A tough evening for the Reds who travelled to Old Trafford to take on the Mourinho resurgence at United. A James Milner penalty ensured the Reds left with a score draw but who else impressed Jack Hallows? Here are his match ratings. As always, let us know yours in the comments below.
Simon Mignolet: 8 (Man of the Match) – Fantastic game from the Belgian in my opinion. Okay, he didn’t cover himself in glory for the goal but his defence didn’t help him there whatsoever. Great stops off Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic in the first half and put the former under enough pressure in the second to make him scuff a golden chance. Was also good to see him continue to look far more confident under crosses.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6.5 – The young right back did a decent enough job on his full Premier League debut – especially when you take the venue and context into consideration. Has a very good sense of when to get forward and when to defend. As is to perhaps be expected, his passing was off in the first period at times and he was beaten too easily on occasion. Not a horror debut by any stretch of the imagination, though.
Dejan Lovren: 7.5 – There were a few skewed clearances and the odd missed challenge but I personally thought Lovren was impressively calm under pressure for much of the 90 minutes. The Croatian can be frustrating on the ball at times but at the back, he stood tall against Ibrahimovic and didn’t allow the Swede huge amounts of joy until the goal.
Ragnar Klavan: 6 – As good as Klavan is on his day, Liverpool need a certain big Cameroonian back immediately. The Estonian was calm under pressure for the most part but he looked nervous and it showed in some poor passing, unusual positioning and the odd weak tackle.
James Milner: 8 – Fantastic game by Milner who responded superbly after a shocker at Saint Mary’s midweek. Put his penalty in with typical aplomb and while Mkhitaryan caught him out once in the second half, he was generally disciplined and impressive defensively.
Jordan Henderson: 7 – What a change it makes having him back. The tempo to Liverpool’s passing was much more impressive as he grew into the game and looked to act as their pendulum when on the ball. Bit well into tackles without giving away any cheap fouls and provided a calming influence ahead of his back four.
Emre Can: 7 – It didn’t all go the German’s way throughout the 90 minutes but this was much more of what we’re used to from Can. He gave everything the entire game, busted his lungs on every opportunity and looked to tackle and win the ball back whenever he could. Started the game poorly in possession before his decision making grew to be much more intelligent in the second half.
Gini Wijnaldum: 7 – 7s all round for the midfield. The Dutchman wasn’t as involved with the attacking play as maybe he’d have liked in the first period but he did well to track back and help out Milner on the left side whenever needed. Made a superb run into the United box in the second period but couldn’t control his header.
Adam Lallana: 7.5 – Was a much quieter afternoon for the Englishman than we’ve become accustomed to for much of this season. I’m still convinced he looks much more effective in a deeper role but his work rate still could not be questioned whatsoever as he gave Alexander-Arnold some stellar support whenever United got down his side. Had one snapshot in the second half but couldn’t get enough behind it to test De Gea.
Roberto Firmino: 7 – His off the ball work gets him a higher mark than I’ve seen a lot of people give him as he pressed hard and intelligently throughout, winning tackles high up in Man United’s half and pressuring them intensely throughout. Had a golden chance in the second half but the angle was too tight for him to adjust his body position.
Divock Origi: 6 – Had one effort that looked very much goal bound deflected behind by Jones early in the second period and gave the Reds an outlet up top to play the ball up to but didn’t offer huge amounts of threat. Was marshalled well by Jones and Rojo in fairness.
Philippe Coutinho: 7 – Had a massive influence on the game once coming one but just couldn’t find the little bit of magic to conjure up a game-winning goal. The Reds seemed to be given a major psychologic boost once he took the field and their passing and movement up top looked much more evasive and fluent.
Jürgen Klopp: 7 – Opted for what looked like a diamond in the end with Lallana in the 10 behind Origi and Firmino and the Reds intelligence in movement looked to be doing it’s best to work it’s way back into their play throughout much of the 90. With the way United played in the second half you wonder if most of our recent prior managers would’ve actually taken anything from this game but the German has ensured that at very least, there’s a steel about his team in big games of this magnitude.