Liverpool dispatched of Leicester in a 2-1 win which meant that their run of maximum points continued. It was a cagey affair, in which Alisson’s mistake will be the memorable moments as the Reds’ looked blunt in attack – either way, they will be happy to come away with three points from such a tricky fixture. Here are your player ratings:
Alisson – 3
The Brazilian keeper didn’t have much to do to extend his perfect record in between the sticks for Liverpool but an unnecessary error lead to Leicester’s consolation goal. An attempted Cryuff turn backfired as Alisson was dispossessed before Rachid Ghezzal tucked the ball home. A disappointing performance.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5
Largely ineffective when going forward which is surprising given the start of the season that the youngster has had. Pushed back by the attacking threat of Marc Albrighton and Ben Chillwell, who were Leicester’s most creative players on the day, it’s no wonder that Trent was quiet.
Virgil Van Dijk – 6
Commanding as ever, Van Dijk was his usual towering self – winning almost every aerial duel which isn’t surprising given that Gray was deployed as a forward. If Jamie Vardy was available for this match, it would have been a much tougher test for the Dutchman but he dealt with everything that was thrown at him.
Joe Gomez – 8 (MOTM)
This performance was an excellent example of progressive defensive play, Gomez constantly played on the front-foot, sniffing out danger at it’s earliest emergence. Thoroughly impressive throughout, dealing with the pace of Gray and stunting the creativity of James Maddison – it was a mature performance that continues to make a statement that Gomez is ready to make that first-team spot his own.
Andy Robertson – 7
The Scottish full-back was crucial in Liverpool opening the scoring, charging down the left-wing, bulldozering past Ricardo and setting up Mane in the box. Additionally, he was defensively resolute as always and provided plenty of attacking threat – consistent as ever.
Jordan Henderson – 6
Henderson’s range of passing and defensive guile showed, he marshalled the midfield and was efficient in his role. I believe it was a good change by Klopp to bring him in, as it allowed Liverpool to control the game – at least in the first half. His performance dwindled as the game went on, as he continued to get overrun by a more dynamic Leicester midfield; an average performance.
James Milner – 7.5
A pressing masterclass, Klopp has deployed Milner as a shuttling midfielder for some time now but the start he has made to this season has been something else. Winning plenty of tackles high up the pitch and rarely being wasteful in possession, it was a typical Milner performance.
Gini Wijnaldum – 6.5
Away from home the midfielder has been known to disappear but it was a solid appearance from Wijnaldum. Getting the ball forward and carrying it in the absence of Naby Keita, he did what he was meant to but probably not to the same standard of the aforementioned.
Sadio Mane – 7
The Senegalese winger bagged his fourth goal of the season with a simple toed finish from short-range to ensure another good showing. Other than the goal, Mane struggled to have a large impact on the game – however this criticism can be aimed at all of the front three as they struggled to be as cohesive as usual.
Roberto Firmino – 6.5
There were flashes of brilliance from Firmino, however there were many occasions where he took one too many touches and was slow to release the ball. This resulted in stagnant build-up play and was the main reason the Reds struggled to impose themselves on the game. A goal on the stroke of half-time meant that he was able to leave his mark on the game, but he was more the beneficiary of poor Leicester marking than his own play.
Mo Salah – 5
Anonymous. Well, that’s slightly harsh as he seemed up for it the first 10 minutes, in which he had a golden opportunity to open the scoring but missed from point blank. It was nothing like a Salah performance, he rarely demanded the ball and frequently made the wrong decisions. However, it’s excusable given that attacking wise Liverpool struggled and how many good performances we’ve seen from him, you’re bound to have a shitter sooner or later and it ultimately had no bearing on the result.