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October 27, 2019

Liverpool Player Ratings vs Tottenham (Matchday 10)

Chops October 27, 2019

Liverpool host Tottenham in the marquee match-up of Premier League matchday 10.

Not much has changed since when these two teams met on June 1st. Liverpool has kept on winning. Tottenham…not so much.

Still, Tottenham appeared to get back on track with a 5-0 Champions League shellacking of Red Stars Belgrade this week. Liverpool put 4 past Genk in Belgium. Both teams should be feeling confident.

Just one quick note before we dive into the Liverpool vs Tottenham player ratings — here are the major clubs Liverpool has played to date this EPL season:

  • Chelsea
  • Arsenal
  • Leicester City
  • Manchester United
  • Tottenham

Here are the major clubs Manchester City has played:

  • Tottenham

With a win, Liverpool would remain 6 clear of City. Liverpool are in good shape. 

Unfortunately for them, it took Spurs all of 47 seconds to get on the board. Harry Kane (when did he become so unlikable btw?) was in his frustratingly right place / right time rebounding a header from a long shot off the cross bar to put Tottenham ahead 1-0. From there, while stats showed Liverpool dominated the first half (72% possession, 10 / 5 shots) it didn’t really feeeeel that way until  minutes 30-45. Credit to Spurs gk Paulo Gazzaniga for making some killer saves. 

Jordan Henderson leveled the match with a smart strike in the 52nd. 

Liverpool absolutely put their foot on the pedal after that. Sadio Mane earned a penalty in the box that Mo Salah converted from the spot to go up 2-1. That ended up being the final. 

Another day where xG doesn’t match the eye test on Liverpool. They were xG 1.8 (+1 penalty) to Spurs’ 1.6. After a full 90, not even Harry Kane’s parents would says Spurs looked even. Here’s a crazy stat to close with: 

Had Spurs somehow recorded another goal today and come away with 2-2 draws at the Etihad and Anfield, they’d have done so despite being outshot by a collective 51 to 14 (with 23 on target vs 6)

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Liverpool Player Ratings

Manager

Jurgen Klopp (7.5) – Went back to his tried and tested starting XI (minus an injured Joel Matip). Was that the right call? Klopp has a frustrating habit of not allowing players to build momentum on positive performances. 

The midfield felt a bit stale for swaths of the first half. But as Klopp is also prone to do, he got the lads in the right mind-frame after half. Liverpool DOMINATED the second half. Was smart to adjust to a 4-4-2 when Salah went out, moving TAA to outside right mid and Milner to outside left. 

Well managed game by the boss. 

Goalkeeper

Alisson (8) – Hot damn it’s nice having Alisson back. As he can do, came up with two HUGE saves in the closing minutes to help secure the win. Did well in distribution today too.

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arndold (9) – Delivery gets better and better as the game goes on. Seriously got more balls into the 18 than all of Spurs combined, times 2, and squared. Only Kevin de Bruyne has created more chances than TAA this season. 

Won’t go on score sheet but his well-positioned header to thwart a Spurs counter in the 74th LED to the Liverpool counters and penalty in the box against Mane. Really defending well with some key blocks and clearances. Led the squad in possession. All around stellar day. 

Virgil van Dijk (6) – Maybe could’ve anticipated and / or been on Kane closer for that opener. Otherwise was solid and organized (finally). For example, in the 79th brought the backline high enough that when Spurs got a turnover and counter, FIVE Tottenham players were off-sides. However, still not back to last year’s form.

Dejan Lovren (7) – Looks good! Some heady defending. Better than VVD today. Was second on squad in possession (10.6% total) and won 7 aerials. 

Andy Robertson (6.5) – Wasn’t on the ball as much as normal, but he was effective when he did (two successful dribbles and some good deliveries). Did well defending. 

Midfielders

Jordan Henderson (7.5) – Simply looks more comfortable when on front foot. Invisible when not. VERY smart strike to level. GREAT run into the box that could’ve drawn a penalty in the 81st minute. Needs to tidy up his passing though. Overall was active defensively and tracking back. Won two tackles. One of his better performances of the year even before the goal though. 

Fabinho (7) – Another solid showing. More of a boss defensively than offensively…but was a midfield disrupted in the second half particularly. 

Georginio Wijnaldum (6) – Fairly solid play and was getting involved. He needed to pull the trigger on a golden chance in the 60th minute that resulted in no shot. Then headed the ball right at the keeper 30 seconds later. Subbed for Milner in the 77th. 

Forwards

Roberto Firmino (7) – Very unfortunate to not find the net multiple times (4 shots). Tracked back and added a lot defensively, winning three tackles. 

Sadio Mane (6.5) – Was the weakest of the attacking three for much of the day, but did well to fight and get the penalty leading to Salah’s score from the spot. 

Mohamed Salah (8) – VERY VERY unfortunate to not find the net multiple times. While Mane probably deserved to take the penalty that put Liverpool up 2-1, Salah deserved the goal. Came off with a little knock late. He was great today. 

Substitutions

James Milner (NR) – Came on for Gini to help close out the game after the Salah penalty. 

Joe Gomez (NR) – On late for Mo Salah to provide defensive support. Looked nervy though. 

Divock Origi (NR) – Super late sub to kill off the clock.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Giving this to TAA. Thought he was our best all around player of the day. 

Manchester United Player Ratings vs Norwich (Matchday 10)

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Manchester United travelled to struggling Norwich City in look of getting their first away win of their Premier League campaign. They did so with a dominant 3-1 win, finally ending their away curse.United started the game on the front-foot, forcing a couple of solid saves from Krul early on. They finally found their reward in the 21st minute when Scott McTominay’s clever shot brisked into the net to give them the lead.

