On what looked like a routine evening’s work at Anfield, Liverpool made things hard for themselves in the last ten minutes before sealing a 2-1 success over West Brom. In truth, the Reds should have finished the game much before Gareth McAuley scored to give West Brom some hope, after Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho had put Liverpool in command.
However, they will take the 3 points. On that note, here’s how each player fared
Loris Karius: 6/10
His distribution was tidy for most of the game, but there are still concerns over his handling of crosses. His uncertainty led to the corner that led to West Brom’s equalizer.
Nathaniel Clyne: 7/10
He was the pick of Liverpool’s back four on the night. He bombed forward for a large part of the game and put in a few teasing crosses that Liverpool’s attackers could not finish.
Joel Matip: 7/10
In general, he dealt well with Salomon Rondon, not giving the West Brom man a sniff. Liverpool’s set-piece defending is still a problem and Matip still needs some work on that aspect.
Dejan Lovren: 6/10
Like Matip, he too was steady for most of the game, when he was tested. He had a superb glancing header brilliantly saved by Ben Foster early in the second half.
James Milner: 5/10
As an attacking option, his final ball was dreadful. Defensively, he wasn’t tested by Matt Phillips but Hal Robson-Kanu gave him a tough time after he came on.
Jordan Henderson: 6/10
Liverpool’s captain could have done better. He was steady, but his passing was largely safe, which meant he mostly moved it only sideways or backward.
Emre Can: 6/10
He drove Liverpool forward from midfield and did his defensive duties reasonably well. With better finishing, he could have had a goal or two for himself.
Adam Lallana: 6/10
He carried on with his good form this season. He makes Liverpool tick, as he showed in the 30 minutes he played against United. His ability to drift in and out off tight spaces is an asset for any side.
Philippe Coutinho: 8/10
Man of the Match. Coutinho’s moment of inspiration paved the way for Liverpool’s first goal after it seemed like they were finding it difficult to break down a packed West Brom defense. Added to that, he got himself a goal with a classy finish.
Sadio Mane: 7/10
The Senegalese has undoubtedly been Jurgen Klopp’s best signing of the summer and he showed it again today. It was a beautiful first-time finish to give Liverpool the lead. Mane also set up Coutinho for Liverpool’s second.
Roberto Firmino: 7/10
On another day, Firmino could have had a hat-trick. His work-rate and movement are a nightmare for defenders, making him almost impossible to mark. His finishing was off the mark today, although some credit for that should be given to Foster and West Brom’s defenders.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 5/10
He came on to replace Lallana in the 77th minute. His job was mainly to ensure that Liverpool saw the game out. He curled a shot just wide of the right-hand post in the dying minutes of the game.
Lucas Leiva: N/A
He barely touched the ball after coming on in the 88th minute for Coutinho.
Divock Origi: N/A
He came on for Mane in injury time and his only contribution was to be caught offside once.