Liverpool vs Manchester City
Liverpool vs Manchester City

Revenge is sweet as the Anfield faithful will tell you when their team were able to dent Manchester City’s title hopes after losing to them in the League Cup final just a few days ago. Manchester City looked dull and void of any energy as Liverpool put in an energetic performance to take all three points with a 3-0 scoreline at Anfield.

Here are the player ratings for both the teams from this game:

Liverpool:

Mignolet (3):

Was hardly troubled by the Manchester City front line and barely had to make a save in a comfortable night between the sticks.

Clyne (3.5):

Playing in an unfamiliar position as a left back as he frustrated the likes of Navas down the flank giving him no space and time on the ball.

Toure (3):

Kept his cool and showed his experience even as City found it hard to put the pressure on the Liverpool back four. A strong performance from the veteran defender.

Lovren (3.5):

Looked strong in the air as he dealt with almost everything thrown at him in a strong performance coming back from an injury lay-off.

Flanagan (4):

Set the tone with a crunching tackle on Sterling and kept the winger quiet for most of the game in a superb performance from the local lad.

Can (4):

Dominated the midfield and ran ragged whenever he got some space in the middle. Was influential in everything good that Liverpool had to offer.

Henderson (3):

Was sloppy with his passing at times but was a strong presence in the midfield winning the ball a number of times in the mid-field to set his team on the attack.

Milner (4):

Fired in the second Liverpool goal and was superb all around the park with his energy and anticipation to frustrate his former team-mates for the full 90 minutes.

Lallana (4.5):

Showed his pace and energy as he was the constant menace in the final third and also got himself a goal and an assist to show for a man of the match performance from the ex-Southampton skipper.

Firmino (3.5):

Scored one and assisted Milner’s goal in another accomplished performance from the Brazilian who now has 6 goals in the last 7 games for Liverpool.

Divock Origi (3):

Showed his pace and strength against the likes of Kompany in a solid and determined performance showing the world why he has risen above Benteke in the pecking order at Liverpool.

Subs:

J Ibe (2.5)

Allen (3)

Benteke (3)

Manchester City:

Hart (2.5):

Should have done better to stop Lallana long range effort but was generally sold by his teammates for the other two goals on a torrid night for the shot stopper.

Zabaleta (2.5):

Was hardly a threat in the final third for Liverpool and was also caught out on the flank a number of times with Liverpool’s movement off the ball.

Kompany (3):

The only reason the scoreline stayed at 3-0, Kompany showed his importance to the side as he was solid at the back for almost everything at him by Liverpool.

Otamendi (2):

Had an awful day as his touch led him down a number of times and was also out of position for a number of Liverpool attacks in the second half.

Clichy (2.5):

Was sloppy at the back at times and also provided little to nothing in an attacking position in a sedate display from the wing back.

Fernando (1.5):

Was a viewer for most of the game as Liverpool literally went past him with ease in a below par performance from the defensive midfielder.

Fernandinho (2):

Was at fault for Liverpool’s second goal and also made no impact in the midfield as Liverpool ran the strings to perfection.

Silva (2.5):

Found little joy in the final third as Liverpool were strong and solid at the back giving the Spaniard no space and time on the ball.

Navas (2.5):

Started the game brightly using his pace but faded away as the game went on and hardly did anything in the second half of the game.

Sterling (2):

Taken off at half time having made no impact on the game, Sterling who had a day to forget on his return to Anfield was out of sorts on the night.

Aguero (2):

Tried to dazzle through the Liverpool defense at times but hardly had any time on the ball to create the kind of impact he would have hoped for.

Subs:

Kolarov (2.5)

Ihenacho (2.5)

Bony (2.5)

 

 

 

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