The match ratings from Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Sunderland.
Loris Karius: 8
Another clean sheet for the young German, clearly gives no fucks what you think and good for him. Two decent saves in each half in angled one v one situations.
Bar giving a soft corner away, made an absolute mug of everyone with his lofted lay off with a few minutes to James Milner at 1-0 and had everyone in a flap.
Nathaniel Clyne: 7
Regulate. Seemed to always be an option in the box.
Joel Matip: 8
Didn’t get sucked into any Sunderland nonsense, dealt with Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe comfortably enough and is currently giving a certain Big Finn a run for his money for bargain of the last century.
Dejan Lovren: 8
Taking turns to have mad runs at the oppo defence. Ridiculous backheel for Emre Can IN HIS OWN AREA late on when under pressure, seems like a completely different lad this year.
James Milner: 7
Scored a pen. Crossed loads. Put the game to bed.
Jordan Henderson: 7
Toiled in front of Sunderland’s back 18 but never lost concentration and kept plugging away.
Emre Can: 8
Got into his stride early on, inches away a few times in judgement and timing but his best game of the season so far.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 7
Holds the ball up so well and looked physically the strongest player on the pitch today.
Sadio Mane: 8
Frustrated for 75 minutes and then becomes the most important and influential player in the last 15 to make it count.
Philippe Coutinho: 7
Roberto Firmino: 8
Does not lose the ball ever, the ultimate offensive troll, which possibly explains the top-knot.
Divock Origi (on 34′): 8
Changes the method and angle of attack for the Reds, seemed to be more direct as the game wore on
Inch perfect finish to relieve a billion tons of pressure off the entire stadium to give the Reds the lead.
Lucas Leiva (on 87′): 7
On for the medal tally.
Ben Woodburn (on 92′): 10
Better than Lionel Messi.