WASN’T expecting that. Maybe a different approach was needed for a home game. Either way, it doesn’t help if you concede after a couple of minutes. Two weeks to have a think for Brendan. Need to figure out how we score goals.
Simon Mignolet 6
Didn’t do a lot wrong really. Let down by those in front.
Nathaniel Clyne 6
Think he was ok, too. I don’t know. I just want to get to Lovren to be honest.
Martin Skrtel 5
Backs off far too much for the third. And plenty of times before, too.
Dejan Lovren 3
Dejan, mate. Did well keeping things simple for three games and then seemed to believe his own hype. Ridiculous moment at 1-0 when he controlled the ball brilliantly and then tried to take on two midfielders. Then he had a bit of a moment for 2-0 as well. You might have heard. Did some decent stuff second half but it was a bit like tiling the roof of a condemned building.
Joe Gomez 4
Needs to do better for the first really, as he’s in the team to defend. Couldn’t contribute at all going forward, but that’s not really his fault. Surprised he lasted as long as he did.
Lucas Leiva 5
Didn’t do much wrong but just couldn’t give us a platform to build on. Maybe Arsenal was more of a last waltz than a new dawn.
James Milner 6
Baffling how he was so deep to give Emre Can a free role. Haven’t seen enough of the forward running we got in pre season.
Emre Can 5
Feels like Jonjo Shelvey without the laughs. Or goals. Obviously got talent but can we afford to play him until he turns into a footballer?
Philippe Coutinho 5
Whatever you thought of the ref it was a daft tackle on a yellow. Couldn’t get in the game anyway. Was coming far too deep.
Roberto Firmino 6
Great shot off the post and some lovely touches. Still getting his head round it all.
Christian Benteke 5
Felt sorry for him as the supply was awful but needs to figure out how he gets into games when that happens. Wasn’t helped by the anything goes defensive tactics mind.
Alberto Moreno 6
Straight swap for Gomez surely made more sense. Not sure he is a wide midfielder at home against a packed defence. Won it back well.
Danny Ings 6
Some good touches and great running around. Didn’t really look to link up with Benteke though.
Jordon Ibe 5
Honestly don’t know. Did he actually come on?
Neil’s match review will be published tomorrow.
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