Jack Hallows rates the Liverpool players after they cemented their unbeaten record against the top four contenders with a thoroughly entertaining draw at the Etihad. Let us know your ratings and player of the match down below!
Simon Mignolet: 7 – Didn’t have huge amounts to do after a frantic first 10-15 minutes but made a few good stops and cut out a number of low crosses with ease. Was fortunate not to be caught out when coming and trying to punch in the second half as Sterling managed to poke the ball past him and just narrowly wide of the net.
Nathaniel Clyne: 7.5 – Struggled in the opening 10 minutes to keep hold of Leroy Sané but after finding his rhythm he managed to lessen the winger’s impact considerably. Was outpaced on occasion but his positional sense and ability to read the German’s movement helped him recover.
Jöel Matip: 7.5 – A much, much better performance from the Cameroonian who was dominant at the back. Used the ball brilliantly, won headers left, right and centre and most importantly, kept Aguero shackled whenever the Argentine attempted to get down his side.
Ragnar Klavan: 6.5 – Was far less dominant than his defensive partner and in the end, it cost the Reds a goal as he got the wrong side of Aguero, allowing him a tap-in. Was shaky at times with the ball at his feet and got caught out on numerous occasions.
James Milner: 7 – Gets an extra half mark for putting away one of the best penalties I’ve ever seen but there can be no doubts that the Englishman struggled once again at left back. Raheem Sterling gave him a torrid time and if it weren’t for the winger’s lack of end product the Reds could’ve been exploited miserably down his side.
Emre Can: 8.5 – My man of the match. He started shakily but as he ramped up the gears he morphed from the player we’ve seen a lot this season to the one we hoped we’d be seeing. He won headers constantly, used the ball effectively and got stuck in right across the 90 minutes. Showcased just what he can offer when playing in the number 6 role. Great ball to Firmino in the lead up to winning the penalty too.
Gini Wijnaldum: 8 – Like Can, Wijnaldum was everywhere. Tackling hard, passing the ball well and displaying his usual strength and dominance when in possession to shrug off tackles nonchalantly. His passing and vision were top notch as well.
Adam Lallana: 6 – Faded in and out of the game throughout and unfortunately his biggest contribution was missing an absolute sitter towards the end of the game. The Englishman pressed hard and did test Caballero with another first half effort but he failed to really influence the game as much as he has done previously. Looks a little tired if I’m honest.
Sadio Mané: 7.5 – Ran himself ragged as he always does and could’ve opened the scoring in the first half if he’d stayed on his feet. His end product wasn’t at its usual best against the Citizens but his pace, movement and direct running certainly looked to scare the shit out of Clichy and Otamendi.
Philippe Coutinho: 6 – Another poor performance from the little Brazilian whose body language said it all. His head was down, his shoulders were slumped and he looked to be constantly cursing himself under his breath. There were encouraging signs – his reverse pass to Firmino in the second half was incredible while one effort in the first half whistled just over the bar – but overall he continues to look a shadow of the player he was at the start of the season.
Roberto Firmino: 7 – Pressed well and won the ball back high up the field on more than one occasion but missed two very good chances where really, he should’ve at least been putting one of them away. Had another decent effort palmed away by Caballero in the first half. He did win the Reds a penalty and it’s worth remembering he’s only just returning from injury. Positive signs are there.
Divock Origi: 5 – Awful. If reports about him carrying an injury are true then he really shouldn’t have been brought on. Offered absolutely nothing.
Lucas Leiva: N/A – Didn’t give away a pen.
Jürgen Klopp: 8 – Personally think Klopp didn’t do anything wrong here. The partnership of Klavan and Matip was working and sticking with it allowed his defence some much-needed continuity while playing Firmino was a gamble that ultimately paid off. The opening 10-15 minutes was a tough period for the Reds but after getting through it, they played some superb football.