By Lewis Rooke – @LV_Rooke
Liverpool were thwarted in their attempts to stretch their lead to seven points over Manchester City in the Premier League title race, courtesy of a well-drilled and defensive Leicester side. The Reds opened the scoring through Sadio Mane who fired home after just one minute, but were pegged back by Harry Maguire scoring at the opposite end of the half, as the score remained 1-1.
Here’s how the players rated…
Alisson: 6 – Had a few uncharacteristically nervy moments with the ball at his feet in the first half, but assured himself better in the second. Extremely fortunate to bat away Firmino’s goalbound touch that could have seen Liverpool fall behind.
Jordan Henderson: 6 – Came into the side at right back to deputise for the deputy right-back James Milner, who was suspended. Didn’t offer the attributes that Trent Alexander-Arnold or Milner does, but didn’t disgrace himself either. Will be good to see Trent return soon though.
Joel Matip: 3 – The Cameroonian didn’t have the best of things in the first half, and nor did he start the second half any better. Didn’t continue in the second half any better either and looked a liability throughout. Flailed at tackles and lacked concentration. Poor.
Virgil van Dijk: 6.5 – Not your typical imperious Virgil today, but still didn’t do much wrong.
Andy Robertson: 6 – Couldn’t really get forward given the conditions of the pitch forced him to halt his usual attacking runs, but was guilty of cheaply giving away the free-kick that resulted in Leicester’s equaliser. Better in the second half but was handicapped by a Leicester team camped on the edge of their own box.
Gini Wijnaldum: 6 – Kept the ball ticking over in midfield, but a largely uneventful game for the Dutchman.
Naby Keita: 5 – Still has a long way to go to acclimatise to this Liverpool side, he’s already feeling like next season’s project. Doesn’t release the ball at the right time, but should have arguably had himself a penalty after being clipped in the box. Still, improvements needed. Substituted.
Xherdan Shaqiri: 5 – Struggled to have much impact at all on the game. Subbed for Lallana.
Sadio Mane: 7 – Barely sat my arse down before the Senegalese had it right off its seat again as he fired in after one minute, and remained Liverpool’s most threatening attacking threat throughout the game.
Mohamed Salah: 6 – A quiet day at the office for the Egyptian, couldn’t really find time on the ball after being swarmed by all Leicester players.
Roberto Firmino: 6 – Could have made it 2-0 mere minutes after Sadio Mane’s opener with a shot that was tipped away by Schmeichel, but after that the Brazilian faded into the background. Like Salah, couldn’t find himself time to work his magic.
Fabinho: 6 – Did alright, probably would have been more effective from the start though.
Adam Lallana: 5 – Merh
Daniel Sturridge: N/A