Liverpool produced a hit-and-miss performance in a ferocious 1-1 draw at Arsenal on Saturday, with some impressing significantly more than others.
The Reds arrived at the Emirates looking to build on three consecutive victories and make their mark on one of their title rivals.
But what did journalists and statisticians make of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw?
Deservedly, Van Dijk (8.1) takes top honours, with no publication rating the colossal Dutchman under an eight out of 10, while he averaged an 8.2 with our readers.
There is a considerable gulf between him and his team-mates, too, with Robertson (6.9), Milner (7.0) and Joe Gomez (7.1) the next highest.
Mohamed Salah (6.7) isn’t much further behind, and neither is Mane (6.6), with the duo pushing consistently in the final third though their end product was often lacking.
Fabinho (4.7) fared significantly worse, however, as by far the lowest-rated Liverpool player.
ESPN’s Glenn Price attested that “the Brazilian’s adaptation to the Premier League is still going on,” adding that “he struggled to keep pace with the play.”
This was largely due to a backs-to-the-wall defensive showing from the 20-year-old up against the dangerous Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, winning five of his eight duels and making seven clearances.
Alexander-Arnold also created two chances, third only to Milner (three) and Salah (four), with Mesut Ozil (four) the only Arsenal player to find more openings.
Van Dijk was also rated highly based on his numbers, but Milner was considered the top performer—largely due to his goal, but also having won eight duels and making five ball recoveries.
Given the context of the game it is difficult to be disappointed with a point taken from the Gunners, but ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Red Star it is likely this display will inform Klopp’s selection in Belgrade.