LIVERPOOL go through with a wimper and some sore legs for a big game on Saturday. I really don’t know how to score most of them.
How do you score lads who don’t seem to know what they are being asked to do? Who are largely passing to their team-mates, but without anything resembling purpose? Who are working hard but with little end product?
It’s tough when you feel individual players aren’t so much to blame as the lack of direction and clear identity. But I’m asked to give scores, so scores I shall give.
ADAM BOGDAN 7
Looks woeful for the goal, whether he can do anything about it or not, and isn’t too clever in his positioning and decision making when they carve us open just before. But it’s nice seeing a goalie catching crosses and rolling it out without much fuss, and he saved three pens so it’s a seven from me.
EMRE CAN 7
Probably man of the match. Brought the ball out well, anticipated danger in front of him, and defended his back post in a manner that means you can’t believe he claims to not enjoy playing there. Could he do it in a four?
MARTIN SKRTEL 5
Loses a point for a ridiculous 40-yard shot into the Kop. Didn’t do a lot wrong otherwise, but needs to lead his back line more whether he likes it or not.
DEJAN LOVREN 4
Loses two points for two ridiculous 40-yard shots. Honestly, lads. Feel a bit sorry for him for the goal in that he’s trying to be proactive, but once he’s stepped out he needs to either win the ball or suplex the attacker or something that isn’t letting him do what he did. Still, hope he’s not dead.
NATHANIEL CLYNE 4
Feel a bit sorry for him in that he’s probably spent his whole career linking up well with right midfielders and now we are asking him to be a whole right side. His attacking contribution is zero though.
ALBERTO MORENO 5
Did a bit better than Clyne in that he at least got into dangerous attacking positions, even if he did absolutely nothing with them.
JAMES MILNER 5
Really hard to score in that I think he is being outnumbered every game since the formation change by quicker lads. Needs to be more alive for the goal though. Shout out for taking a corner that ended up with Bogdan two touches later.
JOE ALLEN 5
Nice to see him back on the pitch. Might have to run more if we are going to ask two lads to cover about 50 yards between them for the rest of the year.
ADAM LALLANA 5
Nice cross for the goal and at least looked like he was trying to think his way through the Carlisle defence. Terrible pen though.
ROBERTO FIRMINO 4
Got injured and ran around for a bit and then wisely swerved the whole thing.
DANNY INGS 6
A bright spark at the moment. A pretty average bright spark. Walk me to the sea.
DIVOCK ORIGI 4
Has some obvious skills but needs to learn how to become a centre forward. Ideally away from me.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO 5
A mixture of being told to score more and thinking all his team mates are last has led to him running and shooting and running and shooting. Problem is they keep going wide. Might need a re-think.
JORDON IBE 5
After a shaky start he started terrorising the full back, but didn’t know what to do next. Possibly because all his team mates were just stood there looking at him.
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