Though they didn’t make it easy for themselves, conceding three goals in disappointing fashion, this served as an excellent start to the season for Jurgen Klopp‘s side.
It was a largely positive performance all round, but with supporters providing their ratings at full-time, it was clear that two players stood out.
Both Coutinho and Mane received an average rating of 8.9, for their efforts both in front of goal and combining with their attacking colleagues.
Mane was making his debut for the Reds, after joining from Southampton earlier in the summer in a deal worth £30 million, and it was another debutant, Ragnar Klavan, who was named Liverpool’s third-best performer, with a rating of 7.3.
Despite the excellent nature of their attacking game, however, many of Klopp’s players were handed lowly ratings.
Of the German’s starting lineup, Lallana (6.7), Georginio Wijnaldum (6.4), Nathaniel Clyne (6.4), Jordan Henderson (6.3), Roberto Firmino (6.3) and Simon Mignolet (6.1) all received ratings lower than a seven.
Speaking after the game, Klopp admitted that his side “were far away from showing [their] whole quality,” and it was clear that there is still work to do before they are the finished product.
The German even stressed that Mane was “good, but he can do better.”
On the basis of this debut, where the Senegalese matched up to Liverpool’s attacking inspiration, Coutinho, this can only be a positive—with much more to come.