Liverpool 6 Watford 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool 6 Watford 1: Player Ratings

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POETRY IN MOTION
WE SCORE WHEN WE WANT
I HAVE NOTHING (MORE) TO SAY

Loris Karius (7.5) – Pretty much trouble free first half for the German as Watford struggled to create any threatening chances. He looked eager to initiate quick counter-attacks whenever possible. Karius was far more involved in the second half and pulled off three excellent saves to ensure Liverpool did not concede more than one. His catching and punching was far more confident than what we have seen till now.

Nathaniel Clyne (7.5) – Solid first half from the right-back as Liverpool were on the ascendancy from the beginning. Facing a 3-5-2 formation allowed him to go past his opposite wing-back and participate in the attacking moves whenever possible. Had more defending to do in the latter part of the second half as Watford created a few decent chances. He created a great chance for Coutinho which the Brazilian should have scored easily.

Lucas Leiva (7.5)- Lucas was brought into the lineup as Dejan Lovren was ruled out due to a virus and he put in a competent performance as Liverpool dominated. He had a glorious chance to put Liverpool ahead in the first half, but considering  his scoring record, it was not surprising to see him fluff up the opportunity. He was solid in the second half as Watford got into the ascendancy after the 65 minute mark.

Joel Matip (8) – Matip used his aerial ability to the fullest to deal with any high balls directed towards the front two from Watford. He was equally good in dealing with any threat on the floor as he frequently stepped out to intercept passes from the Watford defenders. As we have seen before, he was not shy to make occasional forays into the opposition box with his unheralded ability on the ball.

James Milner (7) – Milner was back in the starting XI after an enforced absence due to injury and he put in the sort of tireless shift that we have come to expect from him. His ability to push up nullified the tactical superiority of Watford in the midfield. He struggled at times dealing with the direct running from Amrabat on the left hand side. His set-piece delivery was generally excellent which was typified by his great free-kick in added time in the first half which was well saved by Pantilimon.

Jordan Henderson (7) – The Captain was the better of the deeper midfielders today as he was astute in identifying potential dangers and was simple with his passing to get Liverpool into the attacking half. His performance was better in the second half from an attacking point of view, once Wijnaldum came on, as Henderson made a number of runs into the box to overload the Watford defence. He made a great pass to Firmino whose pass created Liverpool’s 5th goal. Henderson was also partly to blame for Watford’s goal as he totally left his man unmarked.

Emre Can (7.5) – Struggled in the first half as he turned the ball over a couple of times with his careless passing. He also put the defence under pressure when he carried the ball from midfield to his own keeper but better sense prevailed and Liverpool got away without conceding a goal from yet another error. He justified his inclusion though with a well taken Lampard-esque goal late in the first half to make it two goals in two games for the German. In the second half we saw the true capabilities of Can as he exhibited his ability to carry the ball box-to-box. The competition between Can and Wijnaldum is surely hotting up.

Adam Lallana (7.5) – Outstanding first half from Lallana as he was alert to any loose ball or loose touch from the Watford midfield and was quick to initiate attacks with his excellent ball carrying ability between the attacking lines of play. Delivered an outstanding cross for Can to slot in Liverpool’s 3rd goal. He was taken off in the second half to a rousing ovation after a great performance yet again.

Sadio Mane (8) – Hard working performance from Mane as the interchanging of positions with Firmino and Coutinho totally befuddled the Watford 3 man defence who met their match in the Liverpool front three. He exhibited yet another facet in his fledgling Liverpool career with the precise manner in which he directed his header to score the first of Liverpool’s goals for the day. He scored yet another goal in the second half to cap off an excellent display.

Roberto Firmino (8.5) – Firmino continues to be the less in-focus Brazilian and he was very much involved in almost every attacking play. He dropped deep to drag the Watford defence out which opened up the space for Mane to exploit. He delivered the assist for Coutinho’s goal. He got his just rewards in the second half as he scored and setup another goal. It surely looks like Firmino is un-droppable as the #9.

Phil Coutinho (9) – What can we say about the Little Magician? Every epithet has been written, every ode has been directed in the online universe and yet he continues to leave us open-mouthed with his skill-set. It looked at times like he was controlling the ball with an invisible thread tied to his boots as the ball moved at will on his beckoning. A couple of his first touches were outstanding and he delivered a teasing ball for Mane’s header. He was duly rewarded with a well taken goal as he buried a great chance for Liverpool’s second. Legitimate claims to be the best player in the league in this form.

