ON a blustery day that was tough to watch football in, never mind play in, Liverpool had just enough to get past a disappointingly spirited Swansea side.
The Reds started well, but found it harder to create chances as it went on and Swansea bedded in. The goal came at a good time, and they’ll benefit from holding on, even though they looked determined not to at times. Anyway. Scores out of 10.
Simon Mignolet 7:
No saves to make, but caught everything he needed to in a swirling wind. Could probably do without the crowd screaming at him when the ball is in his hands. He is allowed to have a bit of a look.
Nathaniel Clyne 6:
Steady as you like again.
Alberto Moreno: 5
Nearly got the team in almighty trouble when it was clearly Dejan Lovren’s ball. Still lacks a bit of composure. Not sure how he’s ended up on free kicks on the edge of the box.
Martin Skrtel: 7
Commanded well. His positioning and reading of the game is underrated.
Dejan Lovren: 6
A couple of shaky moments, but you’d take this, wouldn’t you?
James Milner: 7
Cool as you like on the penalty, and battled well all night. Played as a third centre half one minute, a right winger the next.
Emre Can: 7
Our classiest performer in the wind. Lovely clipped ball through to Benteke early on. Love watching him barging people out the way. Looks fitter.
Jordon Ibe: 6
Wins the penalty, but should do better when put through on goal first half. Some nice turns in midfield away from a marker to get us going.
Roberto Firmino: 5
Struggled a bit, but a fair few miles under his belt this week. Missed his mate, Coutinho.
Adam Lallana: 6
Tough to remember much of note, but he moved the ball as well as anyone. Was unlucky with a couple of knock downs that didn’t quite run for him.
Christian Benteke: 5
Wasn’t a great night for him, but looks like he’ll keep being one in two for the Reds. We got notably worse at keeping the ball up the pitch when he went off. Couldn’t fault his work-rate.
Jordan Henderson: 6
Got a great ovation on his return. Forgot how big he is. Has a great understanding of which way the ball should go, and when he should break forward.
Daniel Sturridge: 5
Minutes on the pitch to build from. Interesting to see what he does with him Wednesday.
Kolo Toure: n/a
Yer ma likes him.
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