Liverpool delivered a professional display at St. Mary’s, winning 2-0 against Southampton.
Liverpool were comfortable throughout and probably should’ve won by more, all the while never getting in to top gear. Nevertheless, 3 points and a clean sheet moves the Reds into third, just 2 points off Manchester United.
Loris Karius – 7
Two good saves in the first half but never really troubled after that. However, still question marks when dealing with crosses; the punches seem to be erratic, combined with decision making on when to come. Saying that, a clean sheet away from home, is never to be sniffed at.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7
The learning curve continues for the young right back. Had some trouble with Dusan Tadic early on but never looked out of place, either. Can argue about positioning at times but that would be nit-picking.
Virgil Van Dijk – 8
Back to the player we thought we were signing. After a difficult last couple games, he was slick and always in control against albeit a feeble Southampton attack. Good in the air, calm with the ball at his feet and constantly bossing the defenders around him. His command of the box and back line is what this team needs, so it’s good to see after games like this.
Joel Matip – 6.5
Maybe it’s just me but I’m still unsure on the Cameroonian. He’s not as good in the air as he should be for someone that size, nor does he seem tough enough when pressured. My biggest gripe is how reserved he looks, just happy to go about his business in a quiet fashion, which I feel adds to the un-certainty throughout the back line. Give him the benefit of the doubt, on this one.
Andrew Robertson – 7
The young Scot is always eager to get up and down the wing and today was no different. Granted, he’s by no means the total package (yet) but there’s a lot to admire. Constantly giving options and happy to get stuck in. Left back position is all his.
Emre Can – 6.5
The midfield three were pretty average today and the stand-in skipper was no different. Made the challenges he needed to make, as well as the inevitable ‘lazy’ fouls he likes to make. Industrious and composed without ever going up a gear.
Gini Wijnaldum – 6
Anonymous for the most part. A strange player to me and this performance was no different. Hard to really say what he contributed and his search for his first away league goal continues; the two efforts he had weren’t close. When Lallana is fully fit and Henderson comes back in, Gini could be in trouble.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5.5
Gini could be in trouble but the Ox was probably the most disappointing today. Again, pretty much anonymous and was brought off on the hour mark for James Milner.
Sadio Mane – 7
People will say he’s not been the same player recently, which is fair enough if you compare to his brilliant season last year. But he was a good foil for the other two stalwarts (more on them in a minute). Always busy, coming inside for the ball and happy to take the man on. Also, got himself in a couple good positions around the goal. Not a great performance by his standards but definitely not a bad one, either.
Mohamed Salah – 9.5
Man of the Match from Sky Sports and it’s hard to argue with. The Egyptian magician got on the scoresheet once more, with his total in the league now at 22. He also set up Firmino in the early minutes with a simple yet effective early pass, across goal. Forever threatening.
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Roberto Firmino – 9
A brilliant performance, only just shadowed by Salah. Our favourite Brazilian opened the scoring with a good finish. He followed that up with a brilliant back-heel assist to Salah, who obviously put it in the back of the net. He’s a handful and his off the ball work is still seriously underrated by many. A constant thorn in the leagues defences.
James Milner – 6.5
Had half an hour to make a mark and didn’t do much wrong. Did his usual ‘Milner solidifying bit’ and that’s all you can ask.
Adam Lallana – 6
Had ten minutes to make an impact and nearly scored after Salah put him through, towards the end. He’s clearly not fully fit yet but still a big player for us.
Dejan Lovren – N/A
Came on in the 90th minute and touched the ball once, maybe twice, so forgive me not rating him, here.
Liverpool will now jet off to Portugal to face Porto in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League. It remains to be seen how many changes will be made but the team should be ready after a solid display. Up the Reds.