Daniel James won them a penalty in the 26th minute, but Marcus Rashford scuffed it with a pathetic attempt. However, Rashford didn’t miss in the 31st minute when James’ amazing pass allowed him to score an easy goal after being one-v-one with Krul. 

United had the chance to go three up when they won another penalty in the 43rd minute, but Anthony Martial missed that too! Why can’t these guys score pens?!?!

The Red Devils weathered the storm in the second half and found their third in the 73rd minute, when Rashford linked well with Martial before playing a clever back-heel to allow the Frenchman to dink in his goal past Krul. Onel Hernandez capitalized on McTominay’s error to score a consolation in the 88th minute, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sealed an impressive first away win in style. 

Manchester United Player Ratings

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (7.5) –

Solskjaer’s clearly rejuvenated after the Liverpool result and playing his best front-three did the trick. He capitalized on Norwich’s defensive vulnerabilities superbly by setting his side to run at their frail backline and keep things grounded. Seems to have found his midfield combination as well to accompany Pogba. Outwitted the clever Daniel Farke and gives his job some much needed security with this dominant showing.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea (6.0) –

Saw his side take a solid lead without having to do anything. But DDG was alert when called upon, making  a great stop to deny Cantwell in the 38th. Unlucky to see his clean-sheet wasted by conceding an unnecessary goal late on. 

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka(7.5)-

AWB looks more confident roaming forward today, but is still lacking that added zest to his delivery. Makes a potential goal-saving challenge by recovering brilliantly in the 38th. Uncharasterically makes a horrible challenge before the break to get a yellow-card. 

Found his stride in the second half, making some vintage tackles and clearances to prove why he’s such an asset to this side.

Harry Maguire (6.5) –

Harry has a challenging night ahead of him against the venomous Teemu Pukki. Done well up till the break, making a few clever challenges. Despite being caught wrong-footed at times, Maguire did a number on Pukki and made some important challenges to keep the hosts quiet. 

Victor Lindelof (6.5) –

Victor’s playing very high up to try and create some chances for his side. Very confident with his work tonight. intained a solid defensive line with Maguire, made some composed challenges and countered Norwich’s press like a boss. 

Ashley Young (5.0) –

Sloppy start to the game, allowing Norwich to blaze through his wing leading to Cantwell’s 5th minute chance. Way too slow with his defensive contributions. Allowing Aarons to swift past him too easily. His frustrations are showing with a series of bad tackles, one on Aarons which got him booked. Shouldn’t be starting games anymore. 

Midfielders

Fred (7.0) –

Assertive with his distribution and  pressing early on. Still shaky with passing and gave one straight to Pukki to allow a Norwich counter-attack before the break. Won his side a penalty when his strike from outside the area struck Cantwell’s arm.

Forced a solid stop from Krul few minutes later after the missed penalty. The Brazilian pressed Norwich like a hound, made crucial tackles and recoveries. Finding his stride slowly. 

Scott McTominay (7.0) –

The Scotsman is playing deeper than usual today and has done well to dominate proceedings early on. Yet when it came to finishing from just inside the area in the 21st minute, he slotted in perfectly past many bodies to give his side the lead.

Despite a sloppy error to deny DDG a clean-sheet in the ding minutes, McTominay gave another warrior-like showing by driving United forward, making interceptions and working his socks off the whole game.

Andreas Pereira (6.5) –

Pereira looks much more expressive in central role. Takes a swipe at goal which goes just wide in the 10th. Sent in an inviting cross from the right to create confusion leading to the opener. Menacing with his corner delivery and linked play pretty well in the final third. 

Forwards

Marcus Rashford (7.5) –

Rashford’s received a free role today. Looking menacing with movement, but nothing with his delivery so far. Linked well with Martial to get a solid swipe at goal in the 19th. Chested a corner superbly for Martial a minute later. Missed a penalty AGAIN in the 29th. Horrible, weak attempt.

Redeems himself by slotting in comfortably after a clever run in a few minutes later. Showcases new-found confidence by drifting past Aarons through the left and hitting the side-netting in the 34th. Worked his magic sprinting through the left the whole game and played a clever flick behind to assist Martial’s goal.

Daniel James (7.5) – 

Moved permanently to the right wing with Martial’s inclusion. Done well to help Wan-Bissaka with tracking back so far. Used his wits to win United a penalty in the 26th minute by forcing a mild tackle from Godfrey.

Despite seeing it missed, James pegged on to deliver a spectacular assist with a fantastic lobbed through-ball to hand Rashford his goal. Whipped in another amazing cross after the break to get Martial a swipe at goal. Finding his groove on the right and United’s most dangerous creator again today. 

Anthony Martial (7.0) –

Not as involved as he’d like to be early on. Found Rashford’s run pretty well to create a decent chance in the 19th. Denied by an amazing save from Krul when his header from close was tipped over a minute later. Or not. He missed his one too before the break! Awarded another golden chance at goal in the 53rd, but saw his shot saved again. 

But he didn’t miss in the 73rd, taking Rashford’s fancy flick in stride before brilliantly chipping past Krul. Bit frustrating at times, but got the job done with a smart goal. 

Substitutions  

Mason Greenwood (6.0) –

The Teenager almost got his first Premier League goal, but his shot in added time was kept out by a hobbling Krul.

Jesse Lingard (6.0) –

Nearly found his first league goal when his shot from range blasted over in the 83rd. Worked hard to keep his side ahead. 

James Garner (N/A) –

Kept the game ticking with industrious work. 

MAN OF THE MATCH

He was frustrating at times, but Rashford proved his class working through the left-wing today. Broke through on numerous occasions, scored a smart goal and brilliantly assisted later on to redeem his penalty miss. 

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