Liverpool 1 Wolves 2: Player Ratings
Out of the title race in January.
Out of EFL Cup in January
Out of FA Cup in January.
This month needs to get binned.
This is how the Reds fared
Loris Karius (5) – Poor on the first goal. Needed to be more commanding and gather the ball when it was floated into the six-yard box. Made an excellent save late up when even the officials went to sleep. Caught in no man’s land as Lucas saved his blushes.
Connor Randall (4) – Struggled to be involved in the game. Could have supported Woodburn far better. His future is definitely not at Anfield. Taken off at half-time.
Joe Gomez (5) – Struggled against outright pace from Wolves on the counter-attack. Wolves walked through the defence to score their second goal. Stepped up into the attacking half to help out against the deep defensive block from Wolves.
Ragnar Klavan (4) – Really poor defensively. Could not cope against the attacking movement from Wolves. He struggled to cope with Weimann during the second goal. Not sure if he is first-team material with such below average performances
Alberto Moreno (4) – Moreno got a long-awaited start in the first-team. He would have liked to be more involved but the team reverted to playing through the middle. He was caught out of position repeatedly as Wolves exposed the space behind the full-back repeatedly. Had a tough battle defending against the pace and trickery of Costa. His set piece delivery was not great either.
Lucas Leiva (3) – Struggled in midfield with his passing with more than one misplaced pass. He was absent as Wolves walked through the midfield to score their goals. Reverted to the centre of defence in the second half as Liverpool switched to a back three. Made a last ditch interception very late in the second-half to prevent Liverpool from conceding a third goal. Overall performance was well below par.
Ovie Ejaria (5.5) – Ejaria put in a good shift in the midfield as he tried to play through the pressure put on by the Wolves midfield. A couple of times he was caught on the ball with nowhere to go. He was fouled quite a few times too.
Giorginio Wijnaldum (4.5) – Poorest performance from the Dutchman in a while. He was invisible in the early part of the game. He wasn’t involved in the attack and struggled to control the counter-attacks.
Ben Woodburn (6) – One of the few credible performances on the night. He created a couple of decent chances in an abject first half. Adapted really well to the wing back position in the second half. He never shied away from possession. Deserves more chances based on this performance.
Roberto Firmino (5) – Nowhere to be seen in the first half as Liverpool created no decent opportunity. Seemed to come to life once Philippe Coutinho came on in the second half.
Divock Origi (5.5) – Scored a late goal, which eventually turned out to be a consolation. Could have scored a second goal but was denied by the keeper. He was invisible otherwise.
Coutinho (5.5) – Came on in the second half and was immediately the go-to player for his teammates. Kept dropping deeper to unlock the opposition defence but with no luck. Liverpool scored off the corner taken by Coutinho.
Daniel Sturridge (5.5) – Had a shot on goal and created the goal with a headed assist.