This is what is called the magic of the FA Cup where not so reputed teams of England playing in the lower leagues are drawn against top giants with an equal platform for them to give it all and topple the big fishes. Playing in the League Two, Plymouth Argyle were to visit Anfield as Liverpool welcomed them, keeping in mind that only a positive result, that is a victory was expected.
Jurgen Klopp fielded a very young Liverpool attacking line-up and the Reds also saw Loris Karius and Alberto Moreno return to the starting lineup. Known names as Lucas Leiva as well as young talents Ojo, Woodburn and Joe Gomez, were handed starts. Plymouth parked the bus since the very beginning but constant Reds pressure saw them having to fight out for the draw until the last few minutes of the match.
Divock Origi disappointed on the evening and Daniel Sturridge’s inclusion in the second half provided nothing but a spark that didn’t catch fire. Anfield gave an ovation for the heart shown by the away side and the draw only make the schedule even more compact for Liverpool as they would have to play the FA Cup replay.
The Best And The Worst Liverpool Players Rated From Their Draw Vs Plymouth
1) Loris Karius – 6/10
Dealt with a free kick in the second half but otherwise, he was hardly even troubled in the game. Sadly for him, he got nothing coming his way to impress and raise stakes for the goalkeeping position in the first team.
2) Alexandre Arnold – 7/10
Undoubtedly showed why he is a promising talent. His brightening runs illuminated the attack of Liverpool’s in the opening half but in the second half his performance wore off. He dealt with whatever came his way defensively and it was an impressive display from the youngster.
3) Alberto Moreno – 6/10
Showed adventure and promise running down the left but his crosses were a let-down. He did well when called upon defensively but still this performance will hardly earn him a place in the first team over Milner.
4) Joe Gomez – 6.5/10
One of the most highly rated youngsters in the budding Liverpool team and he showed again as to why he deserves it.
His clinical balls to Woodburn were accurate and defensively he made no error. The lad will keep on improving surely.
5) Lucas Leiva – 6/10
Playing at the back today, the experienced Brazilian darted to midfield often leaving Gomez alone at the back. His great shot in the second half was blocked by the keeper but his efforts to break down Plymouth didn’t fetch rewards.