By Lewis Rooke – @LV_Rooke
Liverpool suffered another major blow in the race for the Premier League title as they could only draw 1-1 against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium, with a performance that was as lifeless as it could possibly be.
Manchester City have the opportunity to leapfrog the Reds at the summit with a win against Everton on Wednesday – in the same week where Liverpool could have found themselves seven points clear had they obtained the wins expected of them.
Here’s how the Reds rated…
Alisson: 6 – Made a few good saves in the first half to keep West Ham at bay, but little he could do against Michail Antonio’s goal. Almost headed into Andy Carroll at the death.
James Milner: 6 – Did his duties while deputising at right back but was unspectacular throughout, the attacking impetus Trent Alexander-Arnold provides is sorely missed.
Joel Matip: 5.5 – As with James Milner, the sight of Matip at centre back makes me long for the return of the brilliant Joe Gomez. Doesn’t look assured at all and his surges forward make me anxious.
Virgil van Dijk: 7 – Sound at the back as usual, one can only imagine his words in the dressing room after the match,.
Andy Robertson: 6 – Did well up and down the left flank, but couldn’t help but feel his frustration when he let fly from an overly ambitious drive from the edge of the area.
Naby Keita: 5.5 – Fell asleep as Michail Antonio peeled away from him from a well-rehearsed free-kick to score the equaliser. Grew more into the second half in what was a far more promising sighter as to what he can offer in a Liverpool shirt. Still, he has to up his game considerably.
Fabinho: 5.5 – Shifted it round in the midfield with no dramatics, but didn’t offer anything much else either.
Adam Lallana: 6.5 – Stunning footwork on the wing in the build-up to Sadio Mane’s opener, which was deservedly rewarded. Faded a bit after that, but the Englishman will have done himself no harm in forcing his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the remainder of the season.
Sadio Mane: 6 – Put away the opener that saw steam emit from Martin Tyler’s ears due to the offside that was not called in the build-up. Faded as the game wore on sadly, as did his companions up top.
Roberto Firmino: 3 – Uncharacteristically had many poor touches throughout the match, touches that stifled any rare promising attack Liverpool had. Substituted and rightly so.
Mohamed Salah: 5.5 – Had one or two opportunities here and there but couldn’t find himself a stronghold in the game, the Egyptian was truly kept quiet tonight.
Xherdan Shaqiri: 5 – Ran around a bit, didn’t really offer much else.
Divock Origi: N/A – Had a chance to win it at the death Derby-day style, but fluffed his lines.