Liverpool Player Ratings at Inter Milan (Champions League Round of 16 Leg 1)

Written By Uttiyo Sarkar on February 16, 2022

Liverpool took early control of their Champions League Round of 16 clash against Inter Milan with a compelling 2-0 win in the first-leg at San Siro. 

The first half was a relatively drab, cagey affair. Neither team was able to get a single shot on target, with both teams basically cancelling each other out. The Reds knew they needed some magic in the attacking third to scrape out a result after the break. 

Liverpool were struggling to create chances – forcing Jurgen Klopp to make as many as 4 substitutions in the second half. One of them – Roberto Firmino – ended up breaking the deadlock with an exquisite header in the 75th minute to give his side an important lead. 

Mo Salah then made it 2-0 in the 83rd minute by finishing off a smart set-piece routine and seeing his shot slightly deflected before going to the back of the net. 

After going past some nervy moments in the first-hour, the Reds just outclassed Inter in the end and now take a formidable lead to Anfield. This tie seems to be as good as over anyways. 

Here are Liverpool player ratings at Inter Milan Champions League Round of 16 Leg 1.

Liverpool Player Ratings at Inter Milan

Manager

Jurgen Klopp (8.0) – 

Klopp knew it wouldn’t be the easiest outing against the reigning Serie A champions, but set up a clever plan to result in their late implosion. His tactics of having his side utilize their trademark high press tactics forced Inter to play on the back-foot and cover more ground just to keep things tied – due to which they lost all energy & concentration towards the end. 

He realized that his own side was in threat of losing it because of exhaustion and made 4 substitutions before the hour-mark. It ended up working wonders, as Firmino scored the opener, Henderson looked really good and Luis Diaz made another impressive substitute cameo. Ensured his side eventually outclassed the Italian side at their own yard. 

Goalkeeper

Alisson (6.5) –

Got himself into trouble with a few risky, misplaced passes but unable to see Inter pounce on them in the first half. Considering that Inter had 0 shots on target, Alisson didn’t have any real saves to make – but still looked secure at the back. 

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold (5.0) –

Trent initially looked to be enjoying the prospect of facing Ivan Perisic, but started to crumble as Inter piled the attacks down his side. Caught out of position quite a few times as Inter created some chances down his wing and looked overwhelmed at times. Bailed out by his impressive centre-backs on the day. 

Virgil van Dijk (8.5) –

Van Dijk was absolutely ice-cold under pressure and almost effortlessly produced some clutch defending to cut out so many of Inter’s dangerous attacking moves. Assisted Salah’s goal with a nice header.

Made 7 clearances, 3 interceptions and won 4 key duels to shut down the attacks and it almost seemed like the Inter players were scared to face him in 1v1 situations. Kept LFC in the game with some excellent defending. 

Ibrahima Konate (7.5) – 

Konate impressed in a surprising start and did well to deal with Dzeko’s threat. Was a proactive figure at the back and supported Van Dijk really well, making 4 interceptions, 2 tackles and winning 4 duels to help his side keep the hosts quiet. 

Andy Robertson (8.0) – 

Robbo’s was a real workhorse on the left, bombing up and down for his side. Set up a big chance for Mane in the 14th with a fantastic cross. Flung in the brilliant cross to set up Firmino’s goal. 

Apart from creating 4 scoring chances and getting the assist, Robbo was also defensively rock-solid and came up with clutch challenges to frustrate Inter. 

Midfielders

Thiago Alcantara (7.5) – 

Thiago’s being given the freedom to help LFC control things in midfield. Hit a scuffed volley just over the bar in the 9th. Worked hard all game long, putting in some important defensive work and helping keep the ball moving forward all the time. Helped his side control the midfield battle with a confident performance. 

Harvey Elliot (5.5) –

Elliot became the youngest-ever start for LFC in a Champions League game after impressing since his return from injury.  He carried the ball forward well & made some nice passes, but just lacked that special something with his final product. Taken off before the hour-mark. 

Fabinho (6.0) –

Can Fabinho score another goal? Well he couldn’t in this one, only being forced to move things around in midfield. Despite being defensively proactive, he seemed a bit overwhelmed by Inter’s fast-breaks and taken off after a drop in energy levels around the hour-mark. 

Forwards

Mo Salah (7.0) – 

Salah looks determined to get among the goals again and is troubling defenders with his smart forward runs. Lacked that special spark with his final product for the majority of the game, but pounced on a huge opportunity to get a shot past a number of players for Liverpool’s second. 

Diogo Jota (4.5) –

Jota had a frustrating time dealing with Inter’s sturdy defensive shape and couldn’t make any impact in the first half. Taken off at the break. 

Sadio Mane (5.0) –

Mane was a real menace with his movement in the final third and had a big chance to score in the 14th, but hit his header over from close range. Hits a speculative acrobatic back-volley wide in the 22nd. Despite playing majorly as a centre-forward, Mane failed to test the goalkeeper and didn’t have his shooting boots on the day. 

Substitutions

Roberto Firmino (7.5) –

Added more positive energy to Liverpool’s attack after coming on. Moved past his marker and struck a smart header that went past the goalkeeper’s reach. Helped his side create some nice stuff with smart link-up play and ensured they controlled the second half without any issues. 

Naby Keita (6.0) –

Keita was at the heart of some nice counter-attacking moves, but couldn’t put the finishing touches to them. Ensured his side dominated the possession towards the end. 

Luis Diaz (6.5) –

Nearly makes instant impact immediately after coming on, playing a nice one-two with Trent before attempting a shot on goal that is deflected wide in the 63rd. Added a unique threat after coming on and galvanized his team’s attack, causing defenders all kind of problems. 

Jordan Henderson (6.0) –

Henderson helped his side take the game by the scruff of the neck and score two late goals to get a big win. Looked solid in his defensive midfield role. 

James Milner (N/R) –

Brough to to ensure LFC saw off the win with a clean sheet. 

MAN OF THE MATCH

Have to give this to Van Dijk. He shut down the Inter forwards and stopped so many of their promising attacking moves single-handedly. Seems to be getting back to his best too. He’s the MOTM for today. 

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