How Liverpool's players rated in a magnificent win over Watford
Had it not been for a sloppy goal conceded as Liverpool took their foot off the gas in the last quarter of the game or so, this may have gone down as one of Liverpool’s greatest displays of the Premier League era. Freeflowing attacking football was on display at Anfield on Sunday as Sadio Mane scored twice, with Phillipe Coutinho, Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Georgino Wijnaldum also on the scoresheet.
Loris Karius – 7
Continued to look nervous and unconvincing, particularly when coming out to collect the ball, but also carried on his fine form when it comes to shotstopping. In truth, he had little to do, but produced some fine stops late in the second half.
Nathaniel Clyne – 7
A quiet afternoon defensively for the England international and he supported the attack well when he could. Looked comfortable throughout.
Lucas Leiva – 7
Lucas had two opportunities to score in the first 20 minutes, occasional slips in concentration later on were the only negatives on his display in an unnatural position for the Brazilian.
Joel Matip – 7
Previously criticised for not being able to handle stronger forwards, he had no problem in handling Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, remaining solid throughout and martialing Lucas Leiva alongside him.
James Milner – 7
Supported Phillipe Coutinho well and also defended well, though he perhaps could have done better when beaten by Norin Amrabat in the build up to Watford’s goal.
Jordan Henderson – 7
Sitting in a deeper role, his magnificent pass set up Roberto Firmino to assist Sadio Mane to a fifth goal on what was a fairly quiet, though efficient, afternoon for the captain.
Emre Can – 8
After a slow start, the German showed just how far he has come in adapting to his new, more forward thinking role, with his superb run finished off with a header finding the back of the net to make it 3-0 before his cutback almost made it four on the stroke of half time.
Adam Lallana – 9
Showed just how good his deliveries and passing can be with his assist for Emre Can’s goal, and his cut back to Roberto Firmino for the fourth goal was just as high quality. All his display was lacking was a goal.
Sadio Mane – 8
Not known for scoring with headers from corners, he added a trademark finish for his second goal with a composed poacher’s finish. Two goals without being at his skillful best, Mane showed what an asset he can be to this Liverpool attack.
Roberto Firmino – 8
Having missed a hatful of chances in the opening half hour, there was no chance he was going to miss from yards out to add a fourth goal in the second half. Setting up Sadio Mane when he could have shot himself,
Phillipe Coutinho – 10
Creator in chief for the Reds, assisting Sadio Mane, his finish from outside the box was quality to make it 2-0. He created four chances in total and was a constant thorn in the side for the Watford backline, who just couldn’t handle his magical skills and display.
Georgino Wijnaldum (for Mane, 63) – 7
Defended well when needed and was key in transitioning from defence to attack in the counter attacking style that Jurgen Klopp loves, with his range of passing on display. Pounced on a rebound to add a sixth for his first Liverpool goal. Needlessly booked.
Daniel Sturridge (for Lallana, 71) – 6
Hit the crossbar twice as he remained without a Premier League goal this season. Appeared to duck out of one header when he could have scored and hit another effort straight at Costel Pantilimon. Even if chances were fewer as Liverpool eased off the pressure, he could have found the net on more than one occasion on a frustrating apperance.
Ovie Ejaria (for Coutinho, 87) – N/A
A great moment for the former Arsenal youngster to make his Premier League debut at the age of 18.
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