PLAYERS RATINGS: Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

An amazing match for Liverpool FC, and an awful match for Arsenal FC. Liverpool were able to score four times in the first half against Arsenal, something that no team was able to do to Arsenal since more than four years.

Arsenal opened the score at the beginning by Ainsley Maitland-Niles, but just a couple of minutes after then, Roberto Firmino scored twice to give Liverpool the lead, then Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored to let Liverpool finish the first half with 4-1.

In the second half, Arsenal tried to score and were attacking, but they couldn’t break through Liverpool’s defense, and conceded a goal through a controversial penalty.

 

 

Arsenal players ratings

Brend Leno:  Couldn’t do much in goals the conceded. Made some crucial saves. 6/10

Shkodran Mustafi: A poor match, wasn’t intercepting well and was able to do better in both goals. Left during halftime. 3/10

Sokratis: A poor match as well, suffered from Liverpool’s pace, and was able to do better in Firmino’s second goal, and Mane’s goal. 4/10

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Scored the opening goal and was good in the crosses, but couldn’t do much. 6.5/10

Sead Kolasinac: Was going to give Salah a penalty in his interception. Gave a penalty as well. 5/10

Stephan Lichtsteiner: A very poor matched from an experienced defender, and who played for Juve before. His poor clearance led to Firmino’s first goal. 4/10

Granit Xhaka: Didn’t do anything today, except some good long balls. 5/10

Lucas Torreira: Was at fault for the first goal, by missing the ball, and the second goal was well. A very poor match, we didn’t see him today. 5/10

Aaron Ramsey:  Was fighting and gave a dangerous pass to Auba, but not enough. 6/10

Alex Iwobi: Made an assist and was close to scoring. After then, he didn’t do so well. 6/10

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Was he even playing today? did nothing, except missing an open net chance, that was offside, arguably. 4/10

Subs

Laurent Koscielny: Was okay. Not sure why he played instead of Mustafi in the second half. 5/10

Alexander Lacazette: Couldn’t do much in 20 minutes. 5/10

Matteo Guendouzi: Came to give an extra layer of defense, not to concede again. 5/10

Unai Emery: Regardless of the defensive crises and injuries, the formation and playing style and plan isn’t for a team like Liverpool. No comment. 3/10

 

Liverpoo’s players ratings:

Alisson Becker: Made several saves. Can’t be blamed for the goal. 7/10

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Was good, helped in the attack. 7/10

Dejan Lovren: Had a good match. Didn’t let Arsenal have any real chances and won a penalty. 7.5/10

Virgil van Dijk: Deserved captaincy. Was a leader and didn’t allow Auba to move freely. 8/10

Andrew Robertson: A good match, but got booked. 7/10

Georginio Wijnaldum: A quality match. Was connecting the midfield and balancing the attack and defense. 7.5/10

Fabinho: Wasn’t that good, but an okay match technically, but was present more physically. 6.5/10

Xherdan Shaqiri:  Had a good match, wasn’t getting very close to the net but was always opening spaces and making Arsenal’s defense and midfield busy. 7/10

Sadio Mane: Started the match in a nervous way and was close to getting expelled, but then scored a crucial and wonderful goal. 8/10

Roberto Firmino: He is back at his best, the second goal says it all. 9/10

Mohamed Salah: Didn’t score today, but provided an assist and was behind the first goal. 8/10

Subs

Jordan Henderson: Came to enhance the midfield. 5/10
Adam Lallana: As well, came to enhance the midfielder and support the defense against Arsenal’s attempt to score. 5/10
Nathaniel Clyne: Came to secure the score. 5/10
Jurgen Klopp (manager):  Didn’t give Arsenal a break, but kept on attacking and playing against their weakness, the defense, and with Mane and Salah’s pace. An ideal match and what a way to end 2018. 8/10
Man of the match: Firmino deserves it, scored a hat-trick against a Premier League giant and he is back to his top form today.

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