After waking up at three in the morning to watch the game, Jack Hallows was delighted to see the Reds come away with the three points. It wasn’t a vintage Liverpool performance, however, so what did Jack think of the players on display?
Simon Mignolet: 7 – Could do little about the goal in fairness and looked calm and confident during a second half barrage of long balls into his box. His kicking wasn’t particularly urgent or accurate though, which was unfortunate.
Nathaniel Clyne: 6 – Was awful going forward throughout the 90 minutes but he’s a defender and overall he did that job alright. Gave Burnley’s wide players very little to work with for much of the second half. Should, however, have probably tracked Barnes’ run for Burnley’s opener.
Jöel Matip: 6 – During the early stages of the game it looked as if he’d forgotten how to head the ball and the big Cameroonian did nothing to take away from the tense and worrisome atmosphere. Grew into the game however and had a much better second half.
Ragnar Klavan: 6.5 – Took time to settle in as Andre Gray’s pace evidently worried him from kick off and he was taken out of the game far too easily for Burnley’s goal. Recovered well, however, throwing himself about all over the field to make a number of well-timed blocks and tackles.
James Milner: 4 – How bad is Moreno in training at the moment if Milner is retaining his place this easily? The Englishman has been poor since late January now and this showing was no different. He was positionally dreadful, beaten for pace again and again and his crossing was utterly naff.
Emre Can: 7 – Giving him a seven simply because of that bloody goal. In truth, the German had a fairly poor game up until that point, missing a number of tackles, failing to make a number of headers and providing less than ample cover for the back four. He effectively won us the game, so well done, Emre.
Adam Lallana: 5 – Poor from Lallana yesterday. Really, really poor. The Englishman was all over the pitch with his running, yet seemed entirely unnoticeable due to his lack of impact on or off the ball. The midfielder was superb last week against Arsenal and it’s amazing the drop off in his game that can occur over a seven day period.
Gini Wijnaldum: 7 – Scored yet another important home goal for the Reds as he equalised on the stroke of half-time and proved how vastly underrated he is throughout. His passing was crisp, he won tackles and he used his strength and physicality to hold off Burnley defenders during the latter stages of the game as the Reds looked to wind the clock down.
Sadio Mané: 6 – The only starting attacker really to offer any direct threat throughout and even then it was restricted to momentary bursts. Could’ve had a goal in the second half but his touch was sloppy and let him down.
Philippe Coutinho: 4 – Have I ever rated him this low? After a positive showing against Arsenal, the little Brazilian became the definition of the word ‘anonymous’ and was substituted as early as the 58th minute. Seems to be struggling to find his feet.
Divock Origi: 6 – Two assists as he got himself involved but again, left much to be desired. The Belgian was awful in his hold up play throughout and his passing was more often than not wayward as he looked on a different wavelength to most of his teammates. Was in fairness limited due to the lack of any service throughout.
Ben Woodburn: 6 – Well done mate. Got himself involved and ran himself ragged throughout his time on the pitch. Didn’t look scared to stand up to the Burnley defence and try and get at them.
Lucas Leiva: N/A – Brought on to shore things up. Broke up play with a few fouls and went on one venture towards Burnley’s box.
Jürgen Klopp: 7 – He did the best with the resources he had available in my opinion. Having no Henderson, Sturridge, Lovren or Firmino available is always going to leave your squad looking very thin and while it just highlights why he should’ve bought in the winter transfer window, tactically there wasn’t anything blatantly wrong with the performance.