The fans on the Merseyside will have a quite day at work today after the Reds were beaten for the second time this season by their nemesis Manchester United. Liverpool played some good football at times but failed to take their chances while Wayne Rooney pounced on to ball that came to him after hitting the cross bar.
Liverpool were slightly the better side on the night but United ran away with all three points. Here are the player ratings for the Liverpool players for this game.
Simon Mignolet (2.5):
Was a tough ask for him to keep Rooney’s thunderbolt from 6 yards out and was generally strong and commanding in his area though he was not tested much.
Nathaniel Clyne (2):
He was rarely given any time to help Liverpool on the attack as he had to deal with Martial all night long. Was generally solid at the back.
Kolo Toure (3):
Toure hardly had to break a sweat at the back as he made a couple of blocks and interceptions and kept Rooney quite for most of the game.
Mamadou Sakho (3):
Sniffed out a number of attacks from the visitors as he was a strong presence at the back giving United no easy way to goal.
Alberto Moreno (3):
Hardly had anything to do in defense as he was a constant threat in the final third making a number of over-lapping runs to free up space.
Lucas Leiva (3):
Superb performance by Lucas as he provided a shield in front of the back four giving no space and time for the visitors when in possession.
Emre Can (3.5):
An energetic performance by the mid-fielder who was denied twice by de Gea. Was a constant presence in the mid-field using his drive to take his side on the attack.
Jordan Henderson (2.5):
Tried his best to take on defenders and create opportunities for himself but hardly ever made de Gea work even as he had a number of chances to put the game to bed.
James Milner (3):
Took up some great positions with his willingness to run but lacked the final product that can give Liverpool some goals.
Adam Lallana (2):
Got himself involved at times in the play but was largely under the shadows making no effort off the ball to free space up for his team mates. A disappointing performance from the gifted mid-fielder.
Roberto Firmino (3):
Provided some moments of brilliance but need to improve on his strength and finishing if he wants to lead the line for Liverpool regularly.
Jordan Ibe (2.5):
Used his pace well to take Liverpool up the pitch but was disappointing with his final ball eve with Benteke in the center.
Christian Benteke (2.5):
No more the first choice at Liverpool, Benteke came off the bench with just 10 minutes to go and tried to make a nuisance in the penalty area. Hardly tested de Gea.
Steven Caulker (2.5):
Once again sent out to use his strength and height with 3 minutes to go and had just a couple of touches on the ball.
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