THE player ratings from Liverpool’s 2-1 League Cup fourth round win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
Simon Mignolet: 8
Thought he did very well and showed massive professionalism, given his current situation. Made a couple of very smart saves and has clearly been working on his deficiencies.
Also, dealt very well with the ball at his feet, character certainly not in question which may come as a surprise to many, including me.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 8
The rising star of the academy, and Gibbo’s poster boy, didn’t disappoint. He’s unlucky to have Nathaniel Clyne in front of him otherwise he’d have at least a dozen first team appearances under his belt. Has all the tools and didn’t look out of place at all.
Lucas Leiva: 7
Not seen the penno back but looked very harsh, assured and aware as ever and was visibly cajoling the younger lads around him and offering guidance.
Ragnar Klavan: 6
Feel a bit harsh giving him the lowest rating of the lot as he wasn’t even that bad, need to remember that six is about the medium rating. Had Joel Matip not been so impressive recently this may well be a seven, which tells you everything about perception, as it has very little to do with him.
Alberto Moreno: 8
The blonde bomber, like Mignolet, under the microscope but did his chances no harm whatsoever. Was smart in possession and even managed a 720 with twist tackle for a further bonus point.
Kevin Stewart: 7
England’s number 35 did himself proud. Had an iffy 10 minutes late in the first-half but showed why the club are so keen on him. The modern everyman in the Liverpool midfield.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 8
Suited being the most senior of the midfield three. Dominated, lead and guided, despite only a handful of Liverpool appearances under his belt. Can see what he offers in the right system and it looks like Jürgen Klopp and the gang can see how to make the most of him.
Marko Grujic: 7
The big Serb with the big shirt back in for his first Anfield start and didn’t disappoint. Looks like he needs to grow into his body a bit but potentially has it all.
Ovie Ejaria: 7
Massive vote of confidence for the 18-year-old and he didn’t disappoint. No fireworks but massive maturity. Huge symbol of the closing gap between Kirkby and Melwood.
Divock Origi: 8
Under pressure to show and show he did, despite not getting on the scoresheet. Full of close control, clever flicks and awareness.
Might be a issue of nerves because he looked like a completely different proposition than he has done of late.
Deserved at least one tonight.
Daniel Sturridge: 9
Should have scored a hat-trick at least, and he’ll know it, but hit the target every time. Still the best striker Liverpool have by a distance and he showed it. Put a couple in and could have had a few assists too.
Also, side note, as you might have not have seen it on the TV, but he’s absolutely first class when Origi goes down with cramp. Alerts Klopp and the staff early and then leads the applause for him. But he’s a selfish prick with an attitude and that.
Nathaniel Clyne: 7 (subbed on 68)
Blah, blah, blah.
Danny Ings: 7 (subbed on 68)
Finally gets on, misses a few despite hitting the target but didn’t do himself any harm.
Emre Can: N/A (subbed on 89)