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HARD to know for sure having not seen any replays of anything, but thought we genuinely played really well there.

Such fine margins in games like that, chances missed there that would keep players up at night.

Simon Mignolet: 6

Didn’t really have loads to do. Also didn’t look like he could do anything about the goal from where I was stood.

Nathaniel Clyne: 6.5

Better today than he has been in recent weeks. Linked up well with Sadio Mane on that right hand side and seemed to make loads of interceptions.

Joel Matip: 6.5

Dealt with most things well, seemed to always be the defender with the composure to clear the ball when it dropped in the area. Need to see it again but looked like he could have scored at the back post in the first half.

Ragnar Klavan: 6.5

Two cool heads at the back for the most part. He makes mistakes but not much seems to faze him. Valuable experience.

James Milner: 7

Not sure why he was getting booed by their lot but thought he had a decent game and took his penalty really well — didn’t look for a second like he was going to miss.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 19, 2017: Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the first goal against Manchester City from the penalty spot during the FA Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Emre Can: 7.5

Really good carrying the ball forward today. Wasn’t sure how he’d cope before the game today considering he wouldn’t have a physical battle to get stuck into. Instead, he threw himself into loads of tackles and overpowered the Manchester City midfield. Well in, lad.

Adam Lallana: 7

Such a hard rating to give. His chance is the moment that changes everything. Heard that he apologised to the players in the dressing room after which has got to be tough. Was very good overall.



Gini Wijnaldum: 7

Not the footballer I thought he’d be in a million years. So good at receiving the ball on the turn and holding off his man. Class again today.

Sadio Mane: 8

Was the outlet going forward as most thought he would be against a City backline billed as being shaky. Pressed so well in the midfield areas too, probably the best defensive performance he’ll put in.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 19, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane is pulled back by Manchester City' David Silva during the FA Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino: 6

Wins the penalty and plays some good stuff with his compatriot but just seemed to run out of legs, which is to be expected given he was a doubt before the game.

Philippe Coutinho: 6

Looked brighter today than he has in recent games but still lacking something. Some of it is probably down to confidence and hopefully today laid some good foundations in that respect.

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Divock Origi: 5.5

Came on to provide legs and was just too static. Dithered too much on the ball. Must be hard for him to come on as a winger but expected more energy.

Lucas Leiva: n/a

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