The Reds did as The Reds do: they turned up in a big game, defeating Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield. A Virgil van Dijk header in the first half was enough to see Jürgen Klopp’s side over the line, Mo Salah’s strike was the cherry on the cake. We give our Liverpool player ratings v Manchester United:
Goalkeeper – Alisson Becker – 7.5
Seven consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League, the Brazilian went about his job without fuss.
Right back – Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7
An assist and some smart passes throughout, Trent has set such high standards of himself that this looked like a quiet game when it was anything but.
Centre beck – Virgil van Dijk – 9
Netted the opener and was unlucky to be penalised for our disallowed second. An imperious performance.
Centre back – Joe Gomez – 8
The Englishman made a number of valuable interceptions to keep United from making any meaningful progress.
Left back – Andy Robertson – 7
His work rate alone makes him the best left back in the world. He just doesn’t stop.
Defensive midfield – Jordan Henderson – 8.5
The skipper was everywhere, he bossed the midfield as usual and cracked the post in the second half.
Centre midfield – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5
The Ox was lively but not deadly enough today. He’ll score in the next.
Centre midfield – Gini Wijnaldum – 7
The Dutchman’s industriousness was impressive as ever, he was unlucky to have a goal ruled out – just half an inch in it.
Right wing – Mo Salah – 8
The Egyptian King was sharp as ever and once again came up with the goods in added time.
Firmino role – Roberto Firmino – 8
Bobby scored, it was unfairly ruled out. It counts for us.
Left wing – Sadio Mane – 8
Sadio Mane’s ability to just exasperate defences makes him a terrifying prospect to face. Very unlucky not to score.