Jose Enrique was in disagreement with Liverpool’s choice for the Man-of-the-Match award following the Reds’ stunning 2-0 victory against RB Leipzig last night.
The award ultimately went to Ozan Kabak, who took 56 per cent of a poll that received over 100,000 votes from supporters.
However, as brilliant as the 20-year-old centre-back was on his European debut for Liverpool, Enrique felt the award should have gone to either Jordan Henderson or Curtis Jones.
“He played really well but my man of the match was either Hendo or Curtis Jones,” said Enrique via Instagram.
A number of outstanding performers
Enrique wasn’t the only one who felt that Liverpool’s two outstanding players on the night were the English-midfield pair, albeit Henderson was utilised in central defence.
The ECHO’s player rating system, chosen by journalist Ian Doyle, handed Henderson the highest total on the night. The club-captain received a 9/10 rating for his endeavours in an unnatural position.
Meanwhile, Jones scored an impressive total of 8/10, as did Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Kabak on the other hand, was given a 7/10 rating following what was only his second Liverpool appearance to date.
Indeed, the subject of player ratings is a subjective concept on the whole. In truth, there were a number of players who deserved to be within a shout of taking the MOTM award home, such was the quality of Liverpool’s performance.
Still, the public have spoken, and they deemed Kabak as the outstanding player as Liverpool took a commanding step towards the quarter-finals of the competition.
It’s easy to see why, too. In total, Kabak contributed three interceptions, two clearances and won two of his aerial duels. His four completed tackles on the night, too, were the highest total from any Liverpool or Leipzig player.
Let’s hope Kabak can build from this momentum, then, as Liverpool finally look a step closer to finding a long-term defensive solution to combat their ongoing injury woes.