Funny how you know a game is likely to pan out after 10 minutes, isn’t it?
Simon Mignolet: 8
Massive stop one v one when it mattered, needs to keep backing himself.
Nathaniel Clyne: 7
Back to his overlapping best, looked far more dangerous than of late, no idea why, maybe it’s getting the ball a bit earlier?
Mick Clarke is now arguing that he should be an eight, but he knows fuck all.
Lucas Leiva: 8
Had my kecks off tonight, groaned when he was named in the 11, didn’t put a foot wrong and is spending the next week sending Harry Kane to Farmfoods on errands.
Joel Matip: 7.5
Been shaky as fuck since his return, and understandably so, but looked like a Rolls Royce today.
James Milner: 7
Boss when he’s not the outlet, just kept it ticking and stretched the line when needed, brilliant in the 45-60 minute period when Spurs tried to push on.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 8
DER, DER, DER DER DER DER, GINI WIJNALDUM
Jordan Henderson: 9
Extra point for managing the game like a boss in the face of that Wythenshawe cunt who was desperate for a spectacle.
Measure of his impact was the collective teeth sucking when it looked like he’d picked up a bad knock.
Seemed invigorated by the challenges of Dele Ali.
Adam Lallana: 8
Hope springs eternal, effort never in doubt but his confidence in his own decision making back to something we’ve become used to. Tenacious.
Roberto Firmino: 8.5
I’d have dropped him, what do I know?
Philippe Coutinho: 8
Just everything. The speed of thought, mind and execution that we’ve missed was back with a bang. Something to build on, just needs a goal to top it off.
Sadio Mane: 10
Nearly broke his own hat-trick record. Fucking hell.
What a performance. Any team that offers even the nearest hint of space in behind, he’s in his element.
Ragnar Klavan: 7
Expected him to start, shored it up when Lucas had done himself in and didn’t put a foot wrong.
Emre Can: 6
Came on and did a bit.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 10