Liverpool 2 Swansea 3: Player Ratings
An abject performance from Liverpool saw them lose at home for the first time in 25 games. The players should have a proper look at themselves on the back of this defeat.
This is how badly the Reds fared.
Simon Mignolet (5) – Mignolet had an enjoyable first-half as Swansea were content to sit back. The second-half was a different story as the Belgian had no answers to any of the three goals. Tough to rate a keeper when the opposition score off all of their shots on target.
Nathaniel Clyne (5) – Clyne enjoyed acres of space on the right-hand side as Swansea preferred to compact the space through the middle, thus it was frustrating that he was not found far more often in the first-half. His poor delivery in the second-half justified why it was right to not involve him in the attack in the first place. This criticism has been constantly levelled at Clyne and his performances in attack don’t seem to be dousing the flames anytime soon.
Dejan Lovren (3) – As abject a performance from a centre-back this season. A sequence on errors in such a tight game can often be decisive, and unfortunately was the case this time. His poor decision making led to the corner from which his second error led to the opening goal. His oscillating performances this season has been frustrating to say the least.
Ragnar Klavan (3) – When both of the centre-backs put in such a disappointing performance, its tough to fathom how Liverpool have survived so far in the title race. On another day, Klavan could have easily been sent off without an argument. He was constantly exposed for his lack of pace and was found wanting in the phases of play where Swansea scored, especially for their winner.
James Milner (5) – Provided width on the left-hand side and was often the outlet for deliveries inside the box. His excellent cross for Liverpool’s first goal was an exception, though, as his deliveries were poor more often than not. Ran his legs off like any other game.
Jordan Henderson (4.5) – A rare off-game for the skipper as his passing was not as precise as we have come to expect. Considering the fact that Henderson had so many touches of the ball as Swansea preferred to sit back, only magnified the problem. Made a couple of good switches of play when they were needed. However, he was by-passed in the midfield far more easily than Klopp would have liked.
Emre Can (4.5) – Another below-average performance from the young German international. His ball-carrying ability has been suspect, leading to loss of possession, and often seems to slow the tempo down. Will be interesting to see the midfield combination once Mane is back.
Giorginio Wijnaldum (6) – A decent game from the hard working Dutchman. Tried his hardest to stay involved and break down the opposition. His exquisite control and cross led to Firmino’s 2nd goal. Should be above Can in the pecking order once Mane returns.
Adam Lallana (6) – Had a better second-half than the first. Continues to run his legs off for the cause, but it’s quite clear that his productivity has dropped since his return to the front three in Mane’s absence.
Philippe Coutinho (6) – The creative anchor in the first-half as all the attacking moves seemed to go via Coutinho and Firmino. His passing did not create the desired outcomes for Liverpool though. Was withdrawn quite early in the second-half, which was not expected. Maybe he is not fully fit yet.
Roberto Firmino (8.5) – Far and away the best Liverpool player on the day. He created the best opportunities and was always available and occupying dangerous pockets of space. Couple of well taken goals, and his finish for the second should be a highlight on what was a sombre day for Liverpool fans. A welcome return to scoring for Bobby.
Daniel Sturridge (N/A) – Though he came on early in the second-half he could not get himself involved.
Divock Origi (N/A) – Same as Sturridge.
Joel Matip (N/A) – The new Caulker.