Liverpool were beaten at home for the second time in five days as Southampton moved on to Wembley at their expense with a frustrating 1-0 victory. Claude Puel’s team parked a disciplined bus and the Reds just couldn’t break it down. Did anyone impress Jack Hallows?
Loris Karius: 7 – Saved the Reds in the first period with a fantastic smothered save and did the same in the second half when called upon. Looked a lot more assured than I’ve seen from him for much of the season. Dealt with the very few crosses into his box with ease.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 5.5 -| Not a great night for the young right back but what more can you really expect? He’s only 18. He’s not going to come in and suddenly morph into Dani Alves. Looked susceptible defensively and his crossing became aimless in the second half.
Joel Matip: 6.5 – Not at his best but it’s always going to be tough when you have to cover both centre back positions most of the time. Passing was intelligent and crisp and his ability in the air was never in question.
Dejan Lovren: 6 – Started awfully in truth but was less noticeably poor as he grew into the game. That was however, down to having much less to do more than anything to do with his ability. Is a good player when he’s feeling good about his game but one wonders whether he’s suffering a huge lack of confidence of late.
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James Milner: 6 – Not a good night from Milner who’s been Mr. Reliable for much of this season but struggled for much of the 90 minutes to have a positive impact. Was sloppy in possession early on and was caught out of position on a few occasions as Southampton pushed forward through the wide areas.
Jordan Henderson: 6.5 – Tackled well, recycled possession well and put in a couple of wonderful crosses, one of which Sturridge should absolutely be doing better with. Looked frustrated as the game went on resulting in a few poor and rushed decisions.
Adam Lallana: 6 – A fairly poor night from Lallana despite starting in his favoured midfield role. Gave away a number of cheap fouls throughout and his final ball lacked purpose far too often.
Emre Can: 6 – Wasn’t anywhere near as awful as he was against Swansea or in the first leg of this fixture for that matter. Still, however, the German looks off the pace, confused and one-dimensional of late and it was a real surprise to see him picked to start the match. Almost got lucky with one stinging shot that crept through Forster’s palms but the English ‘keeper recovered just in time.
Roberto Firmino: 6.5 – Worked hard the entire 90 minutes but just couldn’t find a position to get the goal or create an assist. Looked frustrated out wide on the right and failed to provide the kind of outlet Klopp might have hoped for.
Daniel Sturridge: 6 – Missed two chances in the second half and while the second was tough, no matter what form he’s in he should be scoring the first every time. His movement was far more impressive throughout but there’s no denying he’s a man struggling for form and potentially confidence.
Philippe Coutinho: 6.5 – Made some gorgeous balls forward to pick out teammates and came close to scoring in the second half with a trademark effort but was just inches away from finding the target. One of the Reds most influential players on the night but that’s not saying huge amounts.
Divock Origi: 6 – Couldn’t really make an impact with Southampton sitting so deep in their own box – nine players behind the ball constantly will always be frustrating. Didn’t get a look in.
Gini Wijnaldum: N/A – Given five minutes.
Jürgen Klopp: 6 – Continues to baffle by starting Emre Can in midfield and was far less proactive with his substitutes than he should’ve been. One does wonder whether he’s just really unhappy with his bench options. Will need to do a lot more work on getting Liverpool to learn how to break down a bus because it’s becoming a joke now.