A REALLY strange day. The game had a feel of a friendly first half as Liverpool strolled into a 2-0 lead without much effort and Villa looked pretty disinterested.
Maybe it was the fact we all had the sun in our eyes throughout the first half so it was all a bit squinty. Or maybe it was the fact we started 11th and they are truly terrible. But our end never even really got going today, and you wouldn’t say any of our players were terrific either. We just casually beat them 6-0.
But we’re positive, winning and suddenly plentiful in attack. Not all our worries are over. But I would imagine Manchester City are a bit more worried than they were. The Reds might be coming up a hill.
Simon Mignolet 7
Nice punch at 0-0. Handled it well on their rare attacks.
Nathaniel Clyne 8
Gets his first league goal for the reds, and was a great option all game.
Alberto Moreno 7
A touch quiet with everything else going on. But quietly effective is fine. Better than loudly dreadful.
Kolo Toure 8
Will never score an easier goal, but it was still a lovely moment. Couldn’t fault him defensively either.
Mamadou Sakho 7
Will have enjoyed a game to help him ease back in. Was there on the rare occasions he was needed.
Emre Can 8
We might look back on this as a really important season for Emre. Seems to be growing in stature and its a lovely strike for the goal. Like an old pro.
Jordan Henderson 7
Just positive he got through 90 unscathed, really. Looked more comfortable in his body.
James Milner 7
His delivery from wide is a real asset. Underrated player.
Roberto Firmino 8
Neither Brazilian got a goal, which is a bit mad really, but both were bright as a button. The quality of Bobby’s final ball and work rate were phenomenal.
Philippe Coutinho 8
Bet I like him more than you. Terrific cross for the first. Then kept doing wonderful things.
Daniel Sturridge 7
Not quite at full throttle but gets the goal that sets us on our way. Just seems to make everyone feel really Zen. Which means we score loads of goals.
Divock Origi 7
Came on and kicked it right in the goal.
Kevin Stewart 7
Pretty much my favourite player. Lovely clipped ball to send us off down the right.
Christian Benteke 5
Shame we couldn’t get him a goal.