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Liverpool ratings as Joe Gomez gets 9 but Trent Alexander-Arnold just 4 in win at Leicester

Defender Joe Gomez was worthy of the man of the match award as Liverpool kept their perfect Premier League record intact against Liverpool

Alex Broun 2018/09/01

Liverpool travelled to Leicester hoping to preserve their perfect start to the season – and the first half was a dream scenario after Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struck.

But the hosts were let back in it after the break as Alisson gifted the hosts a goal through a Loris Karius-like blunder. Thanks to the superb Joe Gomez, playing in front of England coach Gareth Southgate, the Reds held on although they did fail to record their fourth clean sheet of the season.

Here are our Liverpool player ratings:

Alisson – 6

Blotted a strong game with a horrific second-half blunder, and a good save from Demarai Gray on 23 minutes.  Strong take from a corner in first half, then calamity as he was too tricky in the box and was dispossessed by Kelechi Iheanacho – leading to first goal conceded in his Liverpool career.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 4

Poor touch to give the ball away early and tried an over-ambitious Alisson-like flick over a Leicester attacker to also give the ball away in a dangerous area. Ran out a lot with not much purpose, Ben Chilwell also kept him on his toes. Seemed to come into the game more when Xherdan Shaqiri came on, finally getting down the right wing, substituted on 88 minutes for Joel Matip.

Virgil van Dijk – 6

Got a quick boot in to cut a dangerous ball out on 30 minutes, dominant in the air and dealt with anything that came his way. Gave the ball away poorly early in second half leading to a shot for James Maddison, and Maddison continued to give headaches to the Dutchman earning a yellow card on 55 minutes. Solid header to diffuse late Leicester threat but some uncustomary lapses.

Joe Gomez – 9

Worked hard on Gray to shut down the Leicester man and showed great pace and vision to snuff out some other dangerous attacks. Saved Van Dijk with a superb block from Maddison, and whenever Liverpool were in trouble Gomez seemed to be there. Superb overall performance and more than deserving of the man of the match award.

Andrew Robertson – 8

Another copybook performance, superb run down the left to set up Sadio Mane for opener showing strength and purpose to overpower Ricardo. Crucial header to clear dangerous corner early in second half, and cleaned up regularly when Van Dijk and Alexander-Arnold slipped up. Gomez and Robertson saved the Reds on more occasions than Jurgen Klopp would have preferred.

James Milner – 7

Midfield enforcer, shown up early by Mendy’s pace but worked hard to close down Leicester midfield, great covering back to shut down a dangerous ball towards Ricardo, perfectly placed corner for Firmino’s goal, bad foul on Ricardo on 92 minutes to give Leicester a dangerous free kick, worked hard but seemed a little off the pace all game.

Jordan Henderson – 6

Slotted in straight away on return to XI with James Milner, finding good space to distribute, sat in front of the back four and did a solid job without doing anything spectacular, substituted for Naby Keita on 70 minutes.

Gini Wijanladum – 6

Put under tremendous pressure by the Leicester midfield who seemed to identify him as a weak link, denied any space and room. Poor giveaway to Albrighton led to chance for Gray. Liverpool missed Keita’s pace and energy to open space and struggled to keep the ball, worked hard but outplayed.

Mohamed Salah – 7

A superb pass to set up Firmino early but then missed the regulation follow-up. Nowhere near as sharp as last year in terms of finishing yet but becoming a great provider for his fellow front man, worked hard all day without much reward, substituted surprisingly on 70 minutes for Shaqiri.

Roberto Firmino – 8

Mr perpetual motion. Had a couple of chances provided by Salah that he was unable to finish early on. Worked hard in the first 45 minutes to win ball up the field but was often shut down by Leicester defenders. Took his header brilliantly with a great run to shake off Maddison and ruthless finish, worked hard for 95 minutes.

Sadio Mane – 7

Superb pace and pinpoint finish to grab opening goal, providing the finishing Salah is missing at the moment. Covered back superbly with some excellent interceptions in first half, couldn’t get in to the game in the second half and cut a frustrated figure, either tired or sullen as he stopped working hard off the ball or chasing as hard as the first stanza.

Subsititutes

Naby Keita – 7

On for Jordan Henderson on 70 minutes, got involved holding up the ball in Leicester’s half. Did exactly as he would have been instructed, won a free-kick to round up the action

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7

On for 70 minutes for Salah, got busy straight away with runs down the left and linking well with Trent Alexander-Arnold. Kept Leicester on the defensive as Liverpool tried to wind down the clock, Klopp would have been very pleased.

Joel Matip – NA

On at 88 minutes for Alexander-Arnold, little to do.

 

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