Liverpool Player Ratings From Hawthorns Holiday
Liverpool refused to get out of second gear as they shared the points with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
With AS Roma and the Champions League firmly on their minds, the Reds threw away a two-goal lead to the pretty much-relegated side, but when there’s little to play for and the referee is giving free-kicks against you when your player is punched, who’s fussed?
Hereeeeeee’s your ratings.
Nice to see you, Albie
Loris Karius (6): Was quite meh on the goalkeeping front (should do better positionally with their equaliser) but the absolute audacity to simply chest down Nyom’s ridiculous 70-yard effort would get him a statue if I had such power.
Joe Gomez (6): Given he’s been out for a few weeks I thought he came back quite well for the most part, used the ball wisely and gave little up at the back. Poor towards the end, mind. It’s a testament to the form of Trent Arnold that Liverpool haven’t been trying to rush Gomez back for Roma.
Virgil Van Dijk (7): Looked better than everyone around him, as per.
Ragnar Klavan (5): Took him less than two minutes to bust out one of his little turns that will be doing the rounds on Twitter by the time you read this. Might help people forget a poor defensive display.
Alberto Moreno (6): Nice to see him. Got to feel for Albie. Starts the season really well against all the odds, nails down his spot, only to get injured and see his replacement kick the left-back position up a notch all whilst his best mate is sold. Regarding today, he wasn’t great but didn’t do anything terrible. Silly booking.
Jordan Henderson (5): One really nice pass to Milner early on but failed to get any sort of control on the game for the most part as Liverpool lost the midfield battle.
Georginio Wijnaldum (5): One of those away days from him today. Kept the ball nicely when he had it but the game seemed to pass him by when he didn’t.
James Milner (6): Actually thought he looked a little rusty after sitting out last week’s game but was still Liverpool’s best midfielder (until Oxlade-Chamberlain was subbed on).
Salah scores again but it’s Ings’ we’ll remember
Mo Salah (6): Seems to have these games sometimes, rarely I admit, where he doesn’t do much but then plucks out a lovely finish and you assume he’s been playing the same way all afternoon. Closer to the record.
Sadio Mané (7): Back to his free-flowing best, unfortunately just as the season’s coming to a close. Great passing, dribbling and skills. That little flick for the opener, suave as you like.
Danny Ings (6): Lovely finish for his goal but he’ll be kicking himself that he didn’t get two. Punched by Hegazi which naturally led to a free-kick going West Brom’s way.