Liverpool are over the half-way point of their pre-season campaign now and at half-time of their fifth game, Liverpool are being held at a 0-0 stalemate, here’s how we rated the Liverpool team in that first half.
(*) rating at half-time
Loris Karius (6)/10 – Yet again parrying the ball out to the opposing striker at every opportunity. His head is elsewhere and the question should be asked whether that is really his fault?
Caomihin Kelleher 6.5 – Makes a great save early on in the second half, Leroy Sane couldn’t get it past the Liverpool youngster. Couldn’t do anything about Sane’s goal, though, insane finish.
Nathaniel Clyne (6) 6 – Got forward more than Robbo, looked okay in the final third but still the final ball lacking. Tried to connect with Lallana but the pitch causing problems in the way the ball moves.
Virgil van Dijk (6.5) 6 – The first player to get his head into the game, trying to calm the defence into a routine and he did that well. Nothing else worth mentioning. Sane gets the better of him for the first City goal, with VVD not anywhere near matching his pace.
Nathan Williams 6 – Nothing really to report here, Nat Williams had a quiet outing. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Joe Gomez (5.5) – A bit iffy at centre-half, after being played as a full-back against Dortmund. Positioning not quite right and seemingly still a very raw talent. Had a tough time against Nmecha, who has been one of the better players on the pitch.
Ragnar Klavan 6 – City found some space in behind Klavan, due to Leroy Sane’s blistering pace and Klavan’s tendency to run like treacle.
Andy Robertson (6) 6 – Andy Robbo runs and runs and runs and never stops, even in pre-season games he’s up and down that left-hand side non-stop. Did a good job at keeping the City wingers quiet on his side.
James Milner (6) 6.5 – He’s James Milner and what more do you want me to say?
Pedro Chirivella 5.5 – There are always instances of players sticking around at clubs just to make up the numbers, enter Pedro Chirivella.
Alberto Moreno 6 – Decent going forward as always but the same problems persist for the Spaniard.
Marko Grujic 6 – First pre-season action from Grujic here, too. Overshadowed by the returns of Mane and Salah but a really positive effort from the Serbian in the centre after replacing Milner.
Fabinho (6.5) 6.5 – An absolute class act in the number ‘6’ role, getting stuck in and keeping his cool so well on the ball. Starting to adjust to what Klopp wants of him and he’s getting all the better for it. Slowed down a bit in the second half, or he looked as if he did, City brought on fresh legs and Fab looked not prepared for it.
Gini Wijnaldum (5.5) – First appearance of pre-season for the Dutchman and that was clear here, a bit off the boil but showing promise as always.
Ben Woodburn 5 – Didn’t really offer anything. Forgot he was on the pitch.
Curtis Jones (7) 7 – This lad has something special about him, he is charismatic on the ball and the way he controls his body and the ball together is simply sublime. Hopefully he can fully break into the first team in the next few seasons because this lad is truly special. Youth team or not, showing up against the record breaking Premier League champions is no small feat. Should have had a penalty too.
Mo Salah 10 – Scores with his second touch. Honestly don’t know what took him so long.
Daniel Sturridge (6) – As lively as Sturridge has been so far in pre-season, can’t help but think the atrocious state of the pitch hindering him here. Had everyone’s heart in their mouths for a few seconds after requiring tape. Yes, tape.
Rafa Camacho 6.5 – Plays a beauty of a ball for Salah’s goal and looked like one of the sharper youth talents in the squad. Building on an already impressive pre-season.
Dominic Solanke 6 – Has a goal disallowed seconds before City open the scoring. Could run the lines a bit better, seemingly refuses to peel off his man. Wins a pen well, despite City’s complaints.
Adam Lallana (6) – Had some neat touches early on but largely quiet from Adam Lallana in the first half, tries to toe-poke one in but it’s never happening.
Sadio Mane 8 – Within the first two minutes of being on the pitch Mane had the City defence scrambling, requiring a goal-line clearance. The combination of him in the number 10 jersey and Mo Salah is frightening. Wins the game in the last seconds putting his pen away. God I love beating City. Thank you, Sadio.
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