Mane Gets 8.5, Salah With 7 | Liverpool Players Rated In Their Dramatic Win Over Chelsea

Liverpool faced off against Chelsea at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul earlier tonight hoping to get their hands on the UEFA Super Cup. The Reds made a sluggish start to the contest as they gave away the ball cheaply in midfield. The Pensioners took full advantage of the situation and finally managed to make a breakthrough in the 36th minute through Olivier Giroud’s smart finish. The West London side grew in confidence and almost scored a second goal via Christian Pulisic before half-time. However, the American’s goal was ruled out as he was caught off-side by the VAR technology.

The Reds came up with a quick response in the second half when Sadio Mane found the back of the net in the 48th minute. Both teams fought hard but could not add to the goal-tally as the match finished 1-1 before extra-time.

Jurgen Klopp’s men scored early in the first half of extra-time before Jorginho levelled the scoreline from the penalty spot just moments later. The contest finished 2-2 after extra-time, and the Reds went on to win the penalty shoot-out 5-4 to lift the UEFA Super Cup for the fourth time in their history.

Let’s take a look at how each Liverpool player performed during the match against the Pensioners.

GK: Adrian – 8/10

The Spanish keeper made a few crucial blocks at the back but was responsible for giving away the penalty in extra-time which opened the door for a Chelsea comeback. However, he made amends after extra-time when he saved Tammy Abraham’s penalty to win the UEFA Super Cup for Liverpool.

RB: Joe Gomez – 5/10

The English talent defended valiantly in the first half but crumbled under pressure towards the latter stages of the contest.

CB: Joel Matip – 7/10

The Cameroonian centre-back mopped up well to clear the danger for the Reds. However, he was a bit sloppy on the ball towards the end of the match.

CB: Virgil Van Dijk – 7.5/10

The Dutch defensive ace put in another commanding display at the back for the Merseyside outfit.

LB: Andrew Robertson – 5/10

It was an off-day from the Scotland international. He struggled to make an impact in the opposition half and looked shaky in defence as well.

CM: James Milner – 4/10

The English veteran looked slow and well off the pace in the first half, which gave the Pensioners an advantage on the counter.

CM: Fabinho – 7/10

The Brazilian workhorse held the Liverpool midfield on his own but often got outnumbered by the opposition.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 6.5/10

The Liverpool midfielder worked his socks off but lacked the cutting edge in the final third.

RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 3/10

He was not non-existent in the first half and was rightfully replaced at half-time.

ST: Mohamed Salah – 7/10

The Egyptian winger was once again Klopp’s best weapon in the attacking third of the pitch. He was a constant threat and was unlucky not to get a goal tonight.

LM: Sadio Mane – 8.5/10

The Senegalese speedster dragged his team back into the contest in the second half. He also gave Liverpool the lead in extra-time with a powerful finish.

Substitutes:

ST: Roberto Firmino – 8.5/10

The Brazilian striker completely changed the game after coming on at half-time. He orchestrated Mane’s first goal with a clever touch in the final third. Firmino kept his nerve under pressure to score during the penalty shoot-out.

CM: Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10

The Dutchman brought some energy to the Liverpool midfield.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5/10

The English youngster came off the bench but put in a lacklustre display at the back. However, the right-back scored his penalty after extra-time to help his team win the Super Cup.

ST: Divock Origi – 7/10

He was Liverpool’s best weapon in extra-time.

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Abhinab Ghosh

A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

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