Beat the shite and win the league, well on today’s showing we might struggle. One Phil Coutinho shot aside, we didn’t look like we could break the massed rank of blue-shirted bellends to get a potentially huge three points.
Anyway, the ratings –
Loris Karius: 6
Very little to do given the lack of threat, clawed a low cross away, probably won’t need to wash his jersey.
Nathaniel Clyne: 6
Solid, didn’t look troubled, tried to make the extra man on the overlap but when you’ve got five buses to evade in the box, what can you do?
Joel Matip: 6
Dealt well with what he had to do, broke forward a few times well. Looks to have settled quickly and dealt with whatever limited pressure was put on him.
Dejan Lovren: 6
One great clearing header in the first half, aside from that had very little to do.
James Milner: 6
Mix it, make it and don’t get beat – which he didn’t. Struggled to influence further forward as of late, though.
Jordan Henderson: 5
Struggled to find gaps in a hyper-congested midfield, felt like he needed an extra gear with United there for the taking.
Emre Can: 5
See above, albeit a bit more sloppy, but again, like playing in an attack v defence drill and looked a little rusty.
Philippe Coutinho: 6
Massed rank in front of him, but didn’t look sharp enough when he had the time and space. Came nearest to breaking the deadlock but aside from that, quiet.
Could have done with watching videos of Everton circa 1994.
Roberto Firmino: 6
Bits and pieces, just bits and pieces. Needed either him or his compatriot to shine and none did.
Sadio Mane: 5
Strangled for space, didn’t get going, passing and link up poor when he did have the chance to impose.
Daniel Sturridge: 5
Given a big chance against a team he’s performed well against in the past and struggled to make an impact.
Adam Lallana: 6 (60)
Lively as ever, would have started if fit, but can’t be expected to take on 62 men on his own.
Divock Origi: (85)
Alberto Moreno: (85)