This is the first match of the Premier League season that just feels big. Leicester are rising. Liverpool have won 16 domestic games in a row. Let’s get right into it. Here are the Liverpool vs Leicester player ratings.
What a game! Liverpool dominated in large stretches, but Leicester began figuring it out right around the 78th minute when Klopp made his substitutes. Ayoze Perez’s addition for Leicester particularly tilted the game towards the Foxes.
Mane’s goal to go up 1-0 was brilliant. James Maddion’s equalizer further proves why we should buy him this summer. James Milner burying the penalty in stoppage was clutch.
We called this a 2-1 Liverpool win and it was. Liverpool deserved the win. While possession was even, Liverpool got 18 shots (8 on target) to Leicester’s 2 and 1. Liverpool were a bit unlucky as well, with 3.75 xG to Leicester’s .1.
This game will be remembered if Liverpool win the Premier League this season. It’s 17 in a row, one off the record.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp (7) – Was wise to start Lovren, who he should’ve given the nod to against Red Bull Salzburg. Also wise to site Henderson for Milner. The subs were made at the right time. Still needs to tighten up the backline though. Defending too sloppy.
Adrian (6.5) – Not much to do in the first half. Did well coming off his line to stop Vardy. Made an all-world save on what was ultimately a Leicester off-sides. Could’ve gotten a hand on Maddison’s shot but it was tricky.
Trent Alexander-Arndold (7) – Offensively poor, defensively solid. Service off today. But was our best defender of the day and actually led the lads in possession.
Virgil van Dijk (5.5) – VVD needs to find his 2018-19 form, stat. Wasn’t bad by any means but not the monster he has been.
Dejan Lovren (7) – Welcome back to the starting XI! I think people forget how not-terrible Lovren can be. Actually thought he was better than van Dijk today. Good on tackles (winning 2), aerials (4 clearances). No real mistakes. Well done. 👏
Andy Robertson (7) – Constant menace. Offensively and defensively was everywhere. Needed to bury that 1vs1 in second half. Really like seeing him going for goal more though.
James Milner (8) – Earned the start over Hendo and no complaints. His left-footed curling assist to Mane on the opener was all-world. Cooley buried his penalty despite Schmeichel’s gamemanship.
17 game win streak on the line.— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) October 5, 2019
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Fabinho (6) – Solid but not spectacular. Felt he needed to get more involved after Ayoze came in.
Georginio Wijnaldum (6.5) – This was a “Good Gini” game. Played more on front-foot. Appreciate the ambition of how he went for goal in the 71st. Liverpool fans recognized it too on his exit for Henderson in the 78th.
Roberto Firmino (6) – Another match where he might’ve played one pass too many, got too cute. Good on the ball and penetrating though. Rightfully came off in the 78th minute for Origi.
Sadio Mane (8) – Mane was freaking awesome today. He was Firmino-esque in his tracking back and defensive contributions. His opening goal showed a great touch (gotta give credit when it’s due) and clinical-ness. It was his 50th in the EPL. Earned the penalty in stoppage to set up the winner.
Sadio Mane's 50th Premier League goal 🔥 pic.twitter.com/APQV2KpGku— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) October 5, 2019
Mohamed Salah (6) – Habit of dribbling into defenders continues. Too many heavy passes. Like Firmino, good penetration on dribbles. Five shots, a little unlucky to not score even though not all shots were quality. However, he grinded all game and had the crap beat out of him, especially in the 89th with a cheap shot. Had to come off in stoppage.
Jordan Henderson (NR) – One for Gini in the 78th minute. Was a bully and strong defensively.
Divock Origi (7) – On for Bobby in the 78th minute. Brilliant touch and run that set up the penalty for Mane.
Adam Lallana (NR) – Late addition after Salah had to go off.
MAN OF THE MATCH
This was all wrapped up for Mane until Milner buried his pk. Mane and Milner were involved in both goals today though. They both earn Man of the Match honors today.