run with the ball, novelty that.

Daniel Sturridge: N/A

Xherdan Shaqiri: 10 – Top marks for not having any of Neymar’s arseholery. Put him straight on the deck. Nice one.

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