Liverpool 1-1 Burnley - Player Ratings as Reds are made to pay for profligacy
A combination of an inspired Nick Pope in the Burnley goal and some shoddy Liverpool finishing meant that the Reds’ perfect Anfield record for the Premier League season brought to a halt with a 1-1 draw against Sean Dyche’s side.
Andy Robertson gave the Reds the lead in the first half, but Jay Rodriguez equalised late in the second, as the Reds endured a frustrating afternoon.
Here’s how each player fared.
Alisson Becker – 6/10
Nothing he could’ve done for the Burnley goal, but was steady otherwise, especially from Burnley set-pieces. Especially when you consider he was getting manhandled at every set-piece, you cannot complain about his display.
Neco Williams – 6/10
After a troubled game at left-back in Brighton on Wednesday, Williams looked more at home in his customary right-back role, as he went up and down the flank with ease. Needed a little more composure in the final third though.
Joe Gomez – 5/10
Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra troubled him far too often, and he didn’t help himself with some silly errors. His first touch when receiving passes was particularly suspect on more than one occasion.
Virgil van Dijk – 7/10
As usual, he was flawless. Didn’t put a foot wrong against the route one Burnley football, and his passing was top class as well.
Andy Robertson – 8/10
His best performance in a while. Took his goal superbly, and was a constant threat bombing up the left flank.
Fabinho – 8/10
Broke up play really well in the middle, and his passing was great too. That clipped ball from the edge of the box must be trademarked soon – this was another beauty to get himself another assist.
Gini Wijnaldum – 3/10
Slowed play down in possession, didn’t really provide too much creativity, and his passing was all a bit too safe. Below average.
Curtis Jones – 6/10
Looked bright, both in possession and with his movement off the ball. Should’ve had at least one goal though, with the chances that he had.
Mohamed Salah – 6/10
Looked bright in and around the penalty area as usual, but his finishing was shocking. He was denied by Pope twice in the first half, as the Burnley ‘keeper made two stunning saves. But Salah’s two misses in the second half would be the subject of a detailed post-mortem if they happened in a game with a little more significance.
Roberto Firmino – 6/10
Cannot buy an Anfield goal in the league this season, can he? He was bright with his usual play in the space that he occupies in general, but he was visibly bereft of confidence with his shooting. Was unlucky to hit the post in the second half though.
Sadio Mane – 6/10
Like the other two musketeers, he looked bright enough, but there wasn’t enough cutting edge in the final third.
Naby Keita – 6/10
He looked bright again, with both his passing and movement.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6/10
Should’ve had another assist to his tally, with the injury-time cross for Salah, but the Egyptian uncharacteristically missed it.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A
Didn’t really get on the ball enough to influence the game in the little time he had on the pitch.