Liverpool fielded another fringe side for their replay against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup while Jürgen Klopp also dotted in some first team stars to allow for extra match fitness ahead of Swansea at the weekend. The Reds finished victors thankfully but how did the lads get on? Here are Jack Hallows ratings.
Loris Karius: 6 – Distribution is still very impressive and he made one or two decent saves but he’s still not yet ready to take over the number one mantle. The German grew more and more suspect under crosses throughout the match and really failed to impress on the whole.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7 – Has a huge future in my eyes. Looked to get up and down the right-hand side with just as much frequency as you’d get out of Nathaniel Clyne and gave Plymouth very little joy down his side. Made an absolutely stellar last second challenge in the first half to save Moreno and Lucas’ blushes.
Joe Gomez: 7 – Gave away a few cheap fouls throughout but looks a very solid option for someone of his age and inexperience. Offers a lot of pace at the back and impressively doesn’t back down from a challenge. Used the ball simply but effectively at times.
Lucas Leiva: 6.5 – Was a little suspect defensively at times as the Plymouth forwards looked to just beat him purely with pace but put the Reds 1-0 up after 18 minutes with his first goal in six and a half years. Moved the ball quickly from the back.
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Alberto Moreno: 6 – Was targeted by Plymouth throughout as they looked to get at him down his side but he was bailed out by his defensive teammates at times. Looked good getting forward, however, as his pace provided huge problems for the Plymouth defence. Won a penalty late on.
Kevin Stewart: 6 – Not an impressive showing by any stretch of the imagination but he didn’t do anything glaringly wrong or destructive to the Reds’ chances. In all honesty, I genuinely forgot he was playing around an hour in.
Ovie Ejaria: 6 – Didn’t have huge amounts of success across the 90 minutes. Looks elegant and confident in possession but didn’t really have an influence on proceedings.
Philippe Coutinho: 7 – Showcased his passing range beautifully at times throughout the game with one diagonal ball to TAA in the first half catching the eye and was full of his usual mazy dribbling and stellar ball control throughout. Assisted Lucas’ goal with a lovely delivery from a corner.
Ben Woodburn: 7 – Full of running and effort throughout and while not everything he did came off, he looked wonderfully up for it. Doesn’t possess lightning pace but his quick feet and direct style of play are a joy to watch.
Divock Origi: 5 – Hard to decide really who was worse out of Sturridge or Origi in all honesty. Fielded in a wider role, Origi struggled to get into the game and when he was brought into action he consistently failed to keep hold of possession. Took a late penalty and loses another mark as he hit it straight down the throat of the goalkeeper, to sum up his night.
Daniel Sturridge: 5.5 – Had one effort in the second half that stung the palms of the goalkeeper but overall, it was another below-par performance from the Englishman. His movement was telegraphed at times, his passing was poor and he rarely threatened. Worrying signs for a man of his talent but it’s tough not to back him to recover.
Harry Wilson: 7 – I like the look of Wilson. Like Woodburn, he was full of energy and running throughout, chasing down lost causes and looking to pressure Plymouth at every opportunity. His pressure almost paid off just moments after he came on as he almost deflected a clearance into the Plymouth net.
Sheyi Ojo: 6 – Booked for a dive just minutes after coming on and looked a little unsure when in possession. Still returning from injury so can’t be too critical.
Jürgen Klopp: 8 – Gave his young boys a chance once again while also ensuring Sturridge and Coutinho get more minutes and improve their match fitness. Will be frustrated that the Reds didn’t manage to convert more of their chances throughout – the penalty especially – but will just be happy to progress.