YET another game of two halves saw Liverpool’s 100% record go after a hard fought draw against Swansea City in a game where former Liverpool player Jonjo Shelvey scored one, made one for Swansea and assisted 2 for Liverpool. Here’s my player ratings.
Made a number of tidy saves, though one parry back into the danger zone needed Skrtel to intervene to save a goal. Made some good catches and came for the ball well. His distribution with his feet is improving, but still too slow to release the ball after winning the ball back. At times his delayed release limited our counter-attacking ability, frustrating Sturridge.
Really struggled all game and was substituted after gaining a yellow card in the second half. Will be lucky to keep his place with Kelly, Toure and Flanagan keen to start. Poor distribution from right-back, forever passing backwards to Skrtel or the keeper, or otherwise consistently losing the ball. Showed no attacking outlet and was in part to blame for equaliser when failing to cover Michu’s run.
Liverpool’s best defender on the night. Frequently winning his headers and tackles. Great saving tackle from a Mignolet rebound stopped a certain goal and was unlucky when his block from Shelvey’s initial shot came straight back to the former Red to score the first goal. Could have covered Shelvey’s run quicker for second goal. Safe if unimaginative distribution but didn’t lose the ball. Needed to be more vocal given the inexperience on either side of him.
A mixed bag for Liverpool’s new signing. Won some big headers and great tackles but regularly dived in too often leaving team-mates exposed. Was too easily bypassed for first goal and perhaps could have dropped back quicker to help prevent the second goal. But showed plenty of ability, in particular ball retention, on a difficult place to play on his debut.
Fairly uneventful game for Enrique. Did his defensive duties fairly well but was unable to get forward. Erratic distribution and decision making are still hallmarks of his game. Didn’t quite have the same connection with Moses as he does with Coutinho, but this was their first game together.
Worked hard to close down Michu and win second balls. More effective in first half than second. Booked for a confrontation with Shelvey. Distribution was tidy – frequently found Coutinho, struggled to find Aspas. Ever reliable defensively.
A few forays forward aside, was mostly spent defending and building from deep. A couple of great passes forward that deserved better from Sturridge and Moses, but played much of the game rather too deep to affect the game offensively. Turning his back on Shelvey’s initially mis-kicked shot allowed Jonjo to bear down on Sakho leading to the first goal. Dead ball deliveries were excellent as ever. Did well considering played 90 minutes twice during the international break.
Frequently tucked in to help the midfield and used his energy well in both halves to chase, harry and defend. Did not offer much going forward or much width, and tendency to come inside too far left too much space on Liverpool’s right side for Swansea to attack. His least effective performance of the season.
A bright debut for the Nigerian with a strong showing particularly in the first half. Scored an excellent goal, intercepting a pass from Shelvey. Beat his man/men on a number of occasions in the first half and looked dangerous. Created a fantastic headed chance for Sturridge who headed at the keeper when he should have scored. Faded in the second half and was substituted.
A lively first half in which he was clearly revelling in being played centrally again. Controlled the tempo of the game and frequently got on the ball and looked to probe. Perhaps could have done more in the final third, but his importance became evident when he was substituted followed a vicious challenge by Ashley Williams. Afterwards Liverpool struggled to play out of midfield and could not maintain possession at all, clearly missing the little Brazilian.
Considering he’d only trained for 2 days and wasn’t fully fit, this was an excellent output again from the Barclays Player of the Month. Great anticipation for the quick-fire equaliser. Held the ball up well when he was given it, showed good movement stretching the opposition defence on both flanks and was by far our most dangerous attacking player. Was visibly frustrated when, after Coutinho came off, team-mates repeatedly failed to find him when in good positions. Aspas in particular was the main culprit. Great inside out run to create space for Moses to run into and score the 2nd goal.
Got on the ball well at times but failed to make the best of some good late opportunities to play in Sturridge or get a shot away.
Replaced the struggling Wisdom. Added some much needed vocal leadership to the team, but looked rusty in the right-back position being caught the wrong side on more than one occasion.
Came on for Moses but failed to make any impact offensively and again made some stupid late fouls allowing for opposition free-kicks from dangerous positions that fortunately came to nothing.
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