Jack Hallows rates the players after they qualified for the Champions League final despite a 4-2 away loss to AS Roma.
Honestly, if I wasn’t a Liverpool fan I’d feel sorry for Roma.
The Italian side put everything into their performance but despite the copious amounts of hard work and sweat they invested in the 90 minutes just gone, they were always facing a majorly uphill battle.
Two away goals scored in the first half hour meant the Reds had evened the equation and it became a matter of restricting Roma’s goal total rather than worrying about the specific result.
Anyway, enough about that, let’s get onto the Liverpool players.
Loris Karius: 7.5 – Could do absolutely nothing about three of Roma’s four goals in all honesty. The first was a bizarre ricochet, the third was an almost un-saveable hit from Nainggolan and the fourth was from the spot. Came for crosses confidently the entire night and commanded his area well. Looked a little panicked at times with his distribution, however.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6 – I feel harsh rating Trent so low but despite looking up to the challenge in the first 45, the youngster looked as if the occasion got to him in the second half. Was at fault for Roma’s second and probably could’ve done better in the lead up to their first. A learning curve for the 19-year old.
Dejan Lovren: 6 – Can’t blame him for the own goal really. If you wanted to be harsh you could say he should be clearing the ball to the wide areas rather than straight up the middle of a congested penalty area but as I said, that’s harsh. Didn’t make any other evident mistakes to speak of as such but also didn’t look as comfortable as he did at Anfield.
Virgil van Dijk: 7.5 – Has a little habit of holding onto the ball too long and complaining when the decision doesn’t go his way but was once again, one of the Reds’ most composed defenders. Won most of his headers and kept Dzeko quiet whenever the Bosnian ventured to his side of the field.
Andrew Robertson: 8 – What a find this lad is. Brilliant on the ball, smart on the back foot and composed under pressure. £8m was an absolute bargain. Unlucky not to register an assist after one incredible run saw his cut back for Mané saved by Alisson.
Jordan Henderson: 7 – Had a messy time of things at the base of Liverpool’s midfield but did what he had to do – even if at times it looked unpleasant on the eye. He tackled hard, did his best to keep the ball moving and looked to get stuck right into the midst of the action at every opportunity. Could’ve been better sure but could’ve been far worse.
James Milner: 7 – Has there been anyone more unlucky than James Milner these last seven days? The Englishman’s head was the unlikely source of Roma’s first goal after Lovren smashed a clearance into him but as is the Milner way, he never let it affect the rest of his performance. His experience and fitness levels have been crucial these last few weeks.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 7 – Grabbed his first away goal since leaving the Eredivisie in 2015 and was Liverpool’s most involved midfielder going forward. Has stepped up well in Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence.
Mohamed Salah: 6 – His quietest 90 minutes as a Liverpool player? Roma played a high line with far more intelligence than in the first leg and as a result, the Egyptian was caught offside what felt like almost every second time he touched the ball.
Roberto Firmino: 7 – Looked knackered, to be honest. The Brazilian looked to be playing at 60% for much of the 90 minutes in an effort to preserve his energy for moments he truly needed it. Still full of work rate but his use of the ball screamed of a man who might need a rest. Still grabbed another assist mind.
Sadio Mané (Man of the Match): 8.5 – Mané showed what we were missing with his absence against Stoke from his first touch against the Italian side. The Senegalese winger was a ball of energy and looked to have benefitted from having the weekend off. Scored to put the Reds on the front foot in the first ten minutes and was central to most of our best moves.
Dominic Solanke: N/A – Got a yellow card.
Ragnar Klavan: N/A – Penalty was harsh, to say the least.
Nathaniel Clyne: N/A – Hey Clyney.