By ‘The Don’ – @donkopleone
It was certainly a case of two points dropped rather than one point gained as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Few reds stood out in a positive sense, but had Jurgen Klopp’s men been able to take their chances they would have regained top spot in the Premier League table. As it is, Liverpool trail title rivals Manchester City by a solitary point with nine league games left in their battle.
Nevertheless, ratings have to be given regardless of how depressing/concerning the performance, so here they are (along with a reminder that I use 6.5 as my base rating, being a child of the ‘Football Manager’ era):
Alisson 6.5 – some nervy kicking early on, but the Brazilian pulled off a couple of smart stops in the second half.
Trent 7 – one of the Reds’ better performers on a generally disappointing day.
Matip 7 – mostly impressive, almost earning an assist when he found Salah in the box.
Virgil 8 – not for the first time this season, the Dutchman looked head and shoulders above everyone else. Gary Neville burst out on the 85th minute, “What. A. Player.”, which says a lot. All but secured both POTY awards today.
Robbo 6.5 – Wednesday night aside, this could be Andrew Robertson’s worst spell of form since he locked down a starting spot in Liverpool red. Hardly a poor showing, but he seems to be lacking the attacking quality we have come to expect of him.
Hendo 5.5 – alright first half, offered nothing in the second period. Thought he was the prime candidate to be hooked when Sadio Mané was taken off.
Fab 7 – arguably the Reds’ best performer before the break, the Brazilian then squandered a gilt-edged opportunity late on, following a Van Dijk header across goal.
Gini 5.5 – Gini delivered his worst performance in a long time, apparently registering just twelve ball involvements during the first forty-five.
Salah 5 – an embarrassing performance from the Egyptian, in all honesty. Failed to score with two very good chances, before he wasted a 4 v 3 opportunity, chipping the ball into Jordan Pickford’s short but grateful arms.
Mané 6 – never got into the game. Not as wasteful as Salah was, but disappointing nonetheless. Still, I was stunned when Klopp subbed the Senegalese, considering his recent form.
Origi 6.5 – the best of Liverpool’s starting front three, although that doesn’t say much. It did look like he was starting to tire when subbed off which is understandable considering his good defensive work.
Firmino 6.5 – some nice moments, felt he could have made the difference with more pitch time.
Milner 5 – awful. Heavy touches repeatedly lost late Liverpool momentum.
Lallana N/A – why he was brought on ahead of Shaqiri only Klopp knows.