Jack Hallows rates the Liverpool players after their trip to the King Power ended in Klopp’s men just about making it four wins out of four.
I have to say I have incredibly mixed feelings about this one.
On one hand, we once again ground ourselves out a result despite playing poorly in another great showing of character, resilience and grit.
On the other, we were fairly poor, looked as if we were constantly running in treacle and our front three looked a shadow of the incredible attacking unit it was last season. Oh and Alisson fuelled some new boring Twitter memes.
We know it takes time for Liverpool to get up and running under Klopp, with fitness, sharpness and energy all just as important as skill and quality. Even with that considered however, you’re about to see some dreadfully low player ratings.
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Were there any bright spots in this game though? Read on to find out.
Alisson Becker: 6.5 – Made a great first half stop to deny Gray down low to his right before coming out with confidently to claim a corner just minutes later.
Was sold horribly short by a terrible back pass from van Dijk second half but should’ve just cleared the ball up the field, choosing to Cruyff turn and losing it to Iheanacho – conceding his first goal of the season.
Was always going to happen but it’s now not about changing the way Alisson plays but helping him learn the right times to do what he does and when to ping the ball long.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6.5 – Was guilty of holding onto the ball for too long a number of times across the 90 minutes and looked a little leggy when chasing down the likes of Gray and Albrighton. Didn’t have much of an influence going forward but didn’t do much wrong in defence either.
Made sure Ben Chilwell won’t be conceiving any children tonight.
Joe Gomez: 8.5 (Man of the Match) – Another fantastic performance from the young centre half who was the pick of the Reds players.
Made an incredible goal-saving block from Maddison in the second half and was generally first to everything he attempted to win, overshadowing his senior partner and setting a great example for the rest of the defence.
Been very impressed with the lad so far this season – long may it continue.
Virgil van Dijk: 6 – Could’ve had a penalty just before half time when he was brought to ground by Maddison’s arm stretching round his neck. It could’ve been seen as soft but we’ve seen them given.
Business as usual for the big man in the rest of the first half as the Dutchman and his centre half partner won their headers and restricted Leicester to mostly long shots.
Was a hairier second period for the former Southampton man however, picking up a yellow card for a poor challenge on Maddison and playing his part in Ghezzal’s goal with a poor back pass.
Andrew Robertson: 7 – Assisted Mané’s opener with some great determination leading him past Pereira and into the perfect position to cut the ball back into the Senegalese wingers path. Had the better of Ghezzal for most of the match and offered more going forward than most of his team mates.
Jordan Henderson: 6 – Reinstated to the starting XI after a trio of appearances from the subs bench. Looked a little rusty early on and gave the ball away a few times before growing into the first half.
Was fairly anonymous in the second period and was withdrawn after his two suicide passes led to the passage of play in which Leicester scored.
James Milner: 7 – Usual pit-bull-like self, sending in a number of much improved corners in the first half – one of which assisted Firmino’s first goal of the season. Made a number of tackles high up the field and was the best of an average bunch in the Reds’ starting midfield three.
Gini Wijnaldum: 6 – Had a really poor first half, giving the ball away a number of times and looking a little unsure of himself in a further forward role. Like Henderson just seemed to disappear after the break.
Mohamed Salah: 5 – Missed a glorious chance to put the Reds 1-0 up in the opening five minutes of the game, meaning he’s now missed four out of five clear cut chances so far this season.
Probably his worst game in a Liverpool shirt so far if I’m brutally honest and it looked as if the recent dramatics with the Egyptian FA may be playing on his mental state a little bit.
Roberto Firmino: 6.5 – Missed an early chance to open the scoring and looked fairly leggy and isolated for much of the first half before he headed Liverpool 2-0 up from a corner just before the break. Fought hard and did his best to hold the ball up but was dwarfed physically by the pairing of Maguire and Morgan.
Sadio Mané: 6.5 – Showed some great reflexes and anticipation to open the scoring for the Reds in the 10th minute with a left footed prod. Was marked out of the game for practically the entire remainder of the 90 minutes.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Salah 70′): 6.5 – Brought on to try and inject some fresh legs and inspiration into the front line after Salah struggled the entire time he was on the field.
Some snide shit-housing to hold the ball in the corner towards the end of the match.
Naby Keïta (Henderson 70′): 6.5 – Was surprisingly not given a starting berth with Henderson preferred to the little Guinean but was brought on with 20 to go to try and add some energy and pace back into the Reds’ midfield.
Looked lively but ultimately didn’t do anything to really influence the match.
Joël Matip (TAA 89′): N/A – Sent on to remind everyone he’s alive.