GOD, I don’t half feel sorry for Gibbons, although I’m sure he’s had a great time.
Hard watching that.
Anyway, the ratings…
Loris Karius: 6
Good, strong hand on a long range effort in the first half that had ‘upset’ written all over it, bending, swerving and dipping with ALL of the venom.
Flapped at a few bits and pieces but always made contact.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 8
All the young lads get a bonus point, why? Because they’re my ratings.
Anyway, tough opening quarter of an hour but grew into it and made an absolute beast of a goal-saving tackle.
Is right, young Trent.
Joe Gomez: 7
Had a handful to deal with and wasn’t offered much protection either, factor in a ridiculous early yellow card, a performance and experience that will only stand him in good stead at centre-half.
Lucas Leiva: 7
Always puts it all in, always has a moment that’ll scare you to death.
Last time Lucas got on the scoresheet the world was a much better place, maybe it’s a sign?
Alberto Moreno: 6
Easy to be a scapegoat, tried to take responsibility and was relatively disciplined.
Don’t know if it was luck or design for the penno but if it was the latter it was very clever play.
Kevin Stewart: 5
Loses out on the youth bonus point cause he’s the same age as Emre Can.
Maybe it’s on the manager but he was never going to consistently compete with a fella about a foot taller than him.
Ovie Ejaria: 6
Neither him or Stewart looked particularly good tonight but to be fair most of the ball was over the lad’s head and the pitch wasn’t the greatest either.
Philippe Coutinho: 5
If ever there was a case of playing within yourself with an eye on the weekend this was it, and I’m absolutely fine with it.
Ben Woodburn: 7
Doesn’t lack confidence, that’s for sure. Never ducked it, nothing much came off but always willing to try and make something happen.
Has a certain poise about him and reminds me a bit of a certain Spaniard.
Divock Origi: 5
Looks absolutely shorn at the moment, probably explains the extra coaching sessions he’s having, but looked less likely to score that penalty than Chad in the League Cup Final.
Had his best spell after the miss but not enough. Poor.
Daniel Sturridge: 5
Nothing into feet and nothing to work with, nor was he involved enough off his own steam.
SHOULD have had a penalty too, and looked to be getting a little bit of joy as Plymouth tired but will have wanted to do more.
Harry Wilson: 7
Near gegenpressed a goal with his first touch.
Sheyi Ojo: 7
Looked very dangerous when he came on, can’t not have been noted.