Liverpool FC took on Atletico Madrid in the Audi Cup final up on Wednesday night and here’s how Michael Mongie rated the player’s individual efforts.
Liverpool wrapped up their pre-season programme in Germany on Wednesday night with an Audi Cup final fixture against Atletico Madrid.
The Reds were superb the night before at the Allianz Arena, putting three goals past the hosts. Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge all got on the scoresheet in a very enjoyable game which was good for fitness levels.
Jürgen Klopp named a weakened starting XI compared to the evening before, with only Emre Can and Sadio Mané starting against both games in the Audi Cup.
Here is how Liverpool got on in the Audi Cup final against Atletico Madrid:
Starting XI: 4-2-3-1 Formation
Danny Ward: 6.5 – Although he’ll be gutted to concede, Danny Ward can take solace in the fact that in the buildup to Bare’s goal he made a top save to deny Angel Correa.
Jon Flanagan: 5 – As much as I love Flanno, he really shouldn’t be anywhere near this team. His reading of the game isn’t up to scratch and he doesn’t have enough pace.
Joe Gomez: 6 – Solid but not great. He looked better at right back against Hertha Berlin and should’ve reacted better to the second ball for Bare’s goal. He was booked for a very dodgy tackle on Correa just before the halftime whistle.
Ragnar Klavan: 8 (MOTM) – Like Gomez, he should’ve done a whole lot better for the goal but was brilliant throughout. He mopped up everything that Atletico threw at the Reds and was assured in possession. He was also the only player to play 90 minutes with the rest of the starters getting subbed off.
James Milner: 5 – Booked in the 24th minute for dragging Thomas down in the middle of the park – had plenty to say to the ref about it too. Was exposed terribly for Atletico Madrid’s opener as the Englishman failed to read the run from Vrsaljko.
He was absolutely skinned by Correa and although it didn’t lead to anything, you can’t help but wonder if Andy Robertson will play a greater role for Liverpool this season than the former Man City midfielder.
Emre Can: 7 – Although he’s had very little time with Liverpool this pre-season, Can has looked really fit and as close to the Emre Can we saw at the latter stages of last season. The German was one of Liverpool’s best players in the first half, biting into challenges and ensuring that the Reds packed a punch in the engine room.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 6 – Although the Dutchman tends to be a little pedestrian at times, the nature of his role in the side means that unless he pops up with a goal or an assist, his contribution to the team tends to go unnoticed. He certainly could have had a better game but it wasn’t his worst turn out either.
Adam Lallana: 6 – Some great footwork created room for his midfield counterparts to work in but aside from a few neat Cruyff turns and tidy passing, the Englishman didn’t really contribute in a meaningful way. That said, he didn’t put a foot wrong either.
Ben Woodburn: 7 – The 17-year-old really showed why Jürgen Klopp and really the whole club’s coaching staff value him so highly. He created a great chance for Dominic Solanke with a cross into the box and the striker came close-ish with a glancing header.
Woodburn had an effort of his own although to trouble the ‘keeper. The Academy star attempted an acrobatic shot on goal but his effort was high and wide.
Sadio Mané: 6.5 – He said that he’s lacking match fitness and after starting for Liverpool yesterday against Bayern Munich, the Senegal attacker looked to be off the pace of the game. Got booked in the 22nd minute for grabbing Lucas Hernandez’s face after fouling him on the touchline.
Showed more promise after the half hour mark and looked to be more of a nuisance to the Atletico defence.
Dominic Solanke: 6 – Sent out to lead the line for Liverpool, Solanke buzzed aroundupp front and looked to use his strength and sizeable frame to make his presence felt on the pitch. He had a great headered effort fizz wide after a delicious ball into the box from Ben Woodburn.
Substitutes (Only those who featured):
Jordan Henderson (45′): 7 – The Liverpool skipper’s passing range helped broaden the Reds’ game and meant that attacks could be sprung from deep in seconds. He did miss his penalty in the shootout but that was a minor blip on what was a good display from the no.14.
Jöel Matip (45′): 6.5 – Didn’t have much to do despite help Liverpool recycle possession. Dealt well with the threat posed by Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres.
Andy Robertson (45′): 6 – Brought on for James Milner who looked very poor in the first half, the Scot looked comfortable on the left flank of Liverpool’s back four and had some very good crosses into the box which his teammates really should have done better to convert.
Marko Grujic (45′): 7 – Subbed on at half-time along with Hendo, the Serb did well to use his strength in the middle of the park but didn’t do much to change the final outcome. He did well to find the right pass nine times out of ten but up against a very compact Atletico side, there was little to be done. He also scored his penalty in the shootout.
He looks as though he’s ready to play a bigger tole in the Premier League this season.
Ryan Kent (45′): 6 – The 20-year-old started the second half very well with his pace and guile proving an issue for Madrid from the off.
Roberto Firmino (45′): 7 – The Brazilian was adamant that he was going to take the penalty once the referee pointed to the spot. He slotted it home coolly even despite Felipe Luis’ efforts to put him off beforehand. He also scored for the Reds in the shootout when the game went to penalties.
Ovie Ejaria (67′): N/A – Very little to say about the youngster’s cameo other than that he worked hard to get himself involved where he could.
Divock Origi (67′): 7 – It was a dive. There is no denying that the Belgian made a meal of the contact that he felt in the box to go down and win Liverpool a penalty. As much as I hate to say it, I’ve given him an extra mark purely for winning the penno – as embarrassing as it is that he dived. He scored from the spot in the shootout too.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (74′): 6 – Lots of cheers for his introduction with 15 minutes to go but wasn’t able to bomb down the right flank due to Atletico’s counter-pressing.