Jack Hallows rates the Liverpool players after their opening Premier League fixture away at Watford. Warning: it’s not pretty reading.
Liverpool started off their Premier League campaign with a bit of a whimper in truth, drawing 3-3 with Watford.
There were some impressive glimpses of the front three in full flow with all of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané getting on the scoresheet but at the back it was the same old story. Get put under the slightest bit of pressure and crumble, repeat.
Let’s just get this over with.
Simon Mignolet: 5.5 – Couldn’t have done much more with the first goal and honestly did well to actually even get something on it. Didn’t do huge amounts glaringly wrong but didn’t do anything spectacular either as Liverpool’s entire defence conspired to screw themselves over.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6 – Started shakily and made a couple of errors that perhaps a more experienced head like Nathaniel Clyne might not have done. Looked comfortable going forward and added extra incisiveness to the Reds’ attack though.
Jöel Matip: 5 – Far too laid back for the first goal, part of the defensive cock up for the second and just looked far too relaxed throughout. Came close to putting Liverpool out of sight with what would’ve been a fourth when he hit the bar with a header. Not his day.
Dejan Lovren: 6.5 – Seemed to relish the physical battle brought his way by Okaka and did well to help stifle the attacking threat of Andre Gray. Like Matip, was unfortunate not to see himself on the score sheet after a solid stop from Gomes.
Alberto Moreno: 6 – Looked good on the front foot and all in all, it was a surprisingly confident display from the usually erratic Spaniard. Was caught out and at fault for the home side’s second goal though.
Jordan Henderson: 5.5 – Was poor on his first appearance since February, misplacing passes and failing to dictate the midfield either as a leader or as a footballer. Needs to provide a lot more than athleticism and energy.
Emre Can: 6.5 – Was poor during the first 45 but admittedly he did improve after the break. Helped out Moreno on the left side of defence when he was overwhelmed at times, got forward well and was involved in the Reds’ first goal.
Gini Wijnaldum: 4 – Really poor display from the Dutchman who looked as if he didn’t know whether he was coming or going. Anonymous in the first half and just not involved in the second. Lallana and Coutinho’s absences were felt heavily by how poor he was.
Mohamed Salah: 7 – A solid debut from the Egyptian who got on the scoresheet to pull Liverpool ahead for the first time in the game. Struggled in the first period but improved markedly after the break, winning the penalty as well as getting his own goal.
Roberto Firmino: 7 – Was for some reason given the task of marking Okaka for Watford’s first goal and struggled at the other end as Watford’s bigger and more physical centre halves dominated him in the air. Assisted Salah’s goal and grabbed one for himself from the spot.
Sadio Mané: 7.5 – Brilliant bit of play for Liverpool’s opener as he played a slick one-two with Can before stroking the ball past Gomes. Almost got on the scoresheet again later one with a glancing header and was one of the Reds’ more threatening outlets.
Divock Origi (81′): N/A – Given 10 minutes at the end as Klopp’s useless substitution trend continued.
James Milner (86′): N/A – Given even less time than Origi.
Joe Gomez (90′): N/A – Ran from the sideline to the field.