Player Ratings: AFC Bournemouth 4 – 3 Liverpool FC

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Jordan Henderson of Liverpool looks dejected in defeat after the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.
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Plenty of low ratings from Liverpool’s capitulation at Vicarage Road with only three players scoring a seven or higher. 

Loris Karius – 5 Jekyll and Hyde performance from Karius who did well to make one or two good saves but overall had an absolute shocker. Spilled a shot to allow Bournemouth to score a late winner, should’ve probably got down better for the third goal and even a save when 3-1 up was unconvincingly turned over the bar as he flapped at it.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7.5 One of the better defensive players on the day and it could’ve been an entirely different story had Origi tapped in his delightful ball across the six-yard box early on. Had Liverpool’s best pass accuracy on the day.

Lucas Leiva – 5.5 Played some nice passes out from the back and looked to fill the gap left by Matip but was defensively worrying a fair bit. Was bullied off the ball more than once and the lack of communication between himself and Lovren was startling.

Dejan Lovren – 4 A decent enough first half suddenly deteriorated as he went from solid to liquid in the second period. His poor header led to Milner’s desperate attempt that won Bournemouth a penalty and both of the next two goals were as a result of his errors too. Virgil Van Dijk to sign in January then?

James Milner – 6 Penalty hero to penalty zero in this match unfortunately as his last second effort to stop Bournemouth resulted in the penalty for their opener. Didn’t do much else wrong, though, to be fair.

Jordan Henderson – 5.5 A rare poor game from the skipper this season as he was positionally all over the place. Seemed to take it upon himself to man mark Jack Wilshere which saw him pulled out wide far too often. A great low pass for Origi’s goal early on was impressive but after picking up a yellow card he seemed reluctant to make any challenges whatsoever.

Emre Can – 8.5 One of few who can come away with his head held high. A stellar long ball found Mane for the first goal and his long-range belter looked to have sealed the victory with 25 minutes to go. Sadly it wasn’t to be. Could’ve been more aware defensively but I felt he was the best player on the pitch in a Liverpool shirt.

Gini Wijnaldum – 6.5 Another quiet game from the Dutchman who kept possession ticking over in the first half but faded into obscurity during the second period. After an impressive first half I was disappointed with his second-period performance but he was in fairness still decent in his role.

Sadio Mane – 7 Seemed to be playing within himself throughout and one wonders if he was already carrying the injury that forced him off. Still contributed the Reds first goal and assisted Can’s thumper. Was at his most effective as usual when he decided to take on the defence.

Roberto Firmino – 5 Really poor game from the Brazilian who surprisingly looked lost on the left hand side after having played so well in that role on the few occasions this season he’s had to. Mistimed challenges, poor passes, bad touches and a left footed shot high into the crowd sum up his afternoon.

Divock Origi – 6 There are a lot of people impressed with his performance but personally he needs to do a lot better than that. Missed a sitter in the opening ten minutes before rectifying with a lovely finish from a Henderson through pass but disappeared completely after scoring. His misplaced pass sprung the counter that saw Bournemouth score their third and probably could’ve done better with his effort late on that he sent over the bar. Goal was nice though.

Substitutes:

Adam Lallana – 6 Played like a man returning from injury and needing to ease his way in which wasn’t really what the situation called for. Isn’t to blame for the loss, though.

Manager:

Jurgen Klopp – 6 Hindered by a real lack of bench options but his choice to play Lucas over Klavan surprised me a fair bit. One feels, with Mamadou Sakho out of the picture, he needs to sign a new centre back in January, especially after this performance brought back old frailties. There wasn’t much he could do differently and you could see his surprise at his players capitulation by his angry demeanour on the touchlines.

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  1. Klopp should try to lock-up games that we’re winning with big margin, rather than attacking all through game. Bournemouth game should be a lesson. Tanx.

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