Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal: Player Ratings

13.01.2016


Liverpool drew 3-3 with Arsenal in a thriller at Anfield on Wednesday evening, and here we assess how each Reds player performed on the night.

Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal

Premier League – Anfield – Wednesday 13th January 2016

Goals: Firmino 10′, 19′, Allen 89′; Ramsey 14′, Giroud 25′, 55′

Simon Mignolet (out of 10) – 5

With a new five-and-a-half year deal all but done and dusted, all eyes were on Mignolet to see how he performed. He flopped completely.

The Belgian should have done better to keep out Aaron Ramsey’s goal at his near post, and he also failed to cover himself in glory for Olivier Giroud’s effort soon after.

A nervous presence from start to finish.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7.5

The 24-year-old enjoyed a good day at the office, and got through an admirable amount of work.

Defensively he was as solid as ever on the whole – he kept the dangerous Theo Walcott quiet – and his attacking thrust was better than of late, particularly in the first half.

Kolo Toure – 6.5

All in all, this was a decent performance from Toure, who did well filling in in the absence of Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren.

His reading of the game was good, although he may feel he was turned too easily by Giroud for the Frenchman’s second-half strike. A strong second half, barring that.


Mamadou Sakho – 6

Sakho is still searching for top form, and he looked the weaker of the two centre-backs against the Gunners.

He was beaten in the air in the lead-up to Ramsey’s goal, and his use of the ball was far worse than normal. Only just back from injury, in fairness, and still plenty of good from him.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's Joe Allen celebrates scoring the third equalising goal against Arsenal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alberto Moreno – 6.5

Like many Liverpool players on the night, Moreno probably got worse as the game progressed.

His energy down the left was a constant outlet, but his finishing did leave plenty to be desired on a number of occasions. An infectious, spirited performance, but defensively found out at times.

Emre Can – 6.5

For the first 45 minutes, the young German was a colossus in the middle of the park. His pace, power and creativity were a joy to watch, and he bossed the midfield battle.

As the game wore on he grew increasingly tired and erratic, however, and he was guilty of losing the ball in key areas. Should be pleased with his overall impact.

Jordan Henderson – 7.5

A real captain’s performance from the 25-year-old, who was a crucial presence from start to finish.

His quality on the ball has improved hugely over the years, and his decision-making and leadership were superb against one of the best sides in the country. So underrated by rival supporters.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson in action against Arsenal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner – 6

Nights like these are often when Milner flourishes, and he did well in general.

The 30-year-old did the unnoticed things impressively, and while he occasionally lacked guile in attack, his effort levels were commendable. Committed himself a little needlessly in the build-up to Giroud’s second goal.


Jordon Ibe – 5.5

There was plenty of good and bad from the English youngster, but considering he was up against one of the best left-backs around in Nacho Monreal, he did fine.

Ibe’s first half was full of powerful running and improved end product, but after the break, he was very poor at times. Monreal had him in his pocket the more the match went on.

Adam Lallana – 7

Lallana has been a frustrating presence in the side this season, but there was far more substance to his game on Wednesday evening.

The ex-Southampton man provided nice touches, clever movement and a great work ethic, and while there were still better players, he should feel pleased with his evening’s work.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's celebrates scoring the second goal against Arsenal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino – 8 (Man of the Match)

Was this the night Firmino came of age as a Liverpool player?

The Brazilian was outstanding, scoring twice, but it was his overall class in possession and effortless style that made him a joy to watch. His passing became a little sloppy, but that is being extra harsh.

 

Substitutes

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's new signing Steven Caulker after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Christian Benteke (on for Milner, 66′) – 6.5

The under-fire striker was a handful when he came on, and played his part in Joe Allen‘s dramatic late equaliser.

Joe Allen (on for Can, 82′) – 7

A wonderful moment for one of the most harshly criticised Reds players of recent years, as Allen’s well-taken volley salvaged a point for his side. Looked good in general.

Steven Caulker – n/a (on for Lallana, 88′)

The centre-back was thrown up front for his debut, and helped add to the late mayhem.


 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's new signing manager Jürgen Klopp and Kolo Toure after the 2-2 draw with Arsenal the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp – 7.5

Another good night for Klopp, who did very little wrong in terms of team selection and tactics.

Individual errors let him down once more, but his decision to play without a recognised striker worked, and he made substitutions at the right time.

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  1. Migs was not convincing, but the 1st goal; better keepers would not have saved, the 2nd goal; his reaction time isnt brilliant, but we had two defenders at least who should of cleared it and no one on the front post, and i dont see klopp or the 2 defenders taking much blame? So his performance was not good, but neither was it the horror show it is being made out to be. Lallana was fairly good, if he could just score goals he would be exceptional, don’t see how you can not see that

  2. I do not understand the need to constantly beat up on Simon Mignolet. In the critique of Sahko the author says, “Only just back from injury, in fairness, and still plenty of good from him.” Yet Mignolet is just back from injury also, and doesn’t get the same consideration. He didn’t play well yesterday, but in the games he played before getting injured, he was excellent, arguably MOTM in the first leg of the semi against Stoke. Give him a break. YNWA.

  3. i wonder if some of the people writing in are true reds or are they a shade of blue and maybe manchester red

  4. It seems backs have figured out that Ibe’s main move is to just dribble straight at them with a few stepovers, and are now just stepping into him in the middle of it in response. Nacho was having none of his nonsense yesterday.

    I hate to sound this harsh, but at this point I think we’ve got enough of a sample size from to say we’ve seen all we’re going to from Mignolet. He has his moments of brilliance – basically all reflexes really – but defensive alignment, fast decisions, and knowing what to react to or not are just woeful at times. I know he’s recently injured and all, but there’s nothing physically wrong with his play – it’s all in the head (or not in there, as it were) it seems.

  5. Can’t understand mings getting 5 year deal. Defo should sign butland. Letting so many goals in. Been like this for years now

    • Ward has to be given a chance as 1st choice before a new keeper is signed, otherwise why recall him? It would just slow his learning

  6. Isn’t it strange that a player who ‘flopped completely and was a nervous presence from start to finish’ (Migs) still managed to get 5/10.

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