A shambles at Anfield is all I can say. Jack Hallows gives his player ratings on Liverpool’s worst performance of the season and does his best not to use a large amount of profanity while doing so.
Simon Mignolet: 5 – Didn’t make a save and shipped three. None of the goals were directly his fault but there is the feeling he could’ve done somewhat better for at least the third. Three shots on target faced, three conceded tells you everything about his afternoon.
Nathaniel Clyne: 5.5 – Had huge amounts of space throughout on the right-hand side but really offered little going forward. Was surprisingly poor in defence at times as well, not least for the third goal.
Dejan Lovren: 5 – Awful. Headed behind unnecessarily for the corner that led to the first goal and was caught woefully out of position for the third goal. Looked nervous the entire 90 minutes.
Ragnar Klavan: 4 – Even worse than Lovren to be honest. Earned a cheap yellow and was out jumped by Llorrente for Swansea’s second while his unwillingness to make a tackle led to their third.
James Milner: 6 – Only one of the back five who actually looked somewhat decent throughout. Assisted Firmino’s first with a nice cross and wasn’t caught out constantly in the manner that the others were. Set piece taking was once again rubbish.
Jordan Henderson: 6 – Put in a glorious cross that Can headed over early on but struggled to make a huge impression in the first half. Gave the ball away a lot in the first period trying to spring counter attacks and looked frustrated by half time. Had a slightly better second half but struggled to provide ample cover for a struggling back four and ‘keeper.
Emre Can: 4.5 – Headed over early on with a chance that he should’ve been at least testing the keeper with and just looked slow and off the pace during the first half. Didn’t pick up at all in the second half and to put it kindly he looks as if he desperately needs a spell on the sidelines for a while.
Gini Wijnaldum: 6 – A superb cross into the box for Firmino’s second goal but other than that offered precious little throughout. The Dutchman’s usual crispness in possession was nowhere to be seen for much of the game and his defensive cover was lacking immensely.
Adam Lallana: 6.5 – Attempted the spectacular with a bicycle kick from a Firmino cross but struggled to have the same influence he’s enjoyed in the midfield of late from his advanced role. Full of his usual tricks and flicks but it was entirely not his day as shown by him missing an open net by heading over.
Roberto Firmino: 8 (Man of the Match) – The only player who can leave the ground with his head held high. Scored two brilliant goals to drag Liverpool back into it only for his teammates to let him down. Looked much better playing centrally than he has done in recent weeks.
Philippe Coutinho: 6.5 – Dropped deep, pushed wide, switched right, came central but nothing he tried managed to help him in the end as Swansea’s park the bus tactic saw his creativity stifled. Still finding his way back and there were encouraging glimpses of his quality but he just couldn’t find that moment of magic.
Daniel Sturridge:6 – Tried his best but couldn’t make any real impact with a lack of service from his creative teammates. Almost set up Lallana with a flick after the Englishman had hit the bar but he headed over.
Divock Origi: 6 – Stung the palms of Fabianski as the ball fell to him from a corner but failed to add much threat.
Joel Matip: N/A – Should’ve been started, but is lacking match fitness.
Jürgen Klopp: 6 – Despite both Sturridge and Origi having recent issues, it was a poor decision to start both Wijnaldum and Can – especially given Can’s recent form. Lallana struggled in a more attacking role while the midfield duo ahead of Henderson looked slow, uncreative and confused throughout. Did make two proactive substitutions to introduce Sturridge and Origi and drop Lallana back into his preferred midfield role but it wasn’t enough. Should’ve started Matip really as well.