Jack Hallows rates the players after Liverpool’s heart-stopping 5-2 win over Roma in the first leg of their Champions League tie.
Loris Karius: 7 – Turned a vicious Kolarov effort onto the crossbar during the visitors’ impressive start to the match but didn’t have huge amounts to do until later on in the fixture. Came well for crosses but his distribution was a little hit and hope at times.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7 – Didn’t have as good a time of it as he did against Sane in both legs of the Manchester City tie but still held his own well. Got forward well when given the opportunity and put a couple of decent balls into the box.
Dejan Lovren: 7 – Was brilliant – for 80 minutes. Cleared everything he had to, got in the way where he could and handled Dzeko impressively. Was caught under Nainggolan’s pass for Dzeko’s goal however which seemingly rocked the rest of the backline to make for a nervous final 10 minute period.
Virgil van Dijk: 8 – Solid as ever. Not much more you can say really. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time and it’s so nice to have a centre-half who is imperious when it comes to dealing with crosses and high balls.
Andrew Robertson: 8 – Slow start to the game but grew into it brilliantly. Played one of the passes of the season in behind the Roma defence late on that Wijnaldum should probably have done better with.
Jordan Henderson: 8.5 – Sensed the danger after the visitors’ fast start and was quick to rally his players, leading by example as he snapped into tackles and won the ball back time and time again. Probably his best performance in a Champions League fixture for the Reds.
James Milner: 7 – Unlucky late on to gift Roma a second away goal through a harsh penalty but was otherwise full of energy both with and without the ball. His movement at times is incredibly intelligent and he’s proving week in, week out that he still has a lot to offer.
Became the record holder for most assists in a single Champions League campaign when Firmino nodded home off his corner.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: N/A – Started brightly but was stretchered off with what looked a nasty knee injury. Praying for a swift recovery given our lack of midfield options.
Sadio Mané: 7.5 – Missed a gem of a chance in the first half to put the Reds 1-0 up earlier than they eventually managed it but was our most involved attacker during the first 45 minutes. Got a well-deserved goal in the second half when Salah put one on a plate for him.
Roberto Firmino: 9.5 – He’d have been Man of the Match if it wasn’t for his Egyptianteammatee. Hell, he’d probably have been our Player of the Season if it wasn’t for Salah! The Brazilian was on fire tonight, winning challenges, creating chances at will and grabbing both a pair of goals and assists. Became the fastest player to reach 10 Champions League goals.
Mohamed Salah: 10 (MOTM) – What a player. What an absolute gem of a player. Another two goals, another two assists, another Man of the Match performance. This guy is a genuine footballing phenomenon.
Gini Wijnaldum: 8 – Had a really good game after he was brought on to replace the injured Oxlade-Chamberlain. Bossed the midfield for much of his time on the pitch and looked a man possessed.
Danny Ings: 6 – I think he touched the ball twice.
Ragnar Klavan: N/A – Run that clock down, Raggy.
Jürgen Klopp: 8 – Got it spot on with his tactical decision to bypass Roma’s midfield and try to get Liverpool’s attackers in three on three. Could perhaps have looked to shore things up a little more late on but can’t be to blame for individual misfortunes.