After the pain and agony of recent victories, where Liverpool had to wait for the goals, it was nice to have a night like that. This season has been a running demonstration of a Huddersfield squad just not good enough to cut it in the Premier League, and they were put to the sword at Anfield, as the Reds toyed with them for a 5-0 win.
They were off, up and running in 16 seconds, no less, when Naby Keita converted after winning the ball off a high press. Sadio Mane and Mo Salah alternated between themselves for the rest of the four goals, as the Reds breached the 90-point mark for the first time in their Premier League history.
Here’s how each player fared.
Alisson Becker – 7/10
Well, he had one save to make. He made it. He had a couple of crosses to catch. He caught them. Clean sheet number 20 of a stellar first Premier League season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10
Defensively, he continued being a little bit suspect, as Grant ran past him a few times. But that sublime delivery he has on his right foot will always ensure he’s a threat. Ended the game with only one assist – a lovely chip forward for Salah to chip the ‘keeper – but might have had a couple more on another night.
Dejan Lovren – 6/10
Barely anything to do. Could’ve been the unlucky man to have broken Liverpool’s clean sheet when his attempted clearance ricocheted off Mounie, only for Grant to be unable to reach the ball.
Virgil van Dijk – 8/10
Colossal. Glided across the Anfield turf. Ran forward a few times to supplement the attack, set off the play that saw Mane score his first. Might have scored off a corner early in the game.
Andrew Robertson – 10/10
Just pretty perfect. Huddersfield gave him little to do defensively. So, he got on his bike and went forward everytime he possibly could. Two perfect assists, and nice symmetry, too, with one each for Salah and Mane.
Gini Wijnaldum – 7/10
Kept the ball moving in midfield, made some nice tackles, but in truth, was barely tested.
Jordan Henderson – 8/10
Another lovely assist for the skipper, as he floated in a superb back-post cross for Mane to head home. He was a bundle of energy on the right flank all night.
Naby Keita – 8/10
With more confidence, he keeps getting better and better in a red shirt. He was superb again in midfield, with both his technical ability and his industry. Had a goal to show for his efforts too.
Mohamed Salah – 10/10
Could’ve passed when he should’ve, on a few occasions. But who cares, when he can play like that in the final third? Two lethal finishes, first to 20 goals this Premier League season, and sole ownership of the driver’s seat in the Golden Boot race.
Sadio Mane – 10/10
Second to 20 goals this Premier League season. Could have had a hat-trick of headers, if not for a coat of paint denying him, after he powerfully headed Shaqiri’s cross onto the post.
Daniel Sturridge – 7/10
He showed some lovely footwork in tight areas, but his decision-making was sometimes a little off. Had the opportunity to play Mane or Salah through on goal plenty of times, but chose to take extra touches of the ball.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 10/10
Well, that number is just for the sentiment. Welcome back, Chambo! What a sweet icing on the cake it would’ve been, if he’d scored off that chance.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10
Bright cameo. In his first real stint on the pitch in a while, he looked sharp. Should’ve had an assist when his inch-perfect cross was headed onto the post by Mane. Played a part, though, as a superb through-ball to Robertson set up Salah’s second.
Joe Gomez – N/A
Another one who came on, and received a lovely Anfield ovation.