How Liverpool's players rated in their Merseyside victory over Everton
Liverpool emerged victorious from a tempestuous Merseyside derby thanks to an injury-time winner by Sadio Mane. The Reds, who have a fabulous recent record over their fierce rivals, climbed to second in the Premier League as a result of their last-gasp triumph. It was a timely result for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have narrowed the deficit on leaders Chelsea to six points. So how did Liverpool’s players fare? Feel free to leave your thoughts on the ratings – or even submit your own – in the comments section below.
Simon Mignolet – 7
Largely a spectator as Everton struggled to manufacture any genuine attempt on goal. A welcome clean sheet as he looks to re-establish himself as Liverpool’s first-choice keeper ahead of Loris Karius.
Nathaniel Clyne – 6
Stretched his legs with several forays to the Everton by-line but produced a couple of poor deliveries and looked suspect defensively. Did not have much to occupy himself with in the second half.
Ragnar Klaven – 6.5
Handed the unenviable task of the in-form keeping Lukaku quiet and initially struggled to get to grips with the Belgian’s physicality. Had little to do in the second half.
Dejan Lovren – 7.5 (Man of the Match)
The more comfortable of Liverpool’s centre-halfs, this was an assured display from the Croatian. Carried out his responsibilities with a composure and assuredness that enabled the Reds to keep a clean sheet.
James Milner – 7.5
Despite being a naturally right-footed midfielder, Milner has made the left-back position his own in recent months. He was often isolated with Firmino drifting inside but got forward more and more as the game progressed.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 5.5
Struck Liverpool’s first shot of the match from long range but was the least effective of Liverpool’s midfield. A simple pass that ballooned out of play was rather symbolic of his night.
Jordan Henderson – 7
No standout moments but this was a typical Henderson performance – tidy and unfussy. Did most of the dirty work. Did well not to lose his cool after being the victim of a shocking tackle by Barkley.
Adam Lallana – 7
Couldn’t continue his recent goal-scoring form but produced some typically skilful touches with both feet. Thriving under Klopp’s guidance and growing into a key footballer for both Liverpool and England.
Roberto Firmino – 6.5
An acrobatic attempt rather summed up his evening. Produced one nice flick to set Mane through on goal in the second half, but otherwise was not up to the high standards he has set himself this season.
Sadio Mane – 6.5
Very quiet for large parts but he popped up to score the only goal of the game with a poacher’s strike in injury time, after Sturridge’s shot had rebounded off the post. Living up to his hefty price-tag.
Divock Origi – 5
Came into the match with six goals in his last six appearances, but was off-colour. Fired wide after being teed up by Clyne in the first half but failed to trouble the Everton defence and was replaced by Sturridge.
Daniel Sturridge – 7
Typical Sturridge – he drifted in and out of the game after coming off the bench but then provided the assist for Mane with a jinking run and shot that rebounded off the post.
Emre Can – 5.5
Came on for Lallana in the latter stages but made little impression.
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