Player Ratings: Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool

Player Ratings

Spartak Moscow

Artem Rebrov8

Spartak’s best player on the night was kept busy throughout – made some very important saves, especially in the early stages – but was forced off with an injury on the hour mark

Andrei Eschenko – 6

Was tormented by the attacking talent of Coutinho and struggled to deal with the overlap of Moreno

Serdar Tasci – 6

At the heart of the Spartak defence, he led the backline well and ensured that his side hung on for the point

Ilya Kutepov – 6

Wasn’t afraid to stick his foot in and made some crucial interceptions

Salvatore Bocchetti – 6

Spartak’s most impressive defender – limited the space available for Firmino and Salah to operate

Georgi Dzhikiya – 5

Struggled against Alexander-Arnold who often got past him and produced some good crosses

Fernando – 7

Scored Spartak’s opener with a well-taken free-kick and played an important role in the defensive midfield

Mario Pasalic – 6

The Chelsea loanee sat in front of his defence for most of the match – very rarely going beyond the halfway line

Aleksandr Samedov – 6

Was virtually alongside his right-back for most of the game to aid him defensively – he did occasionally venture further up the pitch but failed to create anything of note

Ivelin Popov – 6

Was involved in most of Spartak’s attacks that mainly happened in the first-half, but was one of many who was suffering from cramp at the final whistle

Luiz Adriano – 5

Was left isolated for much of the match but, when the ball did find its way to him, he showed good close control

Liverpool

Loris Karius – 6

Should have done better with Fernando’s free-kick but, apart from a few crosses, was rarely called upon

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

A night of enjoyable attacking for the youngster – asked to do very little defensively, he impressed with his bursts forward on the right-hand side and linked up well with Salah

Joel Matip – 6

Not really tested as Spartak were set up to defend thus was able to bring the ball out of defence at times.

Dejan Lovren – 7

Was hardly troubled in defence but did produce some vital interceptions and was a threat at set-pieces

Alberto Moreno – 6

Attacked well on the left-hand side but some of his final balls were wayward

Emre Can – 5

An early yellow card forced him to rein in his tackling and it was his mistake that gifted Spartak possession that led to the free-kick

Jordan Henderson – 7

Had a good game at the heart of the Liverpool team – played some lovely crosses and through-balls; one paving the way for the equaliser and another that should have been finished off by substitute Sturridge

Philippe Coutinho – 7

Committed the foul for Fernando’s goalscoring free-kick but made up for it less than 10 minutes later by scoring Liverpool’s equaliser

Mohamed Salah – 6

A constant threat playing on the shoulder of the Spartak defence – had numerous shots and should have won the match with a late header

Roberto Firmino – 4

Another anonymous performance but did manage one snatched shot in the latter stages.

Sadio Mane – 6

Wasn’t afforded a lot of time and space by the Spartak defence to demonstrate his quality and speed but was involved in a four-on-two counterattack that should have ended with Liverpool’s second goal.

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Oliver Miller
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