ANOTHER potential banana skin of an away game navigated excellently, though the overall performance today was much better than at Stoke.
The Anfield Wrap’s newly-crowned king of ratings Ben Johnson is necking Lemsip with Joe Gomez to get fit for Wednesday’s game with Spartak Moscow, so here are some numbers which reflect my opinion of how our lads played:
Simon Mignolet: 6
Was worried when he wasn’t named captain given his 100 per cent record but The Reds did the business anyway. Did really well to improvise and make the save from Glenn Murray just prior to the third goal. Can do nothing about the penalty, which we’ll come on to…
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7
Started really brightly and was solid for most of the game. Brilliant block to stop Brighton making it 2-3. Maturing into a great lad, on and off the pitch.
So proud to announce that our very first AHFO Ambassador is @LFC‘s @trentaa98 – a really good local lad who we have known for years, who really wants to help us help our city. pic.twitter.com/1MQzcWmQyN
— An Hour for Others (@anhourforothers) 1 December 2017
Emre Can: 7
A proper centre half’s goal to make it 1-0 — the sort of thing we’ve been missing since Sami Hyypia, Dan Agger and Martin Skrtel versus Manchester City.
Dejan Lovren: 6
Didn’t deal particularly well with balls coming into the box, which Murray kept getting onto the end of, but The Reds won 5-1.
Andrew Robertson: 6
Looked a bit rusty in the beginning, understandably. Dealt fairly well with that fella from Sons Of Anarchy they had playing right back.
Jordan Henderson: 6
Was generally OK. Unbelievable decision given against him for their penalty. You can talk about not giving the referee a decision to make but he barely even touches the lad. One of the softest penalties you’ll ever see given.
James Milner: 6
Georginio Wijnaldum: 6
Also sound. Was playing left-sided centre half at times, which is wild.
Philippe Coutinho: 10
Absolutely unreal today. Seemed to just glide about the pitch, had Brighton players chasing shadows all game. Great ball for the second. Probably one of the only players in the world who can pull off that freekick. Probably one of the most skilled players some of those Brighton lads will ever face.
Mohamed Salah: 8
Played a big part in the second and third goals. His pace has been so crucial when The Reds have exploded into counter attacks, as they did to devastating effect today. Pass for the third was great too. Anybody who still thinks he’s just a one-dimensional finisher, or a pace merchant, should probably jib footie.
Roberto Firmino: 9
Good to see him getting among the goals. Great finish for the third.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: N/A
Dominic Solanke: N/A
Marko Grujic: N/A
Winter is looking bright for The Reds, innit?
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On the free kick loved it, but remember Stevie doing it against the blues a few years ago.
Sound ratings Josh- only quarrel is can we please give Miggs a bit more credit – as mad as he can be at times, despite his crap kicks, (a) he didn’t do anything stupid and (b) he produced a few fine saves…. to me that merits a 7/10… also, nearly Christmas eh… Extra point in the stocking?
Agreed. He made some fine saves today.
I Second :)
Saw first half of Arsenal-MU match in the pub right after our win. Arsenal defenders made two mistakes and gave away two goals. And MU keeper (supposedly the best keeper in the league) made two obvious errors in the same half but didn’t conceed goal.
Just saying, our keeper and makeshift defenders are alright. And Lovren played like a real leader with authority.
Thought that myself reading back to be fair. Probably deserved a seven for that.
Yep, also agree with Vaughn.
Make 6 changes, win 5 1 away, wild!!!!
it has all been said,great game,klopp out now you trolls,hahahahhahhahaha.i said a slow burning fuse.bang in may,
Agree with the above. At no point did Mignolet look like a dodgy keeper today: let him have a 7.
Salah gets 2 for not scoring for the billionth time. Fucking useless!! ;-)
10 for coutinho.. not sure about this. Perhaps it’s due to him wanting to fuck off to catalonia but all i see these days is a decent player strolling about the pitch thinking he is Lionel himself. He has his moments but is he really all that?
I tend to agree that the 10 is too much. Did you see Hendo giving him absolute pelters for not getting forward enough in the first 20mins?
So glad i am not the only one who thinks that! I thought he couldnt be assed except for that pass for bobby’s goal and was begging for him to come off for Mane. Then he scored and was great for the final 10 mins. Exceptional player no doubt, messi-like with some of his dribbling today, but passion for the cause seems gone now And we only see moments each game. Not MOTM for me
No doubting his talent for sure but his passion doesnt seem there, as you say. Perhaps he was always like this but im not sure.
I watch on a screen and its possible to miss alot of the intricacies of the game this way. I never quite realised how good Gerrard was until a rare trip to anfield. Cleary better than everyone in the team at that point. Perhaps its the same for Coutinho.
Phil plays well against poor teams but he rarely excels against top quality sides ir even sides at the top of the prem.
Delighted Bobby got himself a brace. Just love him. He works so hard, he’s tough, skillful and the heart of the team. He’s also, apparently, 90K richer tonight!
Some rose coloured specs for Trent. Did well going forward, but Izzy Brown had him on toast for 20 minutes after half time. Chris Hughton must have felt sorry for him to sub Brown off.
Make no mistake, the boy’s going to be a star, but he desperately needs to stop diving in 30 yards from goal and missing ball and man.
To be fair he is still a work in progress and whilst positionally he can be found wanting at times his tracking back to block a potential Brighton second goal was superb.