Player Ratings: Bayern Munich 0 – 3 Liverpool FC

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Bayern Muenchen v Liverpool FC - Audi Cup 2017
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Liverpool FC took on Bayern Munich in their first Audi Cup match up on Tuesday night, here’s how Jack Hallows rated the player’s individual efforts. 

Liverpool’s Audi Cup competition got underway on Tuesday night with a clash of real European pedigree against German giants Bayern Munich.

While the Reds have already faced opponents of Premier League and Bundesliga quality this summer – Crystal Palace, Leicester and Hertha Berlin – Bayern provided their first taste of what they could be up against in this year’s Champions League campaign should they be victorious in their qualifying play-off later this month.

Here’s how the lads got on as Liverpool wiped the floor with Ancelotti’s men:

Starting XI: 4-2-3-1 Formation

Loris Karius: 7 – One dodgy moment of sweeper keeping in the first five minutes almost handed Bayern an early opener but Lovren’s positioning saved him. His proactivity from then on was much more assured as he looked to prevent Bayern’s attackers getting in behind. In terms of saves, he barely had anything to do.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7.5 – Looked impressive against the likes of Ribery, Lewandowski and Rodriguez it has to be said. Got forward to join the attack well without shirking his defensive responsibilities and exhibited good pace when needing to track back and recover. Lost his man once or twice but at just 18, this was a seriously encouraging performance.

Jöel Matip: 8 – It didn’t seem to matter where David Alaba tried to cross from during the first half, the big Cameroonian managed to get himself in the way time and again. His ability to read when to step out and break the defensive line always staggers me. Fantastic performance from the centre back who dealt with everything brilliantly.

Dejan Lovren: 7 – Was a little quieter than his defensive partner after an early spell that saw him commit a couple of silly fouls. Kept it simple for the most part and looked solid once he settled in.

Alberto Moreno: 8 – Reminded fans what he can do going forward when he gets it right early on with one stellar low cross that found Salah at the far post. Came close to putting the Reds two up himself with a well taken free kick that tested Bayern’s keeper.

Grabbed an assist when his cross was deflected into Salah’s path for his side’s second goal. Looked far more assured defensively than he has done in the past and kept Muller shackled well.

Jordan Henderson: 7 – Has been seriously impressive for much of the Reds’ pre-season so far but looked off the pace in possession against the extra pressure applied by the Bayern midfield. That said, he was superb whenever the Reds lost the ball and as he grew into the game he and Can began bullying the German side’s midfield.

Emre Can: 7.5 – Kept James Rodriguez so quiet that I forgot he was playing until Lovren fouled him 20 minutes in. Like Henderson, looked off the pace to start with but once he grew into the game and got the rust out of his legs he began to properly boss the Bayern midfielders.

Philippe Coutinho: 7.5 – Gave Tolisso, Thiago and Renato Sanches the run around in the midfield third of the pitch time and time again while proving impressively effective defensively too. Faded a little in the second half when pushed out wide left as he evidently began to tire.

Mohamed Salah: 8.5 – Showcased his pace and positional sense regularly and came close to putting the Reds 2-0 up in the 12th minute with a right footed effort on the burst. Managed to go one better just 20 minutes later when he headed in from close range for his fourth pre-season goal in five games. Was a constant threat – especially on the break.

Roberto Firmino: 8.5 – Pressed well early on and it was his tackle and through ball that slipped Mané into space to open the scoring. Exhibited some fantastic hold up play and slick touches throughout while never forgetting to track back. Provided a timely reminder for everyone as to why he’s so highly rated as a solo striker by the manager.

Sadio Mané: 8.5 – Showed just what Liverpool had been missing when he was absent last season by firing the Reds 1-0 up in the 7th minute with a superb left footed finish. Made Rafinha look genuinely Sunday league quality at times.

Substitutes (Only those who featured): 

Gini Wijnaldum (45′): 7 – Given a run out in the second half and looked sharp, adding some extra pace and forward thinking creativity to the midfield trio. Was a typical Wijnaldum performance really.

Adam Lallana (45′): 7 – Introduced in the second half as Klopp attempted to inject a little more attacking presence and agility into Liverpool’s midfield. Couldn’t really impose himself on the game but did the industrial parts as well as Klopp could’ve asked him to.

Ragnar Klavan (67′): 7 – Didn’t have huge amounts to do other than shutting down Bayern’s crossing attempts and contributed to the Reds’ impressive clean sheet.

Marko Grujić (67′): 7.5 – Lovely – if not slightly eccentric – one-two move with Ryan Kent saw him fire home off the post only for it to be – harshly – ruled out. Looked at home in the Reds’ midfield, winning the physical battle impressively.

Ryan Kent (67′): 7.5 – Showed what he can do just five minutes after coming on when he skinned Rafinha and cut the ball back for Grujić to slam home only for it to be ruled out with Lallana being in an offside position. A lively cameo from the youngster.

Daniel Sturridge (67′): 8 – Came close to getting on the score sheet within seconds of coming on when he flashed a snap shot just wide of the far post. Looked very sharp throughout his cameo and grabbed his goal 7 minutes from the end with a lovely chipped finish. Looked as if he injured himself during his goal, however, which doesn’t look good.


Jon Flanagan (78′): 7 – Given a run out for the final 10 minutes and kept it solid.

Ben Woodburn (78′): 7 – Gorgeous through ball in behind to assist Sturridge’s goal and provided some extra energy and running at a time when the game was winding down.

Dominic Solanke (86′): N/A – Brought on after Sturridge hurt himself scoring the Reds’ third. Let’s hope it’s more precautionary than anything.

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