ABSOLUTELY battered them 2-0. First to the ball, and better with it. If it wasn’t for their goalkeeper they’d be writing new records.
Instead we go to Old Trafford without a tie-winning lead at this stage but with a commanding one nevertheless. Also with an air of dominance. Let’s see if they can create a chance there.
Simon Mignolet: 7
Largely just watching for the second home game in a row. Is it me or is his distribution better? Seems more relaxed.
Nathaniel Clyne: 8
Up against pace but comfortable as anything. Barely hit a pass wrong either.
Alberto Moreno: 7
He’s a mad bastard. Let’s do the negatives first. His free kicks were shite and he did that daft jumping tackle when he’d actually overtook his opposite number. But much of his play was impressive. Lots of good interceptions and attacked with purpose.
Dejan Lovren: 7
Just a Steady Eddie tonight. Did what was needed.
Mamadou Sakho: 9
His mate though. He’ll paint your house and pass your head off. Complete centre-half performance.
Jordan Henderson: 8
Well better from the captain. Don’t know who was in midfield for them but he battered them. Especially impressive considering a harsh early yellow .
Emre Can: 7
Two bad passes in a row early in the second half. But becoming a real presence in the middle for us.
Adam Lallana: 8
Yes, lad. You feel a bit sorry for him in this league because his main skill is keeping the ball in a league where teams don’t want it. And his second skill is pressing in a league that doesn’t want it. But days like this he’s a king among men. Cool as you like for the second
Philippe Coutinho: 7
Turned and ran and frightened them to death. Should score first half but we’re all still mates.
Roberto Firmino: 9
Clever, tricky, brilliant with his movement. Then he kicks it in the goal. Again. Turning doubters into believers.
Daniel Sturridge: 6
Obviously felt he had a point to prove on the penalty. Quiet other than that, but you take a goal from a striker on his way back.
Joe Allen: 8
An incredible sub no-one else in the ground would have made. Led to a great period for the Reds. Won about 17 headers.
Divock Origi: 7
They were scared to death of him. Great for tired legs. And we sang his name.