If Liverpool don’t take 3 points today, their top 4 ambitions are over.
Jurgen Klopp rolls out his 16th different center-back combo of the season today, which doesn’t even seem possible. Not what you want to see playing a confident Manchester United squad at Old Trafford.
Aaaaaand yeah. An own goal by Nat Phillips puts Man U up 1-0 early. Phillips though makes amends later on with a good effort and assist on Diogo Jota’s leveler. In first half stoppage time, Roberto Firmino ends his 12 match Premier League scoreless draught to put the Reds up 2-1.
The second half was nervy, but Liverpool pulled away and wins this 4-2. They’ve got a real shot at the top 4 again. Wow.
Liverpool Player Ratings vs Manchester United
Jurgen Klopp () –
He’s not got a ton of options on the backline, but something about the line-up selection or formation feels stale. We’ll see.
Yeah, team doesn’t seem mentally sharp today. That’s on Klopp.
However, the lads turn it around and come to life midway through the first half.
Alisson (5) –
Terrible sloppy pass almost gets us punished in the 6th minute. Gives up 2 goals. Not his best afternoon.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7) –
Perfect service to Firmino in first half stoppage to put Liverpool up 2-1. A little more involved offensively than Robbo and overall good spirit and effort.
Ryhs Williams (6) –
Bad feeling a savvy vet like Cavani may work him over today. But not really! Nothing that really shined but didn’t embarrass himself in any way either. A performance that should help him grow.
Nat Phillips (7.5) –
Big Nat is the only Liverpool player other than Mo Salah who can finish, apparently. Unfortunately it’s against his own team. Although he’s not dinged for an own goal. Makes up for it with a good effort and assist on Liverpool’s opener. Also had a major clearance off the line. After a wobbly start, Big Nat delivered.
Andy Robertson (6) –
Wow. Some old school defending on Rashford. Rapid tracking back and dispossessing. No real influence offensively, though his overlaps were never fed either.
Gini Wijnaldum (6) –
Would like to see a more offensively assertive version of Gini today. Some good runs and interceptions, but could influence the match more.
Thiago (7) –
Hopefully comes in with confidence after finally opening his Anfield account this weekend. Good to see him get a full 90 minutes. Didn’t make that one killer through ball but very much in control.
Fabinho (6.5) –
An OK showing. Not total command though and he didn’t boss the middle of the pitch like on his best days. Won some aerials and tackles, but nothing out of this world.
Diogo Jota (8) –
Needs to pick out his overlapping runners better. Henderson denies a good effort in the 23rd minute. Denied again in the 34th minute by another fine Henderson save…but gets a deflection in off the ensuing corner to level the match.
Woodwork keeps Jota from joining Bobby in Braceland in the 59th minute.
Roberto Firmino (8.5) –
Solid first half culminates with a scorching header to put Liverpool up 2-1 right before half. Bobby strikes again! In the 47th minute, dazzler hits one from the center of the box to put the Reds up 3-1.
Mo Salah (7) –
Let’s take over the Golden Boot race today, Mo. Ooorrrrrr let’s be totally invisible in the first half.
A little more of a spark as the second half starts. And in classic Mo style, despite a pretty quiet game, he clinically finishes Man U off with his league-lead tying 21st goal of the season.
Curtis Jones (7) –
Earns an assist on Mo’s goal.
Sadio Mane (NR) –
One darting run but not enough time to make impact.
Neco Williams (NR) –
Late, time-killing sub.
MAN OF THE MATCH
There’s something that the Kop wants you to know…The best in the world his name is Bobby Firmino…