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?