Liverpool turned up at Old Trafford and did only that. The Reds put in a performance so shambolic that questions need to be asked of the team and manager. There was nothing noteworthy to be taken from this game hence the following player ratings are going to take a mighty effort to stay fair and just. Peter Schmeichel termed this Liverpool team ‘the worst he has seen’ after the game, following similar comments from Harry Redknapp this week.
Simon Mignolet – 4.5 The keeper had a nervy start to the game failing to recognize the presence of an opposition player two yards away. He seemed to have a genuine phobia of the ball and was comprehensively beaten for both goals.
Nathaniel Clyne – 5 The full-back had a decent game in the first half as he went toe to toe with Memphis Depay, covering his off the ball runs. However, his foul on Ashley Young resulted in the opening goal.
Martin Skrtel – 3.5 Skrtel was jittery on the ball as well as retreating when the opposition attacked. Martial walked past him for the third goal as if he was not there.
Dejan Lovren – 4.5 A rare better performance than his partner. Lovren was caught on the ball once and conceded a foul to Fellaini. In general, nothing to write about which in this case is good.
Joe Gomez -4.5 The usual, solid defensive performance with no attacking output we have come to expect from the youngster. A clumsy foul led to the second goal via a penalty; the kind of mistakes one expects from a player playing out of position at such a young age.
Lucas Leiva – 4.5 A shocking first half riddled with turning the ball over and conceding dangerous and needless fouls. Ran out of breath midway through the second half.
James Milner -4.5 Had to be the worst performance from the stand-in captain this season. There was no drive and no intent on holding on to to the ball, which is the key tenet if the team is set-up for a draw.
Emre Can – 6 The only player who seemed to have understood the significance of this game. Can was constantly looking to drive forward from his own half and was often seen directing the rudder-less team; a point just for understanding the occasion. Captaincy material.
Roberto Firmino – 4.5 Started on the right of the trident behind Benteke. Firmino put in a decent defensive effort, but did not produce much on the offensive front. I think the clock will start ticking after this performance.
Danny Ings – 5 Ings put in a good shift on his first start on the left, working the channels tirelessly and creating the first major chance which De Gea parried away. A decent performance.
Christian Benteke – 6 Isolated yet again as the sole man upfront. Despite this, Benteke scored a cracking goal late on although its happiness was short lived as Liverpool conceded their third shortly after.
Jordon Ibe 5 – Came on for Firmino in the second half and produced one great effort which was splendidly saved by De Gea. Ibe might be a better option if LFC are intent on playing a 4-2-3-1 /4-5-1
Divock Origi N/A
Alberto Moreno N/A