Here are our player ratings as Liverpool Everton at Anfield on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp named an unchanged side in an effort to fix the Reds’ horrendous home form.
Alisson – 7
Made one great save and was solid. No complaints here.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5
This was his most confident performance for some time. He consistently got forward, ran with the ball and tried to make things happen. As with everyone else, however, nothing came off.
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Gave away a penalty, of course, but never his fault.
Ozan Kabak – 2
This wasn’t good. We can blame the wind for some of it but Kabak consistently misjudged the flight of the ball. Some poor positioning and silly fouls made for a very poor game.
Jordan Henderson – 7
We’ll bump up his rating for trying to play on when Liverpool needed him. He did start the game well, too – the captain was unlucky to score before going off and kept moving the team forward.
Andy Robertson – 4
Didn’t threaten as much as Alexander-Arnold. Also didn’t make much happen.
Gini Wijnaldum – 5
He’s not a holding midfielder but has to do that job every week. We feel for him as he’s struggling to hold things together.
Thiago – 5
Game passed him by a little. Like Wijnaldum, though, he’s playing in a make-shift midfield. It’s not easy at all.
Curtis Jones – 6
Poor first half but a tactical change in the second woke Jones up. He was pretty great for 15 minutes before going off. Unlucky not to get an assist for Mane.
Mohamed Salah – 4
Fell over a lot. Had maybe one decent chance but probably Salah’s worst game for a little while.
Roberto Firmino – 4
Linked play well but didn’t threaten despite some good chances. Weak shot after weak shot cost Liverpool.
Sadio Mane – 5
Awful first half but probably the best forward in the second. Ran a lot, tried to make things happen – just couldn’t.
Nat Phillips – 4
Was doing okay until the eventual penalty incident. Went in when he shouldn’t have and allowed Richarlison to run in behind. A really poor decision at a terrible time.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 6
Maybe a bit generous but Shaqiri made as much happen as anyone else, despite being a second-half sub.
Divock Origi – N/A
Look, this was awful. A terrible result and a bad performance.
At the end of the day, though, the problem here was not that everyone was putting in shockers. Our player ratings reflect an average Liverpool side that controlled Everton to an extent. The real issue is that no one stepped up when they had to. Not one.
Maybe that’s more worrying? Liverpool dominated the ball and consistently got into good positions. Everyone ran hard. That’s all good.
But when the time came, no one could make something happen. Shots from range aren’t enough.
We won’t forget this one quickly.