Liverpool continued their good home form against Top 6 rivals with a convincing win against the blue side of Liverpool. It’s always a particularly satisfying win when beating Everton but doing the double over them means the Red side are totally dominant this season. Anyway, back to the game – here are the ratings for the game.
Simon Mignolet (7) – Had very little to do. Made a good save from a deflected shot. He would appreciate more such afternoons.
Nathaniel Clyne (6.5) – A game of no big talking points for Clyne, which can be good, or bad, depending on how one wants to view it. Provided a very minimal attacking threat but managed to keep Everton players quiet.
Joel Matip (7) – An excellent game from Matip as his combination with Lovren managed to keep Lukaku quiet. Was in the right position many a time to intercept the ball. A calming influence on the back line.
Dejan Lovren (7) – A good game on his comeback as he gobbled up every aerial duel there was to win against Lukaku. Constantly tracked Lukaku, foiling every possible attack. Was static when Pennington sneaked in to score. Will be interesting to note if he can keep up this level of performance.
James Milner (6.5) – Very noticeable for his defensive contributions today as he was on the money in cutting out crosses. Could have done better in attack, but that can be reserved for some other day 🙂
Lucas Leiva (7.5) – There were many groans when it was announced that Lucas was starting. Lucas, though, did not put a foot wrong as he stepped up his level. He was first to most of the duels and was quick to pass the ball to the advanced midfielders.
Emre Can (7) – Can moved into the advanced midfielder role due to Lallana’s absence and he had a good game. Always ready to slide into a tackle (though a couple of them did not end well). Had a couple of long-rangers which were blocked. He failed to track Jagielka as he made the run to the near post and flicked on the chance which ended up in the goal.
Giorginio Wijnaldum (7) – A performance which went un-noticed, which is usually good news when it comes to Wijnaldum. Was constantly moving about to get into the right position to receive and immediately pass the ball.
Sadio Mane (8) – The man for the big games. Completed an excellent individual move with an early goal and was a constant threat due to his pace. His injury will be a huge cause of concern with Liverpool already suffering with lack of squad depth.
Roberto Firmino (7) – His nice one-two with Mane opened up the scoring for Liverpool and he worked tirelessly as usual. His position kept changing as Liverpool made their substitutions, but his effort was noticeable until he was taken off.
Philippe Coutinho (9) – Coutinho, on the back of a great week for Brazil, capped it off with his best performance for Liverpool in months. His run towards the centre opened up the space for Mane to shoot. His goal was one for the connoiseurs with a tremendous move and finish. His day ended with an assist for Origi’s goal. Taken off in the second half and he did not look pleased, and why would he?
Divock Origi (7) – A welcome return to goal-scoring form considering Liverpool’s injury issues. Liverpool tried to play behind the Everton defenders which suited Origi perfectly. There might be more starts for Origi in the near future if Mane is out for a longer duration.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (6) – A very bright performance as he was pushed up into the front three. He had a couple of attempts on goal as the adrenaline took over. Looks suited to play in defense or in midfield as his youth career has shown till now.