Liverpool 2 Everton 0: Player Ratings as the Reds return to winning ways

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Matchday nine began for the Reds, with the season’s first Merseyside derby of the year. Everton travelled the short distance to Anfield, where the team below awaited the fiery blues.

Alisson Becker – 7.0

An early-headed chance from Calvert-Lewin required reliable handling, as Everton showed a desire to take the game to their neighbourhood rivals from the start. Was a relative spectator for much of the second half, as his side dominated the ten-man toffees. Did his work well.

Trent Alexander Arnold – 7.0

Started the game with vigour and a desire to get on the ball. Was smart with the ball through a cagey first half and shot just over the bar (moments after the red card), with a venomous half-volley from a distance. The second period was about patience and finding the correct delivery.

Kostas Tsimikas – 6.0

The energetic Greek tore up and down the line as a good outlet and reliable defensive piece in a lively first half. Was a constant threat from set plays and whenever the opportunity to deliver presented itself. Continued to offer good width in the second period as space was dominated. A poor second-half delivery was his last contribution.

Subbed – 61 mins

Ibrahima Konaté – 6.0

Resumed his starting role as expected and enjoyed the physical moments to show his prowess in a bustling first half. Was lucky not to receive a second yellow card, before his manager took away the risk by removing the giant Frenchman from play.

Subbed – 65 mins

Virgil van Dijk – 7.0

Was caught a little flat footed in the opening minutes, as Calvert-Lewin rose above the Liverpool skipper to plant a close-range header into the arms of the red’s keeper. Was tasked with running a two-man back line in the second half, once the first substitutes were introduced.

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Dominik Szoboszlai – 7.0

The Hungarian skipper seemed to be playing within himself slightly, as the tentative start by the home side soon ramped up with the visitors dropping to ten men. A couple of sighters threatened to put his side ahead in the first half, as he increased his potency late in the half. Was a constant mover of the ball that proved and gave final third support throughout.

Alexis Mac Allister – 7.0

Enjoyed a less dramatic start to this game, until the 34th minute when he unleashed a stinging shot from distance. He was very diligent in his second-half responsibilities as his recycling role was much needed in a possession-heavy period of play.

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Ryan Gravenberch – 5.0

The young Dutchman was the starting choice as Curtis Jones undertook game two of this ongoing three match suspension. Was in and out of the game as he enjoyed a simple and efficient first half. Was withdrawn after having a good shot blocked in a steady performance.

Subbed – 61 mins

Luis Díaz – 6.0

The Colombian flyer terrorised Ashley Young into an early bath, as his constant threat brought about an early dismissal (two yellow cards) in the 36th minute. Was surrounded through a congested second period as space was very limited.

Subbed – 80 mins

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Diogo Jota – 6.0

The Portuguese striker started ahead of Darwin, given the Uruguay forward’s international escapades this past week. Was a constant threat in the first half, especially when running at the central defensive pair.

Mohamed Salah – 7.0

The Egyptian King was unlucky not to connect with a difficult chance early on and was then surrounded for most of the two-man first half. Could not make anything work in a frustrating game, until the 74th minute, when he dispatched brilliantly from the penalty spot. The breakaway goal was tremendous.

Man of the match (due to the goals)

Subs:

Harvey Elliott – 7.0 (on 61)

A steady intensity in a tense moment. Good moving of the ball and always an option. A late chance to score a brilliant goal was marginally tipped over.

Darwin Núñez – 7.0 (on 65)

The impact player that brought something different against a deep block. Very direct late on and caused issues in full flight. Superb assist.

Joel Matip – 6.0 (on 65)

Keen and committed.

Joe Gomez – 5.0 (on 80)

Much needed after the gamble proved right.

The Manager:

Jürgen Klopp – 8.0

To the managed credit, he started with an attacking lineup which was able to prod and expose the away teams’ weaknesses. With Ashley Young a target from the opening bell, it left the home side to bide their time and ramp up the pressure against their weakened opponents.

His second-half substitutes were ultra-offensive and clearly designed to get that all-important first goal. The gamble laid off as the constant overload brought a penalty, which was ferociously dispatched by Mohamed Salah. On either side of the goal, he was altered to replace a caution risk Ibou, before later bringing in Joe Gomez to add additional defensive support.

Pre-match Prediction;

Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton

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