Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool: Ratings as Reds perform better but still fall short in FA Cup

DON KOPLEONE rates the Liverpool players as they crashed out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford.

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Well, the bad run goes on. Liverpool went to Old Trafford, looking to right some wrongs and regain some confidence.

In some respects, they will have succeeded in the latter part- having failed to find the net in four league games, the Reds created chances throughout this contest, and Mo Salah seemed to rediscover his goalscoring boots.

It was Salah who broke the deadlock, in fact, after a terrific pass from Roberto Firmino.

But throughout the game, Manchester United looked dangerous on the counter-attack. Before half-time one such break had levelled the scoring, and another just after the interval saw the hosts take the lead.


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Rhys Williams never looked comfortable all game and was caught out badly as United went ahead for the first time in the game.

Again, Liverpool started to play some nice football in response, and soon found an equaliser of their own- Salah on the scoresheet for a second time.

But, even with the visitors in the ascendency, you never felt confident that they would win the game. And a late Bruno Fernandes free-kick saw Jürgen Klopp’s men depart from the FA Cup.

A brighter performance, but a central defender is desperately needed.

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Starting XI

Ali 6 – Might feel disappointed with Fernandes’ free-kick winner, but the Brazilian seemed unsighted by Paul Pogba. Cannot be blamed for the previous two, which were both excellent finishes. Swept up well.

Trent 6 – I think we’re currently seeing how pivotal it is for Trent to have Jordan Henderson in beside him. The Reds’ skipper is so quick to cover the youngster’s gaps if and when he has bombed forward. With no Henderson today, though, whenever Trent lost possession high up the pitch, Liverpool looked vulnerable.

Rhys 4.5 – About as bad a game as the youngster could have had. I don’t want to give Williams grief- he just does not seem ready to be starting in games as big as today’s, against players as good as Marcus Rashford. Liverpool *need* to buy another, more experienced central defender in this coming week.

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Fabs 6.5 – Free-kick conceded for what was ultimately the United winner was both a harsh decision and an unnecessary challenge. Impressed otherwise, alongside a young man devoid of confidence.

Robbo 6 – Fairly quiet display, by the Scot’s standards. Most of Liverpool’s attacks came down the right.

Gini 6 – Tactically seemed to be asked to push himself further – and more frequently – forward, and didn’t always seem especially comfortable doing so.

ThiaGOAT 7 – The liveliest amongst the Reds’ midfield starters, again. Not quite at his domineering best, though, and tired in the second half.

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Milly 6 – Frequently loses possession or brings pressure upon himself with heavy touches at the moment. Shot a loose ball over from close-range. Delightful dummy for Salah’s second, however.

Mo 8 – The Egyptian’s touch and link-up weren’t at their best, but two very well taken goals hopefully suggest that his killer instinct is back. Sumptuous chip for the opener.

Bobby 7.5 – Passing was back to the level we have come to expect, as evidenced by the two assists, of which the first was a perfectly-weighted ball. Still looks toothless in front of goal, however.

CJ 6 – I won’t penalise the young man too harshly for looking uncomfortable filling in in a new position. Came into the game a little more when moved back into midfield.

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Subs

Sadio 6.5 – Didn’t really influence enough.

Little Shaq 6.5 – My stream was all over the place for the last ten minutes, so I have no idea truth be told. Saw one poor corner from the Swiss, though.

Divvy 6.5 – Ditto, but no corner.


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