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Kelleher Gets 7.5, Nunez With 7 | Liverpool Players Rated In Hard-Fought Loss Vs Manchester City

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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 locked horns with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to earn a win in the Carabao Cup. The Reds made a sloppy start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the tenth minute when Erling Haaland found the back of the net. However, Fabio Carvalho equalised for the Merseyside club just ten minutes later with a controlled finish as the two sides went into the half-time interval with a 1-1 scoreline.

Riyad Mahrez gave Man City their lead back in the 48th minute but it lasted for just a minute as Mohamed Salah equalised for Liverpool.

Man City pushed on and scored the winning goal in the 58th minute when Nathan Ake got his name on the scoresheet with a good header. The contest ended with the Reds suffering a hard-fought 3-2 loss at the Etihad.

Let’s take a look at how each Liverpool player fared during the match against Man City.

GK: Caoimhin Kelleher – 7/10

Kelleher made some fine saves during the game but still ended up conceding three goals tonight.

RB: James Milner – 6.5/10

He picked up an assist for setting up Carvalho’s goal but could last only 37 minutes.

CB: Joel Matip – 6/10

Matip made some crucial defensive contributions but it was not enough tonight.

CB: Joe Gomez – 6/10

He looked vulnerable at the back but was more solid when he was moved to the right-back position. Gomez created two decent chances in the final third.

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LB: Andrew Robertson – 6/10

Robertson was far from convincing when defending inside his half and lacked quality in the Man City half as well.

CM: Thiago Alcantara – 6/10

He did his best to protect the backline but offered very little in the final third.

CM: Stefan Bajcetic – 6/10

Bajcetic struggled to get into the rhythm of the game and was replaced in the 45th minute.

CM: Harvey Elliott – 6/10

He was adventurous when running with the ball but could last only 56 minutes.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 7/10

Salah struggled to be a threat from the right flank but still has a goal to show for his efforts.

ST: Darwin Nunez – 7/10

The Uruguay international made some promising runs in behind the Man City backline and did well to set up Salah’s goal. However, he failed to take any of his chances to find the back of the net.

LW: Fabio Carvalho – 7/10

Carvalho scored Liverpool’s equaliser in the first half with a decent strike.

Substitutes:

CB: Nathaniel Phillips – 7/10

He did well to keep Haaland quiet during his time on the field.

CM: Fabinho – 7/10

The Brazilian talent anchored the midfield with conviction after coming off the bench.

LW: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5/10

He managed to pick out Nunez’s run in the lead-up to Salah’s goal.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 6/10

Henderson added more energy to Liverpool’s midfield.

CM: Naby Keita – 6/10

He offered very little after coming on in the 69th minute.

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