Substitutes

Daniel Sturridge (8) – It was quite clear that all the Liverpool players were looking to setup Sturridge and he could have had a hat trick if luck was on his side. Rattled the bar on a couple of chances. A sharp cameo.

Giorginio Wijnaldum (8) – Excellent cameo as he was sharp on the ball and allowed Henderson to foray into attack. Scored his first goal for Liverpool

Ovie Ejaria (N/A) – A great moment for the 18 year old as he made his Premier League debut.

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7 responses to “Liverpool 6 Watford 1: Player Ratings”

  1. Well, personally I think you sold Adam Lallana a little short: he had two assists on Liverpool’s first 4 goals and was always on the front foot. When he was taken off the field, you could have called in the dogs and put out the fire — the hunt was over.

    I really can’t gush enough great stuff about this Liverpool team: they scored six goals, and they truly could have had another 5-6. What’s cracking me up are the pundits here in the States who wonder if the team can keep up this pace for the entire season? Fellas, the German Genius still has Emre Can and Giorginio Winaldum splitting time (so they’ll stay fresh) and Marko Grujic and Divock Origi chomping at the bit to get some run. Sorry, I just don’t see this team tiring out.

  2. Bill Francis says:

    I can’t understand why Lucas played central defence when Klavan was available.
    Can still lumbers about and gets caught in possession.
    We are still two players short of a title winning team.
    Marius played really well.

  3. TM says:

    Maybe because Klopp thought he was better?
    Jesus Christ. Even after such a magnificent win people can still find a reason to moan.

  4. Neil Wood says:

    Excellent performance from every player, how often has any Liverpool fan got to state them words on a Monday morning. These are the games that we used to slip up on, the team look hungry and happy to be playing football. Only just over 25 percent into the season though, win 8 of the next 10 and we will be in good shape for May. Klopp is proving to be even better than we all thought he would be

  5. Red Panther says:

    @ TM says:
    November 7, 2016 at 6:15 am
    Maybe because Klopp thought he was better?
    Jesus Christ. Even after such a magnificent win people can still find a reason to moan.

    Maybe that’s because our fans love Locus and yes I said and meant LOCUS NOT lucas as you call him. He was the cause of the goal but no one will point that out instead lets give him a 7.5 over the likes of James Milner (7) and or Jordan Henderson (7) ???? Oh and yes he was the cause of the goal and your gonna say how??? Well here it is James Milner sending the attacker down the line to cross for a comfortable clearance as he was suppose to do had everything covered and what does your hero do ? Leave the center there for stopping the man from crossing from a deeper position there for giving less options. The ball goes right where his spot was vacated and BOOM GOAL! I hate that our fans point out every other players mistakes and faults and not his he fouls all the time oh almost forgot he should have been carded for another silly dive in luckily the ref let play go on! I Cringe EVERYTIME I C HIM ON THE TEAM SHEET LET ALONE ON THE FIELD! An EXCELLENT TEAM EFFORT LOVE MY POOL YNWA!!!!

    OH and fans will tell you he’s a defensive midfielder and he doesn’t need to score but name one team where the defensive midfielders don’t score hence LOCUS !!! every time he plays it adds to his famine title

  6. Red Panther says:

    Sorry it was Can that was sending the man wide but either way stay in your [email protected]#$% position and NO its not a one off occurrence so don’t even attempt to use that. Lets not forget he also gave away a penalty in the cup game when we were just cruising bringing on all that unnecessary pressure by doing what FOULING A MAN NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE, BUT THREE TIMES RIGHT IN FRONY OF TH REF! ALL THAT WHILE THE MAN WASN’T EVEN FACING OUR GOAL!!!!! INFACT HE WAS DIRECTLY FACING HIS OWN GOAL!!!!!!!!

  7. Abdul says:

    Listen carefully genius, Henderson was to blame for the goal as he was the trailing player who left his man open.
    The ball came down the flank past Milner, Can went into position, Lucas covered wide in case the Watford player gets passed Can down the right side for a cross. Henderson was the one supposed to pick up Janmaat but instead chose to follow Can AND Lucas covering the right side, leaving Janmaat’s left side wide open for a shot.
    When Henderson realized both Lucas and Can covering the right side, henderson was to stay put and cover the middle which he failed to do, hence Matip’s frustration towards henderson. Take a closer look at the replay before you go on another rant, young homie.

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Updated: 2016-11-06 19:10:00
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