A WIN that puts us through, with a fair chance of topping a group in which it took us forever to post a win. Wasn’t always pretty, but some nice play all the same. Albeit with a few more miles in a few more legs. Anyway scores.
Simon Mignolet 3.5
Massive respect to him for finding a new way of annoying everyone, when you thought he had the full set already. I’d like to score him higher, as I know it upsets people, but he didn’t do anything else apart from a routine save and a laughable header. Actually his kicking was alright. Half a point for that.
Nathanial Clyne 7
Thought both full backs played within themselves a little but he linked up well with his rotating wingers.
Alberto Moreno 7
Has nailed that skip through the legs into the area. A nice skill to have.
Kolo Toure 8
Treated a bit too much like a clown, but that was, by any measure, a fine centre half performance. Enjoyed the win too.
Shame about the daft dangerous free kick at the end because before that he played pretty well. Stepped out to anticipate the danger on more than one occasion.
Lucas Leiva 6
A bit quieter from the Brazilian, but was there when it mattered.
Joe Allen 6
A funny performance from Diamond Joe. Full of energy but strangely wayward with his passing on occasion.
James Milner 7
Solid, dependable, intelligent, creates chances. I sometimes wonder what people want from a midfielder.
Jordon Ibe 6
Not at his sparkling best, but stretched the pitch and gave their full backs plenty to think about.
Roberto Firmino 5
Not the best night for Bobby. Obviously prefers the company of Phil and Adam, but its not the schoolyard. You can’t always play with your mates. Needs to learn to work with the big man.
Christian Benteke 8
Took all three of his goals really well. Only got to keep one of them, but never mind.
Emre Can 5
Not really at the races
Adam Lallana 5
At the races. Just the wrong ones.
Divock Origi 5
Stuck in the traps