Southampton 0-0 Liverpool Player Ratings: See How Jurgen Klopp’s Men Performed At St Mary’s
It was a case of near yet so far for the Liverpool at the St Mary’s as Jurgen Klopp’s men wasted numerous chances to score against a resolute Southampton defence.
After scoring 12 goals in their last three games, expectations were high from Jurgen Klopp’s men against the home team, which had lost its previous two games. In an otherwise uneventful first half, Sadio Mane came close to scoring against his former employers in the 28th minute but was denied by a brilliant save from Fraser Forster. The story remained same in the second half too as the visitors failed to convert a string of chances. Roberto Firmino, Phillipe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne missed fairly easy chances as the Saints held on to earn a valuable point.
The Merseyside outfit remains on top of the Premier League table, ahead of Manchester City on goals scored, but Chelsea now can overtake them with a win at Middlesbrough on Sunday.
Here are the player ratings:
Loris Karius: 6/10
Apart from a punching clearance in the first half, the goalkeeper had very little to do in the game as the Saints were more than happy to sit back and defend rather than play attacking football. The hosts did not manage a single shot on target.
Nathaniel Clyne: 6/10
While he had a decent game in defence where he did reasonably well to keep Sofiane Boufal at bay but his performance while going forward left a lot to be desired. Also missed an easy chance to fire the Reds to lead when he headed a Daniel Sturridge cross wide.
Booed throughout the game by his former fans but remained calm and composed to avoid any mistake. Was tested very little by the Saints’ forward.
Joel Matip: 8/10
Arguably the best Liverpool player on the pitch, his solid display at the back ensured that the Reds do not suffer any damage from any rare attack that the hosts were building.
James Milner: 6/10
As usual, he did a good job in the back but would have liked to contribute more in the attacking buildups.
Jordan Henderson: 6.5/10
The Liverpool skipper dominated the proceedings in the midfield but failed to build any substantial attack.
Gini Wijnaldum: 6/10
Apart from a powerful shot that flew over the bar, the midfielder remained silent for the majority of the game. Also, set up a great chance for Sadio Mane in the first half.
Emre Can: 6/10
Definitely the sharpest of the midfielders, the Germany international built some good attacks but was far away from his usual best. His evening would have become worse when Saints’ striker Charlie Austin failed to convert from Can’s poor pass.
Sadio Mane: 5.5/10
A rare poor game for the Senegal international. Was a constant threat for his former employers with his pace but failed to take advantage of that as he missed several easy chances.
Phillipe Coutinho: 5/10
The fatigue from international duty was clearly visible as the Brazil international failed to display his usual flawless game. Missed an easy chance after the interval and was also booked late in the game.
Roberto Firmino: 6/10
His miss in the second half showed the story of the evening. With only the goalkeeper to beat, the Brazil international hit the ball agonisingly wide. His pressing and energetic display were the only positives for him.
Daniel Sturridge: 6.5/10
Looked sharp after replacing Can in the 78th minute and gave a beautiful cross to Clyne but the right-back squandered the chance.
Divock Origi: Not applicable as he came on in the 90th minute.
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