Jack Hallows delivers, rather happily, more positive player ratings after some poor performances from Liverpool in recent games.
Simon Mignolet – 7 – Didn’t really do anything wrong during his return to the first team line-up. Made a sharp save from a Fischer cross-shot in the first half and was confident when coming to claim crosses and corners. Well done, man.
Nathaniel Clyne – 7.5 – Delivered a super cross into a perfect area for Lallana to thud home with his forehead and was his usual consistent self defensively. Good use of the ball and once he grew into the game the home side had no joy whatsoever down his side.
Dejan Lovren – 7.5 – Started a little shakily but after a solid sliding challenge to prevent a Boro counter attack he upped his game immensely. Was brilliant at stepping up and out of the back line and used the ball cleverly.
Ragnar Klavan – 7.5 – Was a real ‘hard-ass’ throughout, using his body to shield the ball often and sending Middlesbrough players flying in the challenge. Great work by the Estonian to fill in the huge shoes of Joel Matip.
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James Milner – 7 – Wasn’t a bad night for Milner but he was evidently stretched against the pace of Adama Traore across the 90 minutes. His crossing was also a little off throughout but his use of the ball otherwise was very good.
Jordan Henderson – 7 – Was solid and kept it simple throughout but could’ve been a little more adventurous with his passing rather than looking to take the safe option constantly. A good game from the skipper, however, who seems to have really made the number 6 role his own.
Gini Wijnaldum – 7 – Was another quiet game from the Dutchman but he used his possession smartly and while he goes under the radar for large periods, he keeps things ticking over well. Needs to up his threat levels going forward for me, however.
Adam Lallana – 9 (Man of the Match) – Has to be his best game in a Liverpool shirt without a doubt. A solid header, a simple left-footed finish and a beautiful pass to tee up Origi were all sandwiched in between gorgeous dribbles and smart passing. Has become absolutely integral to this Liverpool side and his driving runs from deep have transformed him entirely.
Sadio Mane – 8.5 – Had an absolutely fantastic game for me. Was unlucky not to get on the score sheet being denied by the post in the first half and was at the centre of all three of Liverpool’s goals. Great stuff by the Senegalese forward who looked to have his drive and pace back after a couple of quieter matches.
Divock Origi – 8 – Grew into the game after a slow start, capping off a brilliant team move with a cool tap in finish for his fifth goal in five consecutive games. Grew massively in confidence after the goal and teed up Lallana’s second with a lovely inviting low cross. Looked equally able out wide as well.
Roberto Firmino – 6.5 – Was dreadful in the first half but Klopp moved him into a more central role in the second period, almost playing off Origi rather than out wide of him and he grew immensely. Not everything he tried came off but the signs were much better from him.
Luca Leiva – 6 – Came on to shore things up and keep the clean sheet.
Ovie Ejaria – N/A – Some more minutes to add to his experience scrapbook.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – N/A – See above.
Jurgen Klopp – 8 – Made smart tactical changes throughout to ensure Liverpool kept a clean sheet without taking their foot off the gas and was ruthless in his decision to drop Loris Karius for Simon Mignolet. While he was always limited for substitution options it was nice to see him make tactical tweaks throughout and to send on Lucas as his first sub to keep things tight.
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