Player Ratings: Manchester City 5–0 Liverpool

Player Ratings

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – 6

Although conceded 5 goals, was hard to pinpoint ultimate blame when he was left so exposed.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 4

The teenager’s strengths are attacking and technique but his defensive frailty was apparent and exploited.

Joel Matip – 4

Failed to take part in the match – absent as De Bruyne played in Aguero for the opener and was not close enough to Jesus for the second.

Ragnar Klavan – 4

Replaced Lovren for this match and possibly Klopp missed a trick by not using a mannequin instead of him.

Alberto Moreno – 5

Like Trent, main strengths are attacking and so City’s all-star strikers were buoyed by his invisibility in defensive situations.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 4

Allowed City’s midfield too much time and space and never had any meaningful possession.

Jordan Henderson – 5

Liverpool’s captain exerted little grip on proceedings and gave away possession for City’s opener.

Emre Can – 4

Never got into the game and his most memorable moment was a poorly executed free-kick on the edge of the City penalty area.

Mohamed Salah – 6

Playing between Mendy and Otamendi, every one-on-one promised a goal, only for Salah’s decision-making to let him down. Guardiola did perceive him as a threat and thus switched Otamendi from left- to right-side of defence at half-time.

Roberto Firmino – 5

Did not have many chances but did escape from Danilo only to shoot when a pass could have brought a goal when the scores were still level.

Sadio Mane – 5

Had looked lively before being sent off by referee Moss for serious foul play.

Manchester City

Ederson – 7

The young Brazilian’s game ended with Mane’s challenge but did manage to take a seat on the bench to see his side complete the rout in which he had impressed whilst playing.

Danilo – 5

Looked quite nervy and unconvincing playing at centre-back during the first-half.

John Stones – 5

Was tested by Liverpool’s early attacks and never really exhibit his passing abilities.

Nicolas Otamendi – 3

Could not cope with Salah and was lucky not to concede a penalty and brake Mane’s ribs in the first-half.

Kyle Walker – 7

Enjoyed running head-first at Moreno and his physicality enabled him to cover the whole of the left side.

Fernandinho – 5

City’s only specialist central midfielder directed the game and played a wonderful pass to set up the third goal.

Kevin De Bruyne – 8

Head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch – was gifted time and space by Liverpool’s defence and midfield and used them delightfully by creating throughout.

David Silva – 7

A vital cog in City’s attack – conducting the passing that enabled City to exploit the gaps in Liverpool’s defence

Benjamin Mendy – 6

Was strong when attacking against Alexander-Arnold and benefited from the free space left by Mane but did not help his defensive partner, Otamendi, when Salah was attacking frequently early-on.

Gabriel Jesus – 8

Scored twice and had another disallowed but perhaps more importantly showed that he was capable of playing as a duo with Aguero.

Sergio Aguero – 7

Opened the scoring with a well-timed run and calm finish around Mignolet and also set up Jesus for City’s third.

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Oliver Miller
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