Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool Player Ratings

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Simon Mignolet – 7.5

 

The Belgium had a point to prove today, knowing that he was only starting the game due to the injury Loris Karius picked up in pre-season. He started off the game well with the penalty save to deny Theo Walcott, although he was beaten by him minutes later. Not much he could do with the second and third goals he conceded and had a decent game.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7

 

Some good attacking and defending moments from the England right-back, but could have showed some more composure during the game. The Englishman also got the assist for Coutinho’s second goal after a good run and cross to pick out the Brazilian.

Dejan Lovren – 6.5

 

Some careless passing from the Croatian at the start of the game showed his early season nerves. A needless yellow card was also picked up when he took out Alexis Sanchez. Also for Arsenal’s third goal he lost Callum Chambers far too easily from the set-piece which set up a nervy end to the game.

Ragnar Klavan – 8

 

The better of the two centre-backs and arguably the best defender on the day as he made his Premier League debut, at the age of 30. The Estonian made his presence felt and looked like the leader of the back four.

Alberto Moreno – 3

 

Huge concern was around when Liverpool failed to sign a left-back before the start of the season and now that concern has only increased and will continue to do so. A poor tackle saw him give away a penalty in the first-half and despite Mignolet saving it, the Spaniard was nowhere to be seen minutes later when Walcott slotted home for the first goal. It is clear that Moreno is not good enough to be Liverpool’s first choice left-back for the season.

Jordan Henderson – 6.5

 

After an injury his season last year, the Reds captain has a lot to prove this season and was under pressure from the very start. He played in a defensive role which is clearly not his preferred position but contributed well with some long range passes out to the wide men.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7

 

The £25 million man also made his Liverpool debut today and managed to bag an assist thanks to his cross which picked out Adam Lallana for the Reds second goal. Was known at Newcastle to go missing in away matches, but the Dutchman had a solid debut for the club.

Adam Lallana – 8

 

There were doubts whether Adam Lallana would be good enough to be a starting player for Liverpool this season but scored the goal that put the Reds in front, with a well taken finish. The Englishman was much to blame for the opening goal of the game, but redeemed himself throughout the game with some excellent linkup play.

Philippe Coutinho – 9

 

The magician returned with a bang. Scored the crucial equaliser on the stroke of half-time with an inch perfect free-kick finding the top left corner, leaving Cech with no chance of saving the shot. He also was involved in the build up of the second goal and managed to score his second and Liverpool’s third of the day.

Sadio Mane – 8.5

 

The marquee summer signing scored a brilliant solo goal to kick start his career at Liverpool. A magnificent run ended with the Senegalese striking the ball with his weaker foot into the top corner to give Liverpool the 4-1 lead. A very promising performance from the £30 million man.

Roberto Firmino – 7

 

Played well in the attacking role but didn’t get a goal. Like most of the team he looked better in the second half and more comfortable when Divock Origi came on. Gave his all right to the end.

Substitutes

Emre Can – 6

Was expected to start the game but had a slight injury which forced him to the bench. The German came on to solidify the midfield and also allowed Henderson to move up the pitch.

Divock Origi – 6

Gave the Reds the option to have a target man and allowing Firmino to drop slightly back.

Kevin Stewart – N/A

No time to make an impact on the game, but came on as a defensive midfielder to see out the game and ensure Liverpool took away three points on the opening weekend of the new season.

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