Martin Fitzgerald offers up his player ratings after Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League…
TERRIBLE that, Reds.
After the Palace result I’d started to think we were the ones who had started to normalise this strange season, that we were the first ones to make sense of it.
A home game against West Brom surely presented an ideal opportunity to extend our lead at the top and, after their weird kick off, and Mane’s goal, everything looked rosy.
But then Big Sam happened – a man who probably only knows it’s Christmas because Pornhub have put a Santa’s Hat on the “O”
Here, then, is how Scrooge made Tiny Tim eat his own head…
Alisson : 7
Does well against Grant at 1-0 but even he couldn’t do anything when the second half turned into a massive game of “who can do the weirdest thing to give away a corner.”
Trent : 6.5
Didn’t really pose a threat going forward and, like the whole team, fell into the trap of regularly crossing into a packed defence.
Big Joel : 7
Was having a lovely time until he got led away by a man in a mask whilst he was rubbing his cock.
I had a similar night out myself during Christmas ‘93 so I know he feels.
Fabs : 7
Had a dream he was on First Dates, sitting at the bar talking to that barman who definitely isn’t a barman.
“What you looking for then?”
“Just someone who will stick around for a while, maybe a month or two”
And then Joel Matip walks in, trips over that French guy, who I suspect isn’t even French, and breaks his legs.
Robbo : 7.5
Probably our best player, definitely our best crosser.
Gini : 6
Did alright but we needed something weird in that midfield today to open them up and Gini is anything but weird.
Saying that, I did see a picture on Instagram of him with his family, about 15 of them, and they were all dressed in the same clobber. For one terrible moment I thought he might have formed a cult or, even worse, a band along the lines of The Polyphonic Spree.
Jones : 6
Thought he was doing alright but has a nightmare for their goal and put Williams in an impossible position.
Hendo : 6
Not his best game and I haven’t seen that many misjudged crosses since The Sisters of Mercy headlined Reading Festival.
Sadio : 7
Great touch and finish for the goal. Should have been the abiding memory of the game.
Bobby : 7
I’m not sure what the stats say cause I’m not a stats pervert, but he definitely seems to be getting back to somewhere near his best.
Nearly wins it but for a great save from their keeper. Convinced everyone else would have just given up had that gone in.
Mo : 6
Kept running into trouble, generally not scoring and making a load of journalists re-learn how to spell Midtjylland.
Williams : 4
Came on and very much unsteadied the ship.
The Ox : 6
Looked bright. Did he produce the cross for Bobby’s header? Can’t remember but good for him if he did. Probably wondering whether what’s left of our centre backs and Little Mix can join forces to protect themselves.
Divock : N/A
The only reason I would have brought him on is to give him the captain’s armband just to see Mo’s face.
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Too harsh on Rhys and not harsh enough on Curtis.
If Mo had a right foot we would have been out of sight by the time they scored. Could have done with a more creative/adventurous midfield at home to WBA….Jones, if he has it in his locker, needs to show more creativity and risk…..anyway not the worst result if we can beat Newcastle….who will be pumped to the hilt by Bruce
Yeah – if there’s one thing we lack its some who can dribble past a defender and take two or three out of the game
We really need that against a low block of 10
Man City have that and that’s why they are usually always slaughtering sides like this
I really hope WBA get relegated – teams who play like that have no place in top tier football
Who would want to support that
What player would want to play like that
These are always brilliant Martin and I know the actual scores aren’t really the point, but none of our starters getting lower than a six is a bit weird, when collectively we were absolutely shite from 25 minutes onwards.
It’s a tiny pathetic hill on which to die, but I often wonder what our players have to do to get lower than a five. Even Adrian in full Massimo Taibi mode was getting fives and sixes.