Few Liverpool players deserved to escape criticism after a brittle showing led to a 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Reds arrived in Paris needing victory to effectively ensure progress to the last 16 of Europe’s top-tier tournament, but left having suffered a humbling defeat.
Goals from Juan Bernat and Neymar were enough to seal the three points for the hosts, with James Milner‘s first-half penalty serving as a mere consolation.
While Jurgen Klopp and his players focused on the unsportsmanlike conduct of the PSG players—and the ineptitude of the referee—after the game, the reality is Liverpool weren’t up to task.
But what did journalists, statisticians and fans make of the Reds’ performance at the Parc des Princes?
Unsurprisingly, Alisson (7.0) was the only player to receive an above-average rating, with the Brazilian making a series of vital saves to preserve a respectable scoreline.
Andy Robertson (6.1) and Milner (6.0) were the best of the rest, with the Liverpool Echo‘s Ian Doyle describing the latter as “the only visiting midfielder to consistently do his bit.”
Lovren (5.0), Van Dijk (5.3) and Joe Gomez (5.3) were all rated relatively moderately, with the rest of Klopp’s starting lineup faring even more miserably.
Henderson (4.5) and Wijnaldum (4.3) were deservedly rated the worst on the night, with ESPN’s Glenn Price concluding that “the fact [Wijnaldum] was the first player in red to be substituted was not at all surprising.”
And for French publication L’Equipe, Gomez, Wijnaldum and Salah were the most disappointing, with only Milner considered to have impressed.
Statistically, Milner and Mane were the standouts, but more surprising is that FotMob have deemed Henderson the third-best Liverpool player on the night.
The captain made more ball recoveries than any of Klopp’s other outfielders (eight), while completing 58 of his attempted 65 passes (89%).
Van Dijk was the worst-rated, having conceded the most fouls (three) and losing as many duels as he won (five), with the Dutchman enduring a rare off-night on the big stage.
Liverpool have little time to reflect on this frustrating performance, as Everton arrive for the Merseyside derby on Sunday, and Klopp will be eager for a response from his side at Anfield.