By ‘The Don’ – @donkopleone
It’s difficult to say whether it was Liverpool’s immense quality or Huddersfield’s lack of any which was the key factor in the Red’s 5-0 victory over the already-relegated West Yorkshire outfit.
Naby Keita opened proceedings within the opening minute before braces from both Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah saw Liverpool embarrass the Terriers.
In all honesty, Jurgen Klopp’s side could have hit ten if they had ever felt the need to break out of second gear, but at times it felt like like the team had an eye on next week’s trip to Barcelona, despite the convincing scoreline.
Here’s how the players rated:
Alisson 6.5 – essentially a passenger on the pitch, barring one diving save which he may have made for the cameras.
Trent 8.5 – an excellent performance. I am often one of Trent’s few critics, but he seemed to create a chance every time he had possession today, and was defensively solid.
Lovren 7 – lacked Joel Matip’s ability to carry the ball out from the centre of defence, but dominated aerially. Almost popped in a half-volley late on as well.
Virgil 7.5 – uncharacteristically miscontrolled the ball on a few occasions, but I’m not sure he even lost possession in those instances. Another colossal display.
Robbo 7.5 – it feels strange to say a defender wasn’t at his best going forwards after they’ve popped up with two assists – nevertheless it felt like Trent was the superior wing-back today. That said, Robbo did set up two goals beautifully and it’s testament to how good the standard he’s set this season is that I’m not giving him a 9.
Gini 6 – did nothing wrong but was far too often overly cautious considering the quality of opposition we were facing.
Hendo 7.5 – alright in the first half, dominant in the second. Sumptuous delivery for Mane’s second.
Naby 7.5 – I arrived twenty seconds into the game, so only caught a glimpse of his early goal. Other than that, Keita’s tackling shone through in a dazzling central midfield display.
Salah 8 – standard Mo Salah performance. Frustrating in his desperation-to-score-cum-selfishness in the final third, yet the Egyptian picked up two goals to send him back to the top of the Premier League scoring charts.
Sturridge 6 – haven’t seen highlights so no idea if Studge was offside when converting a great ball from Trent. Fairly anonymous when compared with Salah and Mané either side of him, though. I still prefer Origi.
Mané 8.5 – is there a better attacking player in England right now? I don’t believe so. Sadio Mané leads the league in headed goals despite being 5”9. Incredible. (Should have made it a headed hat-trick though!)
Ox 7 – possibly should have scored but who gives a shite he’s a king amongst men and it’s great to see him back on the pitch.
Shaqiri 7.5 – great delivery when Mané struck the post. Beautiful ball to Robertson to create the fifth. Excellent cameo.
Joemez N/A – continued his return from injury with five minutes late on.