Jack Hallows was not impressed with what he saw from the Reds against Southampton in their 0-0 draw and gets a little brutal with his player ratings. One man scored an 8.5 but there were a number of 6s, 5s and who got a 4? 

Simon Mignolet – 7 – Didn’t really do anything wrong. Hell. Didn’t really do anything at all. Had one moment of heart in mouth madness when he came for a ball he was never getting to and ended up flying off Tadic but that was about it.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7 – More of the same from Clyne. Solid at the back, unspectacular up top. Provided one or two moments of quality movement but his final ball was poor once again.

Jöel Matip – 7 – Didn’t step a foot wrong really but his passing radar was having a seriously off day. Didn’t have much to do in terms of proper defending with much of his afternoon spent intercepting high, long balls.

Dejan Lovren – 8.5 (My Man of the Match) – Solid, solid showing against his former club. Got himself in the way of everything and hunted down each loose ball that he felt he could get to with the determination of a man possessed.

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James Milner – 5 – Was suspect defensively on the odd occasion he had to defend and his use of the ball was once again predictable, tired and just plain boring. Get almost to the byline, stop, cut onto right foot, cross into the first man etc. We get it James, you’re not a left back but at least pretend to be one. Missed his first penalty of the season but it was more a case of good save rather than a poor pen.

Lucas Leiva – 6 – Didn’t do much wrong but again, like a lot of team mates, didn’t do much at all. Cut out the odd clearance from the Southampton defence but it was a game that his presence wasn’t really needed in.

Emre Can – 6 – The magic of last week’s Watford goal evaded him for much of the 90 minutes against the Saints. The German certainly wasn’t lacking in confidence but a lot of what he tried was too elaborate and didn’t quite come off.

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Gini Wijnaldum – 5 – Personally, thought he was the worst of Liverpool’s midfield three as the game once again just passed him by. The Dutchman seems to be the kind of player who performs at a high level only when his team mates do, raising his game with those around him and dropping off horrendously when his team mates are struggling. That was highly evident today.

 

Roberto Firmino – 7 |- Worked hard and looked the most likely to make something happen in the first hour but struggled to create any clear chances for himself or team mates. Has got to be given a chance through the middle against West Ham as Origi has been so awful of late.

Divock Origi – 4 – Rubbish. Genuinely awful performance from the Belgian who ran a little bit, made a plethora of poor touches and failed to produce a single moment of note other than leaning slightly into Jack Stephens when the defender handled the ball in the second half. Cannot start against West Ham if we want to win the game.

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Philippe Coutinho – 6 – When given space he looked as dangerous as we know he can be but he just wasn’t afforded enough to work with. Grew frustrated during the second half and seemed to fade out of the game almost entirely.

Substitutes:

Daniel Sturridge – 7 – Looked the most dangerous player on the pitch during his cameo and the signs were encouraging. Will be interesting to see if he starts next weekend.

Adam Lallana – 5 – Would’ve loved him to start but he showed why Klopp had him on the bench for the opening hour as his touch and passing radar are still adjusting back to match level.

Marko Grujic – N/A – Tested Forster late on with a header that was well saved.

Manager: 

Jürgen Klopp – 6 – A number of sideline theatrics were about the most entertaining thing this game had to offer unfortunately. Another game where the manager is going to be criticised about his lack of proactive substitutions – and rightly so – and one feels that yet again he waited far too long to introduce Sturridge and to a lesser extent Lallana.

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