Signs that Liverpool may be in trouble this campaign all really started with their embarrassing 7-2 October loss to Aston Villa.
How will the Reds respond?
Liverpool are coming off another head-scratching performance. Their mid-week loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League was about as poorly coached a match as Jurgen Klopp has ever had. Will that stinker linger today?
The first half was all of the same problems that have plagued Liverpool during this stretch. Dominated possession, can’t convert chances, have another total bullshit VAR call ruled against them, and go into the half down 1-0.
However, Liverpool stepped up in the second half. Or better put, they finished. Mo Salah got the first and Trent Alexander-Arnold got a stunner in stoppage to guide Liverpool to victory 2-1. The Red are back in the top 4 (for now) after the win.
Liverpool Player Ratings vs Aston Villa
Jurgen Klopp (7) –
Immediately earns a “5” for not starting Keita. Interestingly benches Sadio Mane, on his birthday no less, who was utter💩 against RM. Earns points for not letting the ridiculous VAR over-ruling on Firmino’s goal sink the crew. Good subs. Much better overall than the mentality shown at RM.
Alisson (6) –
Should’ve done better with the Villa opener. It was a tough shot but when you’re one of the 2-3 best goalkeepers in the world you make that save. Was fine after that.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (9) –
Abused by RM. Hopefully leads to an inspired performance. Effective going forward. But also putting in the effort defensively. Three tackles. Lots of time on the ball. His laser in stoppage to win Liverpool the match was a thing of beauty.
Ozan Kabak (6) –
Could’ve defended better on the opener. Just missed the block. Otherwise was solid.
Nat Phillips (7.5) –
He’s seeing a lot of the ball. Just a tower defensively, with another 10 aerials won. From a defensive perspective, he was the best of the backline today.
Andy Robertson (6) –
Not as involved offensively as he’d probably like. The field is tilted Trent’s way today. Effort is there but his assist tally is running dry.
Gini Wijnaldum (6) –
One of those “quiet” Gini games. Doesn’t see much of the ball. Worked hard but just all the dirty work. Comes off early, likely to rest for midweek.
James Milner (7) –
Getting another start. Must be lights out in training. Translating to the field. Working his ass off. Winning tackles. Dispossessing. Best of the starting mids today.
Fabinho (6.5) –
Solid for sure but not as pronounced as he has been of late. More of a steady hand than a force of nature today.
Mo Salah (8.5) –
Looks determined to score today. Definitely the most effective of the front three. Gets his equalizer goal in the 57th solely because he was hungry for the goal.
Roberto Firmino (7) –
Interested to see how he pairs with Jota on the frontline. Utterly robbed of the first half equalizer. Really strong on ball and completing the most dribbles on the squad (4). Good showing.
Diogo Jota (6) –
Gets start over Mane. Isn’t really clicking today. He was ruled offside in the build-up to Firmino’s goal but that was some utter nonsense. Firing at the goal though. Five total shots. Just missing the bit of magic.
Thiago (7) – Robbed of the winner in stoppage (Trent ultimately bagged it). Some creative passing. Good run out.
Xherdan Shaqiri (NR) – Crucial in the build-up to the winner. Looks confident and hungry.
Sadio Mane (NR) – On late and flubs a breakaway for a birthday goal.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Trent! Needs to get more consistent and find this version of himself more often, but days like today are a reminder of why he’s considered the best right-back on the planet.