Player Analysis – Liverpool 0–0 West Brom

Player Analysis Liverpool

Liverpool

Loris Karius – 7

Made a few important saves at the beginning of the second-half when West Brom came at Liverpool more – overall distribution was good even though it wasn’t that pacey.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6

Produced one or two good crosses towards Salah but nothing came from them – faded in the second-half, with his touches becoming sloppy, was taken off for Gomez.

Ragnar Klavan – 7

Aided his defensive partner well in dealing with Rondon and he made a number of important interventions and tackles.

Dejan Lovren – 6

One of the few contested battles on the pitch was the one between Lovren and Rondon, which the Liverpool defender won on the whole – also set up a few good attacking opportunities.

Andrew Robertson – 5

Didn’t quite click with Coutinho on the left-side – never really offered the width that could have stretched the West Brom defence.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5

Was reluctant to shoot on a number of occasions instead opting to play another pass that often brought the attack to an end – didn’t move with the fluidity that he normally does in central midfield.

Emre Can – 5

Was clunky and careless in midfield, often giving away the ball along with needless fouls.

Philippe Coutinho – 6

Tried but it never came off – possibly to much of a creative burden on his shoulders, the congested final third offered him little room to operate.

Mohamed Salah – 5

For once what Salah touched didn’t turn to gold – his touch often let him down leading to him being dispossessed six times in total.

Sadio Mane – 4

A well below-par performance in which he appeared rusty and lacking in confidence – has already had a few sub-optimal displays this season but this one was the poorest.

Roberto Firmino – 5

Missed the best chance of the match when he skewed his left-footed shot across the face of the goal – his control and composure when it really counted in the final third lacked quality.

West Brom

Ben Foster 7

Had to make a few vital saves to keep his side level – flapped at a couple of crosses and it was his time-wasting that meant we only got what felt like an hour of football.

Allan Nyom – 7

Produced a solid and determined effort – rarely let the Liverpool attackers beat him.

Ahmed Hegazi – 8

Was vitally important in the air, heading away numerous dangerous deliveries – also cleared one off the line late on.

Jonny Evans – 7

Led the West Brom backline and was calm and composed in possession – didn’t let the big names of Liverpool get the better of him.

Kieran Gibbs – 6

Remained inside a 5-metre square for much of the match – never attacked nor moved into the centre, just cleared away what he had to.

Jake Livermore – 6

His strength was important in the midfield area – made some important blocks but was wasteful in possession at times.

Claudio Yacob – 7

Had West Brom’s best chances, a header over the bar in the first-half and forced Karius into a save in the second.

Grzegorz Krychowiak – 6

Never allowed Liverpool too much time on the ball and battled hard – almost caught Karius out with an inswinging free-kick.

Hal Robson-Kanu – 6

Hit a shot against the crossbar in the first-half but apart from that never really tested the Liverpool defence – he was deployed more as the first line of defence rather than attack.

James McClean – 6

Was quite quiet on the left-side and offered very little in terms of attack – just played his role in the defensive 5-4-1 formation.

Salomon Rondon – 7

Was often cut adrift from the rest of his team due to the deep defending but when he did receive the ball he controlled and held it up well.

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Oliver Miller
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