What an absolutely dreadful game of football. Liverpool beat Aston Villa this afternoon but thought they’d bore us to tears for over an hour beforehand. Of course, Villa defended well for most of the game but come on lads…come on. For most of the game there was no creative spark, no determination – though, can we blame them now that it’s all over? As a result our Liverpool player ratings v Aston Villa pull no punches.
Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker – 6
The Brazilian had very little to do and what he did have to do he did without fuss. His distribution could have been better.
Right back: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5
Trent was nowhere near as accurate with his passing as we’ve come to expect. Today also exposed how much we rely on his fast, direct switch to the opposite flank which was rarely seen – although, in fairness, Andy Robertson was rarely there to receive.
Centre back: Joe Gomez – 5
The Englishman didn’t move the ball quickly enough and was almost caught out in the first half.
Centre back: Virgil van Dijk – 5
Big Virg didn’t impose himself at set pieces and made a sloppy error in the second half which he did atone for.
Left back: Andy Robertson – 4
Andy Robbo was a shadow of himself today, he didn’t provide the width we have come to rely on so much. It was a rare sight to see him marauding down the left.
Defensive midfield: Fabinho – 5
The best defensive midfielder in the world has shown that he can pull the strings in possession but he didn’t do that today, he was stagnant in possession.
Centre midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 3
The Ox was careless in possession and undeniably off the boil. I can appreciate that he was trying to make things happen but nothing came off, just a lot of wayward passes and missed opportunities.
Centre midfield: Naby Keita – 6
Naby was our most creative player on the pitch today and that was evidenced in his eventual assist. However, he should have done more. He showed flashes of brilliance but flashes aren’t enough at this level.
Right wing: Mo Salah – 5
Mo too often had his head down this afternoon. He found himself in good positions but the ball was often trapped under his feet and he ran down a few blind alleys rather than moving possession on quickly.
Left wing: Sadio Mane – 7
Sadio was always trying to make something happen and eventually something did as he scored the winner in the 71st minute with a well taken strike.
Striker: Divock Origi – 2
Big Div is mercurial, he is an enigma. He scores in famous comebacks. He scores in the Champions League final. He can’t do anything against Aston Villa. He was completely absent throughout the game and scores so poorly because he needs to be asserting himself when he is given a shot.