Liverpool began their FA Cup run with a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Plymouth Argyle as their youngest ever XI failed to break down their opponent’s park the bus tactics. Here areJack Hallows’ player ratings from the stalemate.
Loris Karius – 6 – Literally didn’t have a save to make throughout the game and would’ve been forgiven for going and sitting in the Kop in the first half. He’ll have more taxing afternoons in his career, that’s for sure.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6.5 – Looked to get forward whenever possible as he wasn’t really caused any problems on the back foot. His final ball was lacking throughout unfortunately but his energy and willingness to run himself ragged are plus points.
Joe Gomez – 7 – Made a long-awaited return to first team football after over 15 months out and it can definitely be said that he didn’t disappoint. Looked a little rusty at times – as you’d expect from someone with such a long layoff – but his composure in possession, ability to read the game and cover for Alexander-Arnold when necessary all impressed.
Lucas Leiva – 6.5 – Made a typical Lucas error late on but that moment aside put in a steady showing. Used the ball well, pushing higher up the pitch to join in build up play and was rarely tested defensively as Plymouth looked to park a double-decker bus.
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Alberto Moreno – 5 – Like the rest of the defence he was untested by Plymouth’s attacking players but he loses rating points on how poor his delivery was throughout. Regularly picked the wrong ball and his crossing was wayward at best.
Kevin Stewart – 5 – As always it was a performance full of simple passes, underwhelming use of the ball and the occasional hard tackling moment. Not creative enough to be a Liverpool number 6.
Emre Can – 6.5 – Commanded a makeshift midfield three impressively, regularly winning back possession and using the ball intelligently for the most part in possession. Looked frustrated in the second period as he started shooting from distance at every opportunity.
Ovie Ejaria – 6 – His least productive display of the season so far as he struggled to break down the resolute Plymouth back 10. Always looks effortless on the ball and his technical ability is very impressive. Made an impression but certainly didn’t impress as much as he has done previously.
Ben Woodburn – 7 – The Welsh youngster impressed me massively throughout the game despite looking frustrated in the second period. Showed smart, quick feet on more than one occasion and was highly unlucky not to get a goal in the first period as Plymouth’s keeper made a smart save. Sent a decent cross in towards Ojo at one point in the second period too.
Sheyi Ojo – 5 – Really poor performance from the youngster who failed to find his feet on his return to first team football. His movement and pace were impressive but everything else was lacking entirely. Should’ve done better with a huge headed chance early on.
Divock Origi – 5 – Underwhelming performance from Origi who struggled to grab his chance with both hands. Was unlucky to have his goal in the first half ruled out after a tussle with a Plymouth defender but other than that, he didn’t really provide huge amounts of attacking threat.
Daniel Sturridge – 7 – Saw one effort trickle just wide and came very close with another two as he looked to inject some attacking purpose and skill into Liverpool’s play. The Englishman was in the end very lucky not to be the difference between the sides yesterday.
Roberto Firmino – 6.5 – Hung in one good cross from Sturridge that the Englishman couldn’t keep down and exhibited quick feet as he drifted in off the left-hand side.
Adam Lallana – 6 – Looked a man on a mission but his running and fast feet couldn’t help Liverpool grab a breakthrough. In fairness, neither he or Firmino had much time to make a difference.
Jurgen Klopp – 7 – I applaud his decision to give the youngsters a go and personally, I’d do exactly the same in the replay. The likes of Ejaria, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold and Ojo are all huge talents for the future and this is their best way to get game time so they should be given a chance against these sides. The main area Klopp loses marks again is in his substitutions. While I applaud the decision to play the youngsters and the early introduction of Sturridge, Firmino and Lallana weren’t given enough time to really influence the game. Hindsight, however, is a wonderful thing.