Leicester City 3-1 Liverpool: Ratings as Reds fall apart after near dominance

DON KOPLEONE rates the Reds on an afternoon which exposed the Liverpool players’ mental frailties even further.

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What can you do? Liverpool played well here – not for the first time in this horrid, horrid run, by the way – but these grim results are becoming far too frequent an occurrence, sadly.

It’s almost as if this team is setting up to play as they would with a fully-fit, unhampered first team, when the reality is much is missing from the side.

Midfield energy, lacking. Defensive awareness, gone. Set-piece dominance, a distant memory. And we look vulnerable to any and every counter-attack, a sinking feeling that Virgil van Dijk’s presence had eradicated.


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Once again I don’t want to have to write too much here. But Liverpool lost today due to lack of understanding between individuals with no experience of playing together.

At 80 minutes, you could have said it had been a great away performance. By 95 you were tearing your hair out.

Anyway, ratings:

Starting XI

Ali 7.5 – With a central defender who knows his keeper, we’re all here singing Ali’s praises right now. Made some crucial saves throughout.

Trent 7 – Actually turned up, with some very impressive defensive work and an attacking threat throughout. Unlucky to be on the losing side.

OK 5.5 – Costly errors came down to communication issues. What can you do?

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Hendo 6.5 – Brilliant, sweeping pass almost set Salah through within ten minutes. Defensive positioning occasionally questionable, but he is a central midfielder, after all.

Robbo 6.5 – More involved offensively today. Shame he can’t shoot.

Milly 6.5 – Started brightly but quickly picked up a knock. Hopefully it’s not too serious. We can do without the extra injuries.

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Gini 6.5 – Team lost structure when the Dutchman departed.

CJ 6 – Floated in and out of the game – one of Liverpool’s brightest sparks when alive, but looked lost at times.

Mo 6.5 – Screwed up a huge early chance, nailed a perfect finish to take the lead and then lost the ball very cheaply directly in the lead up to Leicester’s third. Definition of a mixed bag.

Bobby 7 – Pressed as effectively as he has in a while, and despite some slopping passing, the Brazilian’s moment of magic should have won his side the game. But it didn’t.

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Sadio 6 – End product was horrid, at times, but the Senegalese ran with the ball between the lines as well as he has in a long time today.

Subs

ThiaGOAT 6.5 – Some naive decisions but some delightful passing.

Ox 6.5 – Decent on-ball showing but not enough involvement.

Little Shaq 6.5 – Some neat touches in an ultimately ineffective cameo.


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