Liverpool 1 – 1 Aston Villa – PL Player Ratings
Alisson Becker – 7.0
Had a very good first half that allowed the reds some chance of a positive result, again. Was blameless for the Ramsey goal & competent for the remainder of the match. The reds player of the season.
Trent Alexander Arnold – 4.0
Was limited in his output from the first whistle, as Villa looked to compound his on ball efficiency. Should have done better for the goal and perhaps the expectation and system needs revolve a little less on his level of play.
Andy Robertson – 4.0
A poor game from the Scot, where he didn’t know where to be at times & looked ineffective in most stages. Seems unsure of when and how to deliver crosses, with so much change in his and the surrounding structure. Should become a backup to a true LCB next year.
Subbed – 72 mins
Ibrahima Konaté – 6.0
A step down from his previous imperialism. Struggled at times with the movement and direct nature of Aston Villa, yet was better than just about every other red. No issue here.
Virgil van Djik – 8.0
Along with Ali, the giant Dutchman was probably Liverpool’s best performer. Looked commanding and alert throughout, as everything ahead of him struggled to do anything. Is proving that he can get back to his best with a strong performance.
Curtis Jones – 4.0
A very quiet game after such an impactful outing last week. Couldn’t get into any sort of rhythm as the minutes simply passed by. The difference in opposition seems to be causing his performances to become sporadic, essentially with tempo alterations.
Subbed – 63 mins
Fabinho – 5.0
Too many fouls in the first half, as he tried to force himself onto the opposition midfield. Looked slow and outpaced too often and is struggling to show good form against well drilled sides.
Subbed – 81 mins
Jordan Henderson – 3.0
A very poor display that showed so many limitations in his weakened skill set. Was weak and lacking on the ball, made aimless runs that restricted other’s input, and ignored his defensive work. Has to be replaced pushed down the pecking order.
Subbed – 72 mins
Cody Gakpo – 4.0
He is looking like a fair weather footballer right now, one who probably lacks the aggression and intensity that is needed. We need to build both him and Darwin into what we require, as these players most certainly need direction before next season.
Luis Díaz – 4.0
It’s hard not to expect so much, especially after such a lengthy period on the sidelines. Very little paid off for the Colombian flyer, as he ran aimlessly into poor areas. Needs a full pre season rather than being thrown into continual high pressure games.
Subbed – 72 mins
Mohamed Salah – 5.0
It’s a four out of ten, if not for the assist. Was aimless and off colour for almost the entirety of the game. Couldn’t make anything work against a well oiled defensive group, before delivering one good ball to Bobby for the equalizer.
Diogo Jota – 4.0 (on 63)
Could do very little.
James Milner – 4.0 (on 72)
Didn’t add anything in terms of offensive play.
Roberto Firmino – 7.0 (on 84)
Si Señor & thank you for everything.
Kostas Tsimikas – 4.0 (on 72)
Came on, improved nothing.
Harvey Elliott – 5.0 (on 81)
Tried his best in a short and frenetic period.
Jürgen Klopp – 6.0
He would have loved to have been pitch-side for this game, as his players labored throughout a genuinely horrible first half.
Eventually teams were going to find a way to nullify our patterns of play, or our starting group would have poor performances. Either way, it has at least showed that we have a major summer ahead of us, that needs big players through the door.
The captain was dreadful (once again), therefore we must ensure he is nothing more than a back up piece before next season.
𝗢𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗮𝗱𝗼, Bobby pic.twitter.com/bcwSKxCqSb
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) May 20, 2023
Liverpool 2 – 0 Aston Villa