After such a terrible performance I’m not so sure any ratings would suffice however the show must go on as must this article! It would not be a travesty if this article was filled with the word “horrible” for the majority of those playing for Liverpool FC today. So with that said let’s get to the match ratings of Liverpool’s game at Vicarage Road where Watford humbled the mighty Reds by 3 goals to nil.
Adam Bogdan (3) – It has been quite a while since we have seen such a shambolic a debut as this. The first half was so wretched that the keeper catching the ball was considered a bonus. Bogdan could consider himself unlucky for the first goal as Ake kicked the ball from his hands, but he had no business dropping the ball. His positioning was all wrong for the second goal and it was quite sure he was panicking when he punched the ball straight back to their player on an occasion. Bogdan made a big save off Igalho in the second half, but his distribution through out the game meant that Liverpool could not retain possession.
Nathaniel Clyne (4) – A torrid game for the fullback where he was beaten consistently on the inner and outer side of his fullback position. He had a limited impact on the offensive side of the game.
Skrtel (4) – A short game for the Slovakian, a performance blighted by two injuries, the second of which was serious enough to end his contribution for the night. Skrtel easily beaten by Igalho for the 2nd goal, and this is not the first time it has happened with Skrtel (Remember Oldham?).
Sakho (3) – Sakho made more mistakes tonight than all the cumulative mistakes in the whole of his Liverpool career. Atleast that is how it felt. Positional errors, passing errors, lack of concentration, fouls; every type of error was there in this performance. He would want to forget this game in a hurry. But the warrior he is, one can expect a swift improvement.
Alberto Moreno (4.5) – Was a constant presence on the offensive front but was caught out defensively a few times, and was partly responsible for the 3rd goal.
Lucas (3.5) – Naming Lucas in this article is the only definite confirmation that he was on the pitch. Invisible and was easily bypassed in the midfield. Deputed in the Centre-back role post Skrtel’s injury, but had a poor game overall.
Emre Can (4.5) – A frustrating performance from Can, as his tendency to keep his head down and run into blind alleys often meant Liverpool turned the ball over. The midfield was an absolute non-entity tonight and Emre Can did not show himself in a good light.
Jordan Henderson (5) – The captain was the best performer on an abject night. The captain tried his best with his cross field diagonal passes and very often made the ‘third man run’ which was overlooked by his fellow team mates.
Adam Lallana (4.5) – Not the right day to try out his whole repetoire of flicks and turns as the Watford players closed him down at every opportunity to win the ball back. Was invisible for most parts of the game till he was substituted.
Philippe Coutinho (4.5) – It was not the best of nights for the magician, as nothing he tried seemed to come off. Made a delightful chip to Firminho which was wrongly pulled back for offside.
Roberto Firmino (4) – When the teams were announced, one hoped for a repeat of a City-like performance. Sadly this was at the other extreme of the performance scale. Nothing went right for Firmino up front and it was a day to forget.
Divock Origi (5) – Was substituted in for Martin Skrtel and immediately made a difference as Liverpool looked to use his pace and started to play balls over the top of the Watford defenders. Was a constant presence in the second half as the team’s performance improved overall.
Jordon Ibe, Christian Benteke (N/A) – Though both played 20 odd minutes, there was nothing noteworthy to report.
PS: A huge shout out to the Man of the Match – The Travelling Kop.