Unnecessarily nervy last 20, wasn’t it? Could and should have been 52-0 up, but what can you do. The Reds joint top. Sound.
Loris Karius: 10
Thought he’d be getting his second consecutive clean sheet tonight, and the fact that he didn’t isn’t a reflection on him either. Took a few crosses tonight and, one wild blam out of play aside, looked decent with his feet.
Nathaniel Clyne: 7
Standard six out of 10 with a bonus point for some defence into attack trolling, just want him to bag one to start a streak of five on the spin.
Joel Matip: 8
Quietly as important as the signing of Sadio Mane so far. Smooth, strong, calm and assured showing again from the Cameroonian.
Dejan Lovren: 7
Degsy, with his big massive head, smashing headers and playing Stephane Henchoz to Matip’s Sami Hyppia. Huge turnaround for the Croatian.
James Milner: 7
Undervalued option on the left, bit isolated for a change, but never underappreciated with the back against the wall in the last 10. Ridiculous pass to set Phil Coutinho free in the second half.
Jordan Henderson: 7
One of them, if you can’t remember slagging a centre-mid off then you know he’s done alright. Had a few mad switches with Adam Lallana which was interesting.
Emre Can: 7
Wish I could split this, because I thought he was ace for the first 60 and then crap for the last 30, so I’ve taken an average. Suprised he didn’t get hooked. Boss few cameos further forward and, had he been a yard dog, would have got on the scoresheet but was too precise with his attempted worldie that hit the yard dog Jonas Olsson’s leg.
Adam Lallana: 8
Good little showing for his centennial appearance for the Reds, showed what was missed against the equally yard-doggish Manchester United earlier in the week.
Philippe Coutinho: 9
The dummy. Just the dummy. Everything else, norrarsed.
Sadio Mane: 8
Finished off what should be goal of the season. Everything else, norrarsed.
Roberto Firmino: 9
If ever Nolan took the Batman franchise back on he needs to take Bobby on as the riddler. Marked down because he didn’t get on the sheet. Could’ve had a hat-trick.
Gini Wijnaldum: 6 (79 for Lallana)
Great touch to put Firmino through but passed up the simplest assist of his life to send one past the post with a few minutes remaining.
Lucas Leiva: N/A (88 for Coutinho)
Closer to a medal in May.
Divock Origi: N/A (90+1 for Mane)