Burnley 2 Liverpool 0: Player Ratings
Liverpool delivered yet another Jekyll and Hyde performance at the Turf Moor, as they ended on the wrong side of the scoreline in spite of having the ball pretty much the whole game. Liverpool struggled to break down a very resolute Burnley defence and need to go back to the drawing board.
Let’s see how the Reds fared.
Simon Mignolet (6) – The Liverpool keeper was not to be blamed for any of the goals conceded, and was swift off the line on more than one occasion to save the team from further blushes.
Nathaniel Clyne (5) – A pretty awful pass straight to the Burnley player eventually led to the first goal. It was an inexplicable error from the normally reliable Clyne. He was pretty ineffective on the attack too as Burnley preferred to sit deep and defend their box.
Dejan Lovren (5.5) – Was caught out of position for the first goal as Clyne unexpectedly turned the ball over resulting in Vokes slotting the ball in. He made a couple of excellent tackles and was pretty untroubled the rest of the game.
Ragnar Klavan (4) – Torrid game for the Estonian as Andre Gray repeatedly targeted his lack of pace. Klavan repeatedly stepped up to close the attacker down and was beaten repeatedly thus leaving a gaping hole behind him. Being beaten twice for the same goal is not something that Klavan will want to remember.
James Milner (5.5) – Milner replaced the much-criticised Moreno at left-back. It was the same old story from Milner; lots of toil but no end product. It was quite clear he struggled to create any impact from a very unfamiliar position. Was substituted for Moreno late on.
Jordan Henderson (5) – A really poor performance from the captain who needed to do better to maintain a high tempo in the game. His passing lacked any zip and often did not reach his man. He was cautioned for a poor tackle. A backward step from last week.
Georginio Wijnaldum (5) – With Burnley preferring to sit deep and defend, Wijnaldum struggled to create an impact with his off-the-ball movement and thus drifted out of the game more than he would have liked. He made a couple of threatening runs into the box but his team mates did not identify these and thus nothing came of them.
Adam Lallana (6) – The best performer on the day, he shined in his new position from the center of the midfield. Was sharp on the ball and his two-footed ability allowed him to manoeuvre out of tight spots more than once. Worked very hard off the ball to close down the Burnley players on the rare occasions that Burnley were in possession.
Philippe Coutinho (5.5) – A game with the wrong boots for the Brazilian as his shooting was off the mark today. That did not stop him from continuously attempting to try to score from long range. Otherwise was pretty ineffectual through the game.
Roberto Firmino (4.5) – Poor game from Bobby as his passing was very awry and struggled to cause any attacking threat to Burnley. The second half was pretty much the same. A game to forget.
Daniel Sturridge (5) – Sturridge started in an unfamiliar position on the right side of the front 3 as Firmino started down the middle. Sturridge struggled to get involved in the game, and often dropped deeper or moved infield to get involved. Had a couple of shots which were off target. Was substituted for Origi in the second half.
Origi (5) – Burnley dropped deeper once Origi came on, presumably to counter the initial acceleration of the Belgian. This meant that Origi was also pretty ineffectual like the other Liverpool players
Marko Grujic & Alberto Moreno (N/A) – Grujic had a good attempt on goal immediately after coming on, but nothing much else to write about.