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Trent Gets 8, Van Dijk With 6 | Liverpool Players Rated In Lackluster Draw Vs Arsenal

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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 welcomed Arsenal at Anfield earlier today as they hoped to earn a good result at home in the Premier League. The Reds made a poor start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the eighth minute when Gabriel Martinelli scored with a good finish. Gabriel Jesus doubled Arsenal’s advantage in the 28th minute but Mohamed Salah got a goal back for Liverpool just 14 minutes later as the Merseyside club went into the half-time break 2-1 down on the scoreline.

Roberto Firmino came on as a substitute and equalised for Liverpool in the 87th minute. Jurgen Klopp‘s men ended up settling for a 2-2 draw at Merseyside.

Let’s take a look at how each Liverpool player fared during the contest against the Gunners.

GK: Alisson Becker – 6.5/10

The Brazilian keeper made a few decent saves at the back and will be disappointed after conceding two early goals.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8/10

The English talent did his fair share of defending and managed to engineer some promising chances for his teammates in the final third. He picked up a deserved assist for setting up Firmino’s goal.

CB: Ibrahima Konate – 7/10

Konate performed his defensive duties well but wasted a golden chance to win the game for Liverpool late in the game.

CB: Virgil Van Dijk – 6/10

The Dutch defender was too slow to react to the danger in the first half. However, he was solid at the back after the half-time interval.

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp shouts instructions to the players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 9, 2023. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

LB: Andrew Robertson – 6/10

Robertson came back to defend when needed and made one key chance from the left flank.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 7/10

The Liverpool captain led his troops well in the second half and was a positive influence in both halves.

CM: Fabinho – 6/10

He showed some signs of what he is capable of but produced an underwhelming display at the centre of the park.

CM: Curtis Jones – 6.5/10

Jones played a big role in the lead-up to Salah’s goal just before the half-time break. However, he was replaced in the 59th minute.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 6.5/10

The Egypt international was a constant menace in the Arsenal half. He scored a good goal in the 42nd minute but missed a penalty in the second half.

ST: Cody Gakpo – 7/10

Gakpo held the ball up really well in the opposition half and created some decent chances for others around him.

LW: Diogo Jota – 6.5/10

He worked hard in the Arsenal half but never looked like he would score.


CM: Thiago Alcantara – 6.5/10

The Spaniard moved the ball really well from midfield.

LW: Darwin Nunez – 6.5/10

Nunez added more pace to Klopp’s attack but wasted a great chance to find the back of the net.

ST: Roberto Firmino – 7.5/10

He came off the bench and scored a late equaliser which salvaged a point for his team.

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