Another Defeat? The Best And Worst Rated Liverpool Players In Their 1-2 Loss To AS Roma

Liverpool’s problems with inconsistency will continue to haunt them as it would seem, despite Jurgen Klopp’s management of the Reds strengthening their squad in a huge way and bringing about a change. Since the German manager arrived at Anfield, things have looked much better at the Merseyside club and there has surely been a rise in the level of their performances. The former Borussia Dortmund main-man would have expected a solid performance from his side against Serie A giants AS Roma, though it was not meant to be the case.

The Romans took the lead in the 29th minute from a well finished Edin Dzeko goal, as the Bosnia international left his mark on the match. However, the lead only lasted till the end of the half, as Sheyi Ojo managed to make it 1-1 in stoppage time.

Further, it was Mohamed Salah who gave his team the lead once again in the second period, as he finished off a chance that came to him in the 62nd minute. Though the Premier League giants once again tried to equalize after that, they failed to do so and it ended in a win for the Italian outfit.

Player Ratings:

Alex Manninger: 3/5

Looked good at goal with a good save from an El Shaarawy effort at the start of the match. Impressive on his debut, though could have done a bit better to prevent the Dzeko goal.

Nathaniel Clyne: 3.5/5

His movement and play alongside Mane looked really good at times and defended decently as well curbing the space for Dzeko in the match.

Ragnar Klavan: 2.5/5

A tough match for Klavan, as he had to rush back-to-front quite often and could not mark his man, as he looked weak on the turn.

Dejan Lovren: 2.5/5

Not his best game and could have done much better in keeping Dzeko quiet for the opening goal of the game.

James Milner: 3/5

Played once again by Klopp as a left-back and did his best once again. Taken off at the break.

Emre Can: 3/5

Played his first match since the Euros and did not look at his very best. Had some good battles with Strootman though which were worth watching.

Gini Wijnaldum: 3/5

Played in a deeper role in midfield once again, though he prefers the freedom to push forward on a regular basis.

Sadio Mane: 3/5

Made a few good moves in the game and his play with Sturridge and Ojo was noticeable. Not his very best game, though can only improve in the upcoming days.

Roberto Firmino: 3/5

No major impact on the game as he looked to push forward with the ball. There was no final end product.

Sheyi Ojo: 3.5/5

Though he saw yellow in the first half, he kept going and scored the equalizer for the Reds in a rather impressive outing.

Daniel Sturridge: 3.5/5

Looked much better than in the game against Milan and was the spearhead of the Liverpool attack. Could have done much better with the chances that he got.

Substitutes:

Simon Mignolet: 2.5/5

Saved the Dzeko shot and should have kept Salah out as well. Still lacks the confidence to be a top keeper, though he did make a decent stop from Ricci’s attempt.

Alberto Moreno: 3/5

Did not look involved in a rather eventful game and was taken off with a knee injury prior to the end of the match.

Kevin Stewart: 3.5/5

Played at the center of Klopp’s defence once again and had some good moments at the back.

Andre Wisdom: 2.5/5

At fault for the winner scored by Salah and could have done much better to prevent it.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 3/5

Looked solid at right-back and it seems that the youngster could have a bright future for the Kop side.

Philippe Coutinho: 3/5

Could have prevented the Salah goal if he had done his defensive duty and prevented the cross from going in. Has the skill to impress and showcased his magic at times.

Jordan Henderson: 2.5/5

Not much of an impact and still looks to be getting settled in after the Euro 2016 horror.

Lazar Markovic: 3/5

Looked decent in the game.

Adam Lallana: 3/5

Added some much needed game time to his name as he is still trying to settle down after the Euros.

Danny Ings: 3/5

Put in a good shift in the match, though the service that he got was awful. When he did have the chance to make an impact, forced the opposition keeper into a good save.

Cameron Brannagan: 3/5

Came on for Wijnaldum, 20 minutes from full time and could not make a real impact.

Connor Randall N/A

Replaced Moreno towards the end of the match.

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Written by Nitish Bhan

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