Player Analysis: Stoke 0–3 Liverpool

Player Analysis Liverpool

Stoke City

Lee Grant 6

Couldn’t be blamed for any of Liverpool’s goals – wouldn’t have been easy for any goalkeeper given the attacking talent Liverpool had on the pitch at different stages of the match.

Bruno Marins Indi – 6

Was unable to prevent the cross that brought about Liverpool’s opener – was often dragged over to the left touchline in an attempt to nullify Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gomez.

Ryan Shawcross – 6

Tried to make the game more physical but met his match in Solanke – looked slow when quick passes were being played around the area by Liverpool’s attackers.

Kurt Zouma – 6

Tough night for the Frenchman – produced some good tackles but made to look ordinary by Liverpool.

Mame Biram Diouf – 7

Was brought down by Mignolet, which should have resulted in the Liverpool goalkeeper being sent off.

Darren Fletcher – 6

Couldn’t get on the ball enough – was completely dominated by his Liverpool counterparts.

Joe Allen – 7

Marginally better than his midfield partner – tried to push Stoke further up the pitch with his passing but to limited success.

Eric Pieters – 7

Had to focus on his defending more so than his attacking with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gomez charging at him down the right-wing.

Eric Maxim Chuopo-Moting – 6

Didn’t do much of note apart from making way for Jese in the second-half.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 6

Was a threat to the Liverpool’s left-side with his trickery but was dealt well by Moreno.

Peter Crouch – 7

A threat in the air as always but didn’t have too many chances on goal.

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – 6

Should have been sent off for a clumsy foul on Diouf – other than that he dominated his area well and dealt well with Stoke’s crosses.

Joe Gomez – 7

Produced another consistent display in both defence and attack– was involved in the opening goal with a cross to Solanke who then offloaded the ball to Mane.

Joel Matip – 7

Was successful in dealing with the aerial threat of Peter Crouch and was also comfortable with stepping into midfield and starting attacks – had more touches than any other Liverpool player.

Dejan Lovren – 6

Solid display – got rid of any danger in the Liverpool penalty area with his clearances.

Alberto Moreno – 6

Not a bad performance, especially considering he was against Diouf’s pace and Shaqiri’s trickery on the left side – once again his energy never faulted.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7

Worked hard on the right side and looks to be settling into the side – was substituted after being cautioned for an altercation.

Emre Can – 6

Was included in the team for his strong physical presence and had a decent match – played the long pass forward which resulted in Salah’s second goal.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6

Was involved in a lot of Liverpool’s play and passed the ball well in midfield – had a few shots.

Sadio Mane – 8

Although at times he looked off the pace, he scored with a chip over Lee Grant and crossed to Salah for his first of the night.

Dominic Solanke – 8

His physical presence helped in this match but his overall ability was demonstrated with a neat pass that assisted Mane’s opener.

Roberto Firmino – 6

Linked up well with Solanke – worked hard as usual but was dispossessed too often.

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Oliver Miller
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