Key Talking Points

Toothless Reds Miss Key Chances

This one seems familiar. Daniel Sturridge was set away by Clark’s miscue but only found Elliot, with Salah firing the rebound over.

That was the best chance of the match but the Reds had others, with Solanke and Ox heading over, Lovren’s shot from six yards blocked after Wijnaldum hit the post, and Salah overcooked his touch when potentially in on goal.

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND – Sunday, October 1, 2017: Liverpool’s Manager Jürgen Klopp speaks with fourth official Bobby Madley during the FA Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James’ Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Frustrating but what was more frustrating was the lack of creativity on show from anyone not called Phillipe Coutinho.

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Defensive Carnage Costs Reds

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

A long, straight ball down the centre of the defence found Joselu, who was possibly offside, neither centre-back picked him up, Matip got back but in the process deflected the ball off Joselu past Mignolet.

The perfect cocktail of shambolic defending, dodgy officiating and wretched luck. A common feature of Liverpool’s season.

Coutinho a Class Above

Once again it was clear that Phillipe Coutinho is quite comfortably Liverpool’s best player, as he rose above a totally ineffectual display by his teammates.

Scoring a trademark Coutinho screamer, creating four chances, passing well and just generally looking a class above, Coutinho once again was Liverpool’s best player with his third goal in three games a typically brilliant one.

Player Ratings

Simon Mignolet – 6/10: Had absolutely nothing to do for ninety minutes. Plenty of shots right at him, but not much else. Nothing he could do about the goal as Matip tackled the ball off Joselu past him.

Joe Gomez – 5/10: Booked for a high tackle, should have been booked for dragging down Atsu after letting him break in behind. Crossing woeful, offered little on the ball.

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Joël Matip – 5/10: Matip was largely good today and certainly unlucky with the goal but that error for the goal is simply not acceptable. Joselu ran right through him and Lovren. Shambles.

Dejan Lovren – 5/10: See Matip. Played largely well, defended largely well, made a brilliant last ditch block at the death, but that defensive error for the goal is just something else.

Alberto Moreno – 7/10: One stupid hack, but otherwise solid defensively. Once again though, he looked good going forwards and created three chances. Could have created more but miles above the rest of the attack.

Jordan Henderson – 7/10: Nothing wrong from Hendo today. Off the ball he was excellent, on the ball he moved it well. Passing wasn’t quite as good as it’s been in recent weeks but overall solid.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5/10: Once again a nothing performance from Gini. Zero creativity, zero defensive contribution, half as many passes or touches as Henderson. Contributing absolutely nil. Unlucky that he hit the post but that was it.

Phil Coutinho – 8/10: Liverpool’s best player again. Scored a stunning goal, created the most chances, passed the ball well, won a couple of free-kicks, largely impressive. Can’t do everything himself.

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Mohamed Salah – 5/10: Frustrating. Looked better when he dropped deep to influence play but took a heavy touch when he could have been in, missed a glorious opening and had a couple of other wasteful moments. One stunning pass but that led to nothing.

Daniel Sturridge – 5/10: Held the ball up pretty well and made some decent passes but overall a lack of incision and missed Liverpool’s best chance to win the game. Sloppy for a couple of offsides late on.

Sadio Mané – 5/10: Missed a couple of decent opportunities early on but truthfully he was largely anonymous. Fouled a lot, as per usual but nothing in the final third to shout about. Really frustrating.

Substitutes

Roberto Firmino – 6/10: Didn’t make any impact when he came on but harsh to blame him for that. Couple of nice touches, but nothing to shout about.

Dominic Solanke – 6/10: Looked sharp when he came on but didn’t create much, one decent headed chance wide but that was about it.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A: Headed a great chance over. That was it.

About The Author

Match Reporter for Anfield HQ. Huge Liverpool fan for over ten years who’s looking to springboard his love of all things football and sport into a sports journalism career. Have an M.A in Philosophy from Warwick University.

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