By ‘The Don’ – @donkopleone
After Jetro Willems had stunned Anfield early on by bending the ball into Adrián’s top corner, a stat began to circulate on Twitter.
Liverpool had won their four previous games in which they had conceded the opening goal at home. Truth be told, few expected anything different today, even with the Reds trailing.
As it was, the home side had already equalised, before Roberto Firmino’s introduction acted as a catalyst for Jürgen Klopp’s men discovering their attacking mojo.
It finished 3-1 to the league leaders, with two goals for Sadio Mané and a late third for Mohamed Salah. But who stood out individually?
Here’s how the Reds got on, right after a quick reminder of my rating system…
Adrián – 6.5: Had little of note to do, really. Had no chance of keeping out Jetro Willems’ sensational opener, but looked more composed with the ball at his feet.
Trent – 6.5: Arguably at fault for the Newcastle goal, in failing to prevent the shot, but a few trademark raking passes helped him recover and he could have found himself on the scoresheet late on.
Matip – 7: Dominant in the air against the impressive Joelinton. Another good performance after the Cameroonian’s great start to the season.
Virg – 8: Just oozed class for 90 minutes as he so often does.
Robbo – 8.5: This was comfortably the Scot’s best performance of the season, so far. Flew up and down that left flank and could have had more than the one assist that he provided for Sadio Mané’s opener.
Ox – 5.5: Looked hungry, but one of those days when nothing went right for him, it has to be said.
Fabinho – 8: Absolutely everywhere in the first half, when the Brazilian was arguably the Reds’ best performer, alongside Mané. Controlled the game after the interval.
Gini – 7.5: Very decent performance, almost capped by a brilliant volley that floated just over.
Mo – 8: Constant threat, a few delightful flicks and a wonderful goal to seal the three points.
Divock – 6: Sometimes when Divock is given the nod ahead of Roberto Firmino there doesn’t feel like a significant step down in quality. But this was not one of those occasions, even if the Belgian hardly played poorly. Came close with a flick header before being forced off with injury.
Mané – 8: One of the most clinical players in the league nowadays. Great curling finish to equalise, before a superb run in-behind bagged him a second.
Bobby – 9: Absolutely sumptuous performance, regardless of the fact that he was deemed not ready to start after a load of travelling. Two delightful and deserved assists. Man of the Match.
Milner – 6.5: Not a bad little cameo, but the game was over by the time he came on.
Shaqiri – N/A: Almost fell over the ball, which was funny. It went unpunished. Nice to see he’s alive.