What an awful performance from the Reds as they crash out of their second cup competition in a matter of days. January has been a wretched month for the Reds and the player ratings were certainly not enjoyable this time round for Jack Hallows.
Loris Karius: 4.5 – Glued to his line for the first goal which, despite Origi’s lack of defensive tracking, he should’ve come for. Can hardly be blamed for it but was admittedly far too eager to slide in for the second when the Reds were hit on the counter-attack.
Conor Randall: 4 – Offered nothing going forward, was dreadful defensively and just genuinely looked like a Sunday League fill in. Surely cannot have a Liverpool future if this team wants to win something.
Joe Gomez: 6 – The more proactive of the centre-backs as he looked to get forward and join in the attack when he could. Did his best to make things happen and looked to slip passes in behind the Wolves defence when he could but was unable to really make anything happen. Made a few very good tackles late on when Wolves looked to break.
Ragnar Klavan: 4 – Never looked comfortable against the pace of Costa and Dicko up top and continued his worrying spiral into a spell of really poor form of late. Didn’t look good enough to play for Liverpool today.
Alberto Moreno: 5 – Pace was an outlet throughout the 90 minutes but as usual he lacked final product. His crossing was off and there were multiple occasions when he gave the ball away lazily on the break. Corners were dreadful as per usual.
Lucas Leiva: 4.5 – It’s in games like this that expose just how passed it Lucas looks when faced with players willing to run at him with pace. His lack of legs are increasingly worrying and he’s becoming genuinely useless in the midfield. Looks better at centre back but questions still hover over exactly what he offers other than experience. Made a great block late on to salvage an extra .5 to his rating.
Gini Wijnaldum: 4.5 – Kept the ball moving but to no real purpose. Offered very little going forward and struggled to provide huge amounts of defensive cover in the first half in particular.
Ovie Ejaria: 5 – Had some silky touches throughout including a lovely nutmeg in the first half to cap off a mazy run but seems reluctant to make a decision in the box at crucial times. Was impressive at times but only in glimpses.
Ben Woodburn: 6 – Best of a bad bunch up top for most of the game in all honesty which is worrying given that he’s still just a teenager. Looked to run at defenders more often than any of his teammates and played some lovely little passes to put teammates in behind.
Divock Origi: 5 – Improved in the second period by looking to get in behind with as much frequency as possible. Volleyed home late on and almost had another in exactly the same fashion just moments later. Despite a goal his movement, in particular, was disgraceful on occasions. Tackled Wijnaldum at one point.
Roberto Firmino: 5 – Wasn’t his day whatsoever. Hardly got into the game in the first half and couldn’t make anything telling happen in the second half whenever he got on the ball. The fact his best chance with a flicked header hit Klavan and got directed behind sums up how much luck he had.
Philippe Coutinho: 6 – Became Liverpool’s focal point when introduced and it was telling what he was brought into when a tame side foot to the keeper on the hour mark was the Reds first effort on target. Sent Moreno through with a gorgeous pass but the Spaniard just couldn’t get onto it.
Daniel Sturridge: 6 – Tried to make things happen – mostly in a creative sense interestingly enough – but was hardly given any room to get a shot off whatsoever. Had a snapshot at one point that almost caught out the goalkeeper but was hit too close to him. Assisted Origi’s goal with a clever header back across goal.
Emre Can: 5.5 – Tackled himself into the advertising boards at one point. Was about all he added to the game.
Jürgen Klopp: 5 – Got it entirely wrong in this one and despite being a staunch Klopp supporter I’m happy to admit it. Needs to start playing a better balance of kids to first team players in these fixtures and could do with giving his side more of an insurance policy when playing. That being said, he wouldn’t have pre-empted the utter disaster that was the first half of this match.