Player Ratings as Liverpool Advance to Knockout Stages in Style
Loris Karius – 6
Didn’t have all that much to do due to the brilliance of Liverpool’s front four. However, there was one shaky moment in the first-half for the German goalkeeper who rushed off his line to close down a promising Spartak attack – a rather reckless decision albeit one that resulted in a free-kick due to an offside call.
Alberto Moreno – 7
Wasn’t particularly troubled down the left-hand side by the Spartak attack as he continued to prove himself a far more composed, reliable figure for Jurgen Klopp. Sadly, the Spaniard had to be withdrawn from the action before half-time but the warm reaction from the Anfield faithful added further evidence of his rehabilitation.
Ragnar Klavan – 7
The Estonian showed some real competence on the ball for The Reds, zipping a lovely 60-yard ball over the Spartak defence to find Sadio Mane on the right-hand side. Composed in his defensive duties and made a timely interception to deny Ze Luis a run at goal.
Dejan Lovren – 7
Won the ball back well, on the whole, setting up a great chance for Mo Salah in the first-half. Diligent in his defensive duties – something that deserves credit given how much we slate him.
Joe Gomez – 7
Produced a really good challenge to deny Ze Luis an opportunity on goal, only for the Spartak player to be later adjudged offside. Gomez produced another solid display, showing far more experience than his youthful age would suggest.
Emre Can – 7
Picked up a frustrating yellow card in the first-half that will rule him out of the next game and was a little off the pace in the opening stages of the game. Can slowly worked his way into the contest, however, and helped ensure Liverpool maintained their momentum.
Gini Wijnaldum – 7
Wijnaldum’s contributions mainly came in a defensive aspect, intercepting the ball well to set Liverpool up on the attack again. Showed good muscle in the middle of the park to win his battles with his opposite numbers. Solid display all round.
Philippe Coutinho – 9
Delivered a performance of the highest class as the captain on the night, showing composure from the spot to put Liverpool on the front foot right from the off. The Brazilian was back on the scoresheet ten minutes later with Firmino teeing up his international teammate to slot the ball neatly past the goalkeeper. Led by example in midfield, showing intricacy in attack and diligence in defence. Sealed the hattrick in the second-half with the help of a deflection, but it was nothing more than Coutinho deserved.
Sadio Mane – 8
Delivered a barnstorming performance for The Reds, with his pace and trickery proving too much for the Spartak back four. Grabbed an assist for Firmino’s goal and scored a stunning goal of his own after the interval after a deep cross from James Milner in what was a pretty full-proof performance from the Senegalese international.
Mohamed Salah – 8
Had a great chance to put Liverpool 4-0 up in the first forty-five, blazing his shot high and wide of the bar. Salah’s movement is arguably his best asset and the Egyptian proved a real menace to the Spartak defence, interchanging well with Mane and Firmino.
Roberto Firmino – 8
Set the ball rolling for Liverpool with some brilliant movement in the build-up to the penalty shout. Firmino’s interchanging of positions with Salah gave Liverpool an extra edge going forward and the Brazilian was more than deserving of a goal that saw him equal his tally from the whole of last season.