Liverpool picked up another three points on Saturday afternoon, showing off their flair on the counter-attack to ease past Brighton & Hove Albion with a 5-1 victory.
Here are the player ratings from the match.
Simon Mignolet – 7
Made a crucial point-blank save in the second-half to deny Brighton – an intervention that enabled Liverpool to hit the hosts on the counter-attack for Roberto Firmino’s second of the game. It could’ve been a different game had Mignolet not made the save.
Emre Can – 7
Produced a terrific header to get the ball rolling for Klopp’s team, thumping the ball into the back of the net to ensure Liverpool maintained their newfound ability to score from corner kicks. Did well as a make-shift centre-back alongside Lovren, reading the game well to make a number of timely interceptions.
Dejan Lovren – 7
As the only natural centre-back in the side, Lovren did what was asked of him well, producing a solid performance.
Gini Wijnaldum – 7
Klopp was clearly feeling daring when he woke up this morning, opting to start Wijnaldum on the left-hand side of a back three. The Dutchman handled himself pretty well in an unfamiliar role, albeit making a slack pass to gift Brighton a chance on the attack. Snuffed out the danger well on the whole, however.
Alexander Arnold – 7
Good to see the youngster back on the teamsheet for Liverpool. Trent showed his usual energy to burst forward in support of the attack down the right-hand side while ensuring he carried out his defensive duties well. Solid display.
Andy Robertson – 7
It was good to see Robertson get the nod to make a rare appearance for The Reds at left wing-back. Showed his attacking nous with some threatening balls into the area. Certainly a player I’d expect to see more of over the next few weeks as Liverpool embark on a pretty rigorous fixture schedule.
James Milner – 7
Showed good energy in the middle of the park in a double pivot with Jordan Henderson, making some good runs beyond midfield. Chipped in with some good tackles to sniff out the danger, too.
Jordan Henderson – 7
Showed good composure in possession, albeit not under much pressure from the home side. Can’t attach any blame to the skipper for Brighton’s penalty in what was an awful decision by the referee. Freed himself up in the later stages of the game with some attacking runs. Solid display.
Philippe Coutinho – 9
Took a little bit of time to grow into the game but when he did he really turned the screw, oozing class in possession. Produced a lovely first-time ball across the box to set up Firmino’s first goal and had a hand in his second, combining well with Mohamed Salah in the build up.
The style was really turned on in the last quarter of the game when Coutinho got himself on the score-sheet from a beautifully worked free-kick. Anticipating the wall would jump, he carefully slid the ball under the wall and past the goalkeeper to make it 4-1. Created the fifth and final goal of the game too, with his side-footed effort deflecting in.
No wonder Liverpool made such a fuss about keeping him in the summer.
Mohamed Salah – 8
Really should’ve got himself on the score-sheet for Liverpool’s 4th goal of the game to add to his already impressive tally, but was at the heart of the penetrating counter-attacking moves alongside Coutinho and Firmino. His run alone took 4 defenders out of the game in the build-up to Firmino’s first of the match, proving himself to be a real nuisance to the opposition once again.
Roberto Firmino – 8
The Brazilian is now on 11 goals and 5 assists for the season having shown good composure in front of goal to capitalise on two counter-attacking moves. Continues to enjoy a very good season under the radar.