Jack Hallows discusses the individual performance of each Liverpool player who took part in the draw at Anfield against struggling West Ham.
Loris Karius – 5/10 – Did nothing to silence his critics with poor positioning when failing to deal with a Payet free kick and poor decision making when failing to deal with Antonio. Distribution wasn’t terrible and he did well late on to punch away from Carroll but overall, another poor display from the keeper.
Nathaniel Clyne – 6.5/10 – Solid as usual and dealt with Payet generally very well, forcing him to try playing down the right a lot in the second half. Failed to really provide any attacking spark in the final third, however, and blazed a poor attempt over the bar from close range.
Joel Matip – 7/10 – I’ve seen others blame him for Antonio’s goal but it took a nasty deflection that put him out of position. Wasn’t his best performance for the Reds but he was still one of our better players and looked solid for the most part.
Dejan Lovren – 6/10 – Looked solid for the most part of his 45 minutes but his use of the ball wasn’t fantastic. Subbed at half time apparently through injury but this hasn’t been confirmed.
James Milner – 6/10 – Wasn’t too bad on the back foot but his corners were very poor throughout. His Crossing was decent and he was unlucky not to have anyone on the end of one or two brilliant balls towards the end.
Jordan Henderson – 7.5/10 – Has been slated by some but I felt he was one of our best performers. Kept the ball moving well, had a stinging shot that was denied only by a ridiculous save from Randolph and did well on the back foot too. Corners were very poor, however.
Gini Wijnaldum – 6/10 – He’s a good footballer and he’s very pleasing to watch in full flow but he was wasteful against West Ham and snatched at a number of chances. Is meant to be the more attacking one when compared with Emre Can but with the German having scored three goals this season and Wijnaldum just one, he may find it hard to justify that claim.
Adam Lallana – 7/10 – Opened the scoring in the fifth minute and put in a typically good performance throughout, moving the ball quickly and generally being involved in Liverpool’s best attacking moves. Looked unsurprisingly tired by the end given his lack of football of late.
Sadio Mane – 7.5/10 – Had his best all-round game in a few weeks for the Reds, assisting Lallana’s goal and being unlucky not to get on the score sheet throughout. Lost his way a little late on as he evidently grew frustrated, picking up a yellow card.
Roberto Firmino – 5.5/10 – Another poor game from the Brazilian who has struggled since Coutinho’s injury. Looked isolated and frustrated on the left-hand side and it seemed everything he tried just didn’t want to come off for him. Klopp is surely going to be tempted to move him back centrally after two poor performances on the left.
Divock Origi – 6/10 – Scored his fourth goal in as many games but struggled on the whole to get into the match with the commentators bemoaning his lack of movement and decision making throughout. Has a lot of pace and strength but just doesn’t possess Firmino’s intelligence or work rate.
Ragnar Klavan – 6/10 – Brought on for Lovren and looked solid during his 45 minutes however he was rarely tested to be fair. Passing and use of the ball was impressive.
Jurgen Klopp – 6/10 – Klopp had to pick this XI with injuries to Can, Sturridge and Coutinho practically deciding his line up for him. However, while Ejaria, Alexander-Arnold and Woodburn aren’t the most well-known names, fresh legs were much needed towards the end. Was also surprised at how calm he was with the German known to get very animated when things aren’t going right.