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Jota Gets 8, Minamino With 7.5 | Liverpool Players Rated In Comfortable Win Vs Cardiff City

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Liverpool welcomed Cardiff City at Anfield earlier today as they focused on earning a win so that they can secure a place in the next round of the FA Cup. The Reds were dominant in the first half but were lackluster in the final third as they went into the half-time break with a goalless scoreline.

Diogo Jota finally broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute when he found the back of the net with a great header. Takumi Minamino doubled Liverpool’s advantage just 15 minutes later when he scored from close range before Harvey Elliott made it 3-0 to the Reds with a great individual goal in the 76th minute. Rubin Colwill got a goal back for the visitors soon after but the Merseyside outfit ended up winning the contest by a 3-1 scoreline.

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

GK: Caoimhin Kelleher – 6.5/10

The Reds keeper had one nervy moment in the game as he got booked for a late challenge. Otherwise, he was solid at the back but won’t be pleased after conceding a goal in the second half.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

The English talent’s quality from set-pieces was poor in the first half. However, he picked up a good assist for setting up Diogo Jota’s header in the 53rd minute.

CB: Ibrahima Konate – 6.5/10

Konate performed his defensive duties well but will be disappointed after allowing a goal in the second half.

CB: Virgil Van Dijk – 7/10

Van Dijk dealt with mostly everything that came his way and his ball distribution was excellent as usual.

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Liverpool’s Japanese midfielder Takumi Minamino (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on February 6, 2022. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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LB: Konstantinos Tsimikas – 7/10

He made some encouraging runs with the ball and was always willing to whip in a cross into the danger area.

CM: Naby Keita – 6.5/10

Keita tried to make things happen with his passing but lacked the cutting edge up top.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 7/10

The Liverpool captain anchored the midfield well and kept possession moving with conviction during his time on the field.

CM: Curtis Jones – 6/10

He showed great desire to get on the ball but was a bit selfish in front of the opponent’s goal.

RW: Takumi Minamino – 7.5/10

The Japan international linked up play well with others around him and got his name on the scoresheet with a good finish from close range.

ST: Roberto Firmino – 7/10

Firmino was brilliant when interchanging possession with his teammates but there was no goal for him today.

LW: Diogo Jota – 8/10

The Portuguese striker produced a moment of magic and tested the opposition keeper with a powerful strike early in the game. He kept pushing and finally found the back of the net with a well-executed header in the 53rd minute.

Substitutes:

LW: Luis Diaz – 7/10

He was full of energy down the left flank and has got an assist to show for his efforts after setting up Minamino’s goal.

CM: Harvey Elliott – 7.5/10

The talented youngster marked his comeback from injury by scoring a great individual goal.

CM: James Milner – 6/10

He added some bite and steel to Liverpool’s midfield.

LB: Andrew Robertson – 7/10

Robertson secured an assist for creating Elliott’s goal.

CM: Thiago Alcantara – 6/10

He gave away the ball cheaply which led to Cardiff’s goal.

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