Player Ratings as the Reds ride into the Last Four of Champions League
ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ,
ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZZZZZZZ.
I was on press duty for another site I write for (sinning) so this gives me a chance to express some joy I had to hold back sitting around a bunch of journalists and City fans.
Not seen a replay of anything so if my Dejan Lovren praise is a bit ‘yer da’ and I’ve missed some blindingly obvious errors I apologise.
Onto the last four we go…
All hail King Trent!
Loris Karius (9): His 6/10 goalkeeping more than made up for by his 10/10 side. Never have you seen time-wasting done with such subtle sophistication. Bet he gets the whistles of the City fans as his new ringtone.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (9): Mad how when everyone’s head was falling off early on he was the only player to keep his. 19-years-Old! Get him on the plane Gareth.
Dejan Lovren (8): Worried (understandably) about him hugely coming into this tie and he’s stood up to the task fully. Can’t recall him losing an individual battle, nothing stupid on the ball, smart positioning not to let Jesus get a run on him. Well in.
Virgil van Dijk (7): Shook off the mistake for their first to produce a solid display. Would normally drop him a 6 for that but we’re through and he was probably fouled.
Andy Robertson (8): Nobody bothers attacking him now. He’s class. Not much going forward but when City field about 829 attackers that’s understandable.
Milner left to win something in Europe…
Gini Wijnaldum (7): We all hyped him up as the number 6 after his game against Everton and the first half an hour showed that Pep’s Royal Blues are different to Sam’s Gravy Soaked Toffees. Got better after initially being overwhelmed, improved on the ball and picked out a nice turn and pass to start the move for Salah’s goal.
James Milner (7): Can’t remember much, to be honest. A couple of good tackles I think. He’s alright really, isn’t he?
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (7): Thought he did well with his first touch (again) in terms of putting the ball in a position where his pace and power ensured he’d keep it. Should have scored, maybe? Looked a tight angle.
Mane <3 Ederson
Sadio Mane (8): Feel sorry for him getting shoved around by the girl with the dragon tattoo. Thought they’d made up in September? Wonderful not even coming close to a red card, thought he was going to score just before Salah did.
Mo Salah (8): Klopp said he switched his role after 30 minutes to get him more involved in the game and it really worked. Held the ball up well in the latter stages, put lads on their arses a few times. Composed finish for his THIRTY-NINTH goal of the season.
Roberto Firmino (8): Loves running, loves scoring, loves life. Another who did well not getting sent off. Gorgeous finish for the goal, did well to resist sending his shirt into the away end.