Southampton 1-0 Liverpool: Ratings as Reds forget to take shooting boots to St Mary’s

DON KOPLEONE rates the uninspiring Reds after they failed to lay a glove on Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton side.

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Once again, you won’t want to read too much here.

This is Liverpool’s worst run of league form in about three years. And while the visitors could argue that on the balance of play they didn’t deserve to lose on a Monday night trip to Southampton, their first-half performance was as bad as there has been under Jürgen Klopp.

The team looked like it was lacking in structure, cohesion and understanding.


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It was a 1-0 loss which saw the Reds surrender control of the Premier League summit.

I’m too upset to discuss this any further – so here are your ratings:

Starting XI

Ali 5.5 – Could have cost the team a second with his panicky rush out from goal.

Trent 4.5 – Shocking. Failed to clear for the opener and gave the ball away 38 times, apparently – a figure which won’t come as a surprise to the spectator.

Hendo 6.5 – Playing a new position, the skipper was not the problem tonight. Looked uncomfortable in the first half but made some key interventions as the game progressed.

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Fab 6.5 – Likewise, not exactly a good performance, but you couldn’t ask for too much more from the makeshift centre-half. And he was totally clear of blame for the Southampton goal.

Robbo 6 – Started as poorly as he ever is, but became more involved in the second half.

Ox 4.5 – Looked lost, uncomfortable on the ball and generally really, really poor.

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ThiaGOAT 6 – The first half was his worst on English soil, although the Spaniard was key to the *slight* improvement in the second period. Booked early on and might have been substituted as protection.

Gini 6 – Similar to Thiago. Definitely improved after the break but didn’t stamp any authority on the midfield early on.

Mo 5 – I cannot think of a game in which the Egyptian has been less involved since he arrived at Liverpool.

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Bobby 5.5 – Spell of improved form looks to have quickly fallen away. Couldn’t get involved in the build-up and offered no bite in the Southampton box.

Sadio 7 – Comfortably the visitors’ best attacker, and deserved to win a penalty after beating Kyle Walker-Peters with ease.

Subs

Little Shaq 6.5 – Decent interplay and work-rate but failed to find the final ball that usually comes to the Swiss so naturally.

Milly 6 – Failed to adjust to the tempo but was still an improvement on Trent.


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