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Salah Gets 7, Milner With 5 | Liverpool Players Rated In Poor Loss Vs Manchester United

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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.

Liverpool clashed heads with Manchester United at Anfield earlier tonight as they looked to earn their first win of this Premier League campaign. The Reds made a poor start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the 16th minute when Jadon Sancho found the back of the net with a good finish. The Merseyside club struggled to settle into the game and went into the half-time break 1-0 down on the scoreline.

Jurgen Klopp’s men controlled the game more early in the second half but conceded their second goal in the 53rd minute when Marcus Rashford scored with a clinical finish. Mohamed Salah got a goal back for Liverpool but it was too little too late as the Reds crashed to a poor 2-1 loss on the road.

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

GK: Alisson Becker – 6/10

The Brazilian keeper had a lot of nervy moments at the back and failed to save either of Man United’s goals. It was a night to forget for him.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5/10

The English full-back got caught out defensively a handful of times and failed to deliver a decisive pass in the final third.

CB: Joe Gomez – 5/10

Gomez looked shaky and unsettled at the back. He struggled to cope with Man United’s counter-attacks.

CB: Virgil Van Dijk – 5/10

The Dutch defender was too passive in the lead-up to Sancho’s goal. He failed to sense the danger quickly in the second half as well.

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LB: Andrew Robertson – 6/10

Robertson struggled to stretch the pitch and was always back-peddling when defending inside his half. He was a bit better in the second half.

CM: Harvey Elliott – 6.5/10

Elliott linked up play well with others around him and won a good header in the lead-up to Salah’s goal.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 5/10

The Liverpool captain failed to gain control of the midfield battle and gave away the ball cheaply which led to Rashford’s goal.

CM: James Milner – 5/10

Milner had a horror first half as he was second-best to most challenges which was unlike him. He got sold by Sancho’s trickery in the lead-up to the opener.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 7/10

Salah was always a threat down the right flank and popped up with a consolation goal in the 81st minute.

ST: Roberto Firmino – 5/10

The Brazilian forward hardly got a sniff at goal and was quiet for most of the game.

LW: Luis Diaz – 6.5/10

He was always willing to get on the ball but never looked like he would score tonight.

Substitutes:

CM: Fabinho – 6/10

He brought some control to Liverpool’s midfield.

CM: Fabio Carvalho – 7/10

Carvalho made an instant impact off the bench and had a few close sights at goal.

LB: Kostas Tsimikas – N/A

He didn’t get enough minutes to warrant a rating.

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