Liverpool suffered another setback in their pursuit of a top-four finish as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea after another uninspired display.
But what did journalists and statisticians make of Liverpool’s 1-0 loss in London?
After his excellent showing against Roma in the Champions League, Mane (6.7) was again the star for the Reds on Sunday, with the Senegalese providing the main threat from the left flank.
Mane was the only player not rated as a five-out-of-10 or lower by any publication, with ESPN’s Dave Usher describing him as “the only Liverpool attacker to make any real impact on the game.”
Salah’s (5.0) struggle is reflected in his squad-low rating, while Clyne (5.3) is not far ahead after being tormented by Hazard before being replaced by Henderson on the hour.
The duo were the only players to be given four-out-of-10s by any publication, with This is Anfield’s Chris Williams criticising Clyne for being “way short of the level required.”
Salah also failed to fire a single shot on target, and while he created one chance in the final third he registered the lowest passing accuracy (63.6%) of Klopp’s starting XI.
On the other hand, Clyne fared reasonably well based on the numbers, with Roberto Firmino, who was starved of the ball for the majority of the game, rated lower than the abject right-back.
Both Mane and Van Dijk impressed WhoScored, with the former hitting more shots on target (three) than any other Liverpool player, as well as creating the joint-most chances (two).
It is unfortunate that in Salah’s malaise the No. 19 was unable to make the telling impact and salvage the point that would have likely secure a top-four berth.
But by the same token it is encouraging that with one winger failing to fire, Klopp can turn to Mane to helm his attacking charge.