These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Liverpool’s home clash with against Manchester United on Monday night.
Loris Karius – 5
Composed for the most part, in particular with the ball at his feet, but almost landed his team in hot water when playing a stray pass to the opposition on the edge of his box.
Nathaniel Clyne – 5.5
A quiet game from the English right back, as he began coming into the action late on in support of Sadio Mané, but it all seemed a little too late.
Joel Matip – 6.5
Calm and collected throughout, keeping the defensive line in good nick alongside Dejan Lovren and creating one of the few chances of the game when marauding through the middle. Matip’s decent start to his Liverpool career continues.
Dejan Lovren – 6.5
Following on from Matip, Lovren kept up appearances in the back line and helped ensure a conservative Man United side had little chance of sneaking away with a win.
James Milner – 6.5
Top work ethic from Milner, as usual, who tried to glue play together on his side of the pitch as best as he could with Marcus Rashford lurking.
Jordan Henderson – 6
Solid in the middle of the park, but was stuck far too often with the task of getting plays started from deep, which isn’t his style.
Emre Can – 6
Failed to replicate Adam Lallana’s and Georginio Wijnaldum’s shared duties through the middle, which is a shame for Liverpool, but the German did grow into the game in the second half.
Sadio Mané – 4.5
Marked out of the game by Man United’s inclusion of Ashley Young in support for Daley Blind, and when space did arise on the flanks, Mané spurned his chances of inflicting damage through clumsiness on the ball.
Roberto Firmino – 5.5
Ghosted through phases of the game in starvation of the ball at his feet, but the ex-Hoffenheim man looked far better in the false nine role once it was vacated by Daniel Sturridge.
Philippe Coutinho – 7.5
Liverpool’s best hope of shifting a stubborn United side, who was unlucky not to see his shot from range bend around an inspired David De Gea.
Daniel Sturridge – 4
Anonymous throughout the game, largely down to Liverpool’s inability to break through the lines efficiently enough, which led to his substitution in the second half.
Adam Lallana – 6.5
A big miss for the Reds, the introduction of a semi-fit Lallana brought life into the game.
Divock Origi – N/A
Alberto Moreno – N/A
David De Gea – 7
At quiet night, attempts wise, but the Spaniard was on his toes to pull off a super save from a Coutinho shot from range.
Antonio Valencia – 6.5
Another solid display at right back for Valencia to add to his recent collection, rounded off by a last-ditch tackle that prevented Roberto Firmino from dispatching a shot inside the box.
Eric Bailly – 5.5
A fairly calm night for the former Villarreal defender.
Chris Smalling – 5.5
Much like Bailly, Smalling didn’t have a great deal to do thanks to the support of Herrera, Fellaini, and the full backs around him.
Daley Blind – 5
Blind was limited throughout due to Mané’s presence, thwarting the Senegalese forward successfully in combination with Young.
Ander Herrera – 6.5
Supported somewhat of a stun-charge on Liverpool really well in the opening stages of the encounter, whereas he also adapted adequately to fulfil his team’s needs in defensive midfield.
Marouane Fellaini – 6
Tucked in nicely next to Herrera and supplemented a hardened barrage for Liverpool to break down.
Marcus Rashford – 6
The young Englishman threatened early on the right flank, but, in accordance to the game, the opportunities to impose himself in attack diminish swiftly.
Paul Pogba – 5.5
Undoubtedly under José Mourinho’s instructions, Pogba spent much of his time breathing down Dejan Lovren’s and Jordan Henderson’s neck to make Liverpool’s task of constructive play more difficult, and did so well.
Ashley Young – 6
Followed Mané closely all game and prevented Liverpool’s man from finding pockets of space.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 5.5
Always ready to capitalise on a United attack, but the big Swede will be disappointed not to have done better with his header across goal in the second half.
Wayne Rooney – N/A
Luke Shaw – N/A