ANOTHER nervy finish but another Liverpool win. I’m not sure we want to become 1-0 specialists. I’m not sure it suits our abilities or my stress levels. But you’ll take it for now.
Liverpool actually should have had much more. We’re getting better at 0-0 but still not solving enough problems at 1-0 up to take the game away from the opposition. But hopefully these wins mean we all start feeling a lot better about life. And confidence and composure grows.
Simon Mignolet 6
One dodgy moment when he should just clear Jermaine Defoe out the way. Generally looked a lot more comfortable though, maybe due to the familiar surroundings. Good punch at the end at a time my screams for the referee to blow up were getting higher and higher.
Nathaniel Clyne 7
Nice ball onto Firmino’s head first half. Solid defending throughout.
Alberto Moreno 7
His recovery speed is such an asset. Sensible rather than spectacular with the ball.
Dejan Lovren 6
Too slow out to Fabio Borini for his first half chance. Isn’t terrific for Borini’s second half chance either. But some commanding headers, and is growing in stature.
Mamadou Sakho 6
Slowly getting back there. Daft dangerous free kick just before half time aside.
Jordan Henderson 5
Was clearly injured early-ish. Was right to go off, as it was effecting his play. Especially his tackling.
Emre Can 7
A couple of slack passes first half, but was a real asset with his direct running second half. Valuable without the ball too. He takes some getting round.
Adam Lallana 5
Pretty anonymous really, non-deliberate assist aside.
Philippe Coutinho 5.5
Wasn’t his best night. And is shooting too much with players ahead of him. But still moments of class. Looked annoyed to be taken off. Good.
Roberto Firmino 5.5
Awful touch early on when he was through. Then hits the post with a piledriver. Generally thought his midfield play was improved. Not sure about that clearance straight up in the air though….
Christian Benteke 6
Keeps winning games for Liverpool. Seems to be working on his movement and some of his link up play was sublime. Put that one in at the end though mate. Could have saved my nails.
Lucas Leiva 7
Thought he was very impressive. Won loads of tackles, and intelligent with his passing.
Jordon Ibe 5
Looked a bit too eager. Relax mate. You’re dead good.
Kolo Toure 10
What a great fella
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