Now that we have had a little time to cool down following Liverpool’s thrilling 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium, it is time to rate the players.
Liverpool took another big step towards a potential top four finish with their captivating 1-1 draw with Manchester City, but how did the players do?
The Belgian could do nothing about Sergio Aguero’s equalizing goal but was pretty solid over the 90 minutes. He controlled his box fairly well and has responded incredibly well to the competition Loris Karius has provided. While there is still a mistake or two with Mignolet, he has become a top goalkeeper this season. Hopefully his form can continue through the last nine matches of the season.
Another good performance from Clyne. Nothing flashy, but reliable as always.
Great performance from the Cameroon international. Klopp has found a gem in Matip, who’s arrival on a free is one of the best transfers of the season. The center half, along with Ragnar Klavan did an excellent job of keeping Sergio Aguero quiet for big portions of the match. Will be disappointed at not getting a clean sheet, but a solid job overall.
The Estonian has been a healthy improvement to Lucas Leiva at center back. His calm performances have further confused me as to why Klopp favored Lucas during Liverpool’s recent tough run of results. Dejan Lovren is fit again, but Klavan has formed a great partnership with Matip. Was beaten to the ball by Aguero for Manchester City’s equalizer, though.
Scored Liverpool’s only goal from the penalty spot and was a willing worker, as per usual. While he is definitely not Liverpool’s left back of the future, Milner has been a pleasant surprise to watch in his new realm.
This was one of Can’s best performances as a Red and one that would be worthy of a new contract. Amid his poor run of form and contract controversy, Can has put together a nice little run of form. His screamer against Burnley last weekend ensured all three points and while he would not score a goal today, the German dominated the midfield. Stunning overall performance.
Emre Can was making those runs we loved again 👊
Great game from the German 🇩🇪 pic.twitter.com/ZyNQbHsbfF
— Anything Liverpool (@Anything_LFC) March 19, 2017
Another great performance by Gini. The Dutchman, like Emre Can, ran the midfield and should have won a penalty in the first half after some silky smooth footwork in the 18. Many questioned what Klopp wanted when he splashed the cash to bring Wijnaldum in from Newcastle in the summer, but it is clear now. He is one of the first names every week on Klopp’s team sheet and he put forth another brilliant performance today.
Good teamperformance, unlucky not get the 3 points! Thanks for the great support🙌🏾🔴! pic.twitter.com/ZAb8gMJP7i
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) March 19, 2017
He put forth a performance worthy of an 8 or 9, but will ultimately be remembered for one of the misses of the season. Overall, though, another great performance by Lallana who will be itching to end his goal scoring drought as soon as possible.
His pace was electric and gave City’s backline plenty of problems. Will feel hard done by Michael Oliver’s no penalty call, but it seemed the correct decision.
Just has not been the same since coming back from his injury. He was absent once again today.
Played well in his return from injury, but missed some big chances. Regardless he is Klopp’s first choice striker as it stands.
Came on as a sub, but was not able to assert any dominance on the match. Hopefully, fans can be patient with Origi through his spell of poor form as he looks poised for a big future, hopefully with Liverpool.
Lucas came on late and had no time to really do anything.
Set his team up to perfection and will feel unlucky to have not taken all three points. The German will have only one vision in mid now, a top four finish.