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Player Ratings: Liverpool 0 – 0 Manchester United

Anirudh Menon
14.19K   //    18 Oct 2016, 06:11 IST
Pogba seen here NOT doing the dab

Liverpool vs Manchester United was the kind of match that experts the world over will call a 'chess match'. For you and me, that translates to Oh My Good Lord that was so damn boring!

In the end, though Mourinho walked away with the air of a man who had gained one point, while Klopp's rueful smile showed that he thought of this as two points dropped.

Forget the managers for a minute, though, let's take a look at how the players performed -


Herrera and Lallana were excellent for their respective teams

Loris Karius – 5/10

Shaky, and unsteady, Karius was a poor man's Simon Mignolet on the night. He flapped at crosses, looked uncertain under pressure and made one or two extremely dangerous passes out from the back. He would have been punished if the United frontline had been even a notch better than what they were.  

Nathaniel Clyne – 5/10

The right back was unusually quiet going forward today, but most of that was down to Ashley Young's diligent tracking back. He was good defensively though, and gave United absolutely no joy on his flank. 

Joel Matip – 6/10

Matip did what Matip does – stay strong at the back, get bored when no-one's attacking and foray forward, and generally dominate in the air. He played a couple of really nice through balls and looked dangerous whenever he moved forward.

Dejan Lovren – 6/10

Solid, unspectacular and very good defensively – the Croat was everything that his manager asked him to be. He kept Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet and that is no mean feat. 

James Milner (Off 86') – 5.5/10

The total footballer was not at his best on the night. He was roasted a couple of times by Marcus Rashford early on, but, the stand-in left back recovered well enough to perform his defensive duties while bombing forward regularly, but he couldn't create the kind of chances that he should have.

Emre Can – 5/10

Coming into the team in place of the injured Wijnaldum, Can looked rusty, naturally, and made errors defensively and misplaced a number of passes. He did very well to force De Gea into a save, but with Smalling clinging on to his shirt like a little girl does her father's, he might have been better served to go for the penalty appeal. 

Jordan Henderson – 4.5/10

The captain, such a force in the early stages of this season, was all but invisible as a midfield presence and did nothing good going forward.  

Philippe Coutinho – 7.5/10

The Brazilian was a livewire and grew into the game as it went on. He was the one player in Merseyside red that no one in the United team could get a pin on, and he was the only player on either side who looked capable of forcing a result. He would have, if not for David De Gea's saves. Easily the most creative player on the pitch

Sadio Mane – 5/10

Much touted to succeed against the not-so-pacy Daley Blind, the Senegalese winger/striker did nothing. He was off-colour and was shackled by the experience and patience of Blind and Young on Liverpool's right.

Daniel Sturridge (Off 60') – 4/10

The striker looked clueless and bereft of ideas in this Liverpool side which looks so much more comfortable in a 4-3-3. He wasn't on the same wavelengths as his teammates and did very little of the ball to create space

Roberto Firmino (Off 85') – 6/10

The winger/striker ran willingly – like he always does – but was afforded absolutely no space, and couldn't create any. Made good runs though, especially after Lallana came on, and he was moved to a more advanced position. 


Adam Lallana (On 60') – 7/10

The first 60 matches served to underline the Englishman's importance to Liverpool, and the moment he came on to the field, Liverpool became a better team. His off the ball movement and positional intelligence is integral to the way the Merseysiders play. 

Divock Origi (On 85') - NA

Alberto Moreno (On 86') - NA

Both the subs came on too late to have any serious impact on the match

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