THE grinding it out Reds, who knew, who are these people, playing shite and winning, who are we? Manchester United?
Lesson worth learning, though…
Simon Mignolet: 7
Doesn’t make a save, has little chance with the goal, makes a couple of proactive decisions that he doesn’t make last year and punches well.
Leaves Gini Wijnaldum hanging on a back pass but apart from that, sound.
Nathaniel Clyne: 5
Wants to do more, forever looking for an option and often doesn’t have one.
Switches off as much as anyone for the Burnley goal.
Joel Matip: 7
Solid enough, leads out well but needs to vocalise more, takes responsibility with his play but could and should be grabbing them by the scruff of the neck.
Ragnar Klavan: 5
Had a torrid first 30, couldn’t make a right decision and looked absolutely petrified, was on a two otherwise.
Improves second half, as did everyone else, but still not brilliant.
James Milner: 6
Kind of left alone to get on with it and not found often enough, especially first half, a bit more second half too.
Got targeted early on but did well enough that Burnley switched.
Emre Can: 2 and 9
First half — I can forgive anything on a football pitch apart from being a coward and hiding.
Watched him for 10 minutes deliberately putting himself in a position where he couldn’t receive the ball because he didn’t feel confident enough to be on the pitch.
Second half — Not brilliant but immeasurably better than what went before and then scores the most enjoyable goal of the season if only because it made a twat of Atko.
Adam Lallana: 6
Didn’t function in a stretched midfield at all first half, didn’t have the surety of touch in the second either.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 8
Don’t see him at all, and then he puts away the calmest finish since Beth buried Trevor Jordache under the patio.
Sadio Mane: 6
Ropey. So good at what he does, he’s unstoppable and always a threat, but off it today.
If he was a little bit better at one or two things we’d be looking at the next world star.
Philippe Coutinho: 4
Must have been carrying something, not even anywhere near his minimum today.
Divock Origi: 7
Massive admiration for commitment and getting involved today, says a lot about him and, dare I say it, his character.
Desperately needs a goal and his touch isn’t there, but got battered from pillar to post today and put everything in.
Ben Woodburn: 9
Such a sure touch, please let him be as good as he thinks he can be.
Think Lucas Leiva would have just got off had he scored.
Lucas Leiva: n/a