ANOTHER frustrating Anfield night. Even if they are still getting to know the manager, and for many each other, the team should have had enough to beat the 12th best team in Russia playing for so long with 10 men. Could do with a win Sunday.
Simon Mignolet: 7
Can’t do anything with the goal and makes a decent save later in the half. Seems to be making an effort to release the ball quicker
Nathaniel Clyne: 7
Confidence, and delivery, much improved. Would have had an assist but for Benteke’s wastefulness. Needs to look at himself on their goal though.
Alberto Moreno: 6
Not quite as eye-catching as Clyne, but solid enough.
Martin Skrtel: 5
Suspiciously absent for both their first-half efforts, including the goal. Kindly let Sakho do all the defending second half.
Mamadou Sakho: 8
The Kop chants said it all. Nice salute.
Joe Allen: 5
Jurgen Klopp has said he wants “heavy-metal football”. Joe Allen was more Will Young. There’s nothing wrong with Will Young. It’s just not what you bought a ticket to see.
James Milner: 6
General play was fine, but can’t take a corner to save his life. Plays a great ball every now and again.
Emre Can: 8
Loving it at the moment. Obviously feels he has a point to prove. Alive for the goal.
Adam Lallana: 7
Played well, some lovely flicks and touches. Is a big part of why we arent scoring enough goals though. Which is a conundrum we all need to solve. Well mainly him and the manager.
Philippe Coutinho: 5
Wasn’t his night.
Divock Origi: 4
Might never be his night. Team-mates seemed to give up on him.
Lucas Leiva: 7
Immediately made everything better. Although didn’t have anything to worry about the other way.
Christian Benteke: 5
Unlucky with the one that hit the post. Not with the one he blazed over.
Roberto Firmino: 5
Struggled to get into it. Looks at Christian Benteke like he’s got four heads.
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