Man United 0-0 Liverpool: Player Ratings – What the media and statistics say

25 February 2019


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It was back-back 0-0 draws for Liverpool on Sunday, with few players impressing in their stalemate with rivals Man United.


Jurgen Klopp‘s men headed to Old Trafford eyeing up a three-point lead over champions Man City, but they produced one of their least inspiring performances of the season.

An injury-plagued first half saw chances few and far between—Roberto Firmino limped off for the visitors—and Liverpool were even less potent after the break.

Although there was much negativity among supporters after the final whistle, the Reds have still returned to the Premier League‘s summit with 11 matches remaining.

Here, we compare our ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror, the Guardian, Sky Sports, Anfield Index, FotMob and the This is Anfield readers:

Mohamed Salah (4.2) had a wretched day at the office, as his frustratingly unpredictable form of late continues.

He comfortably picked up the lowest average rating for Liverpool, on a day when the Reds badly needed their star man to shine.

This is Anfield’s Ben Twelves felt Salah “lacked any threat” all afternoon, while the Echo‘s Ian Doyle thought he played as if he had “lead in his boots.”

James Milner (5.1) didn’t fare much better, putting in a hugely below-par showing in a right-back role he has struggled in recently.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 24, 2019: Manchester United's Luke Shaw (L) and Liverpool's captain James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Independent claimed the veteran lacked the attacking quality of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Anfield Index’s Oliver Emmerson simply wrote that he “can’t play full-back anymore.”

Sadio Mane (5.2) was another who was well short of his best and Doyle correctly called the Senegalese “frustrating when in possession.”

On a day of few positives, Brazilian duo Alisson (7.4) and Fabinho (7.0) were two of Liverpool’s three best players, along with Virgil van Dijk (7.2).

Alisson made a vital save to deny Jesse Lingard in the first half—in true world-class fashion, he delivered on the one occasion he was called upon—in a moment that Twelves described as “unbelievable.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 24, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fabinho, meanwhile, again showed what a presence he is in the middle of the park, with the Guardian‘s Andy Hunter pointing out that he “broke up play, passed well and was strong in the tackle and in the air.”

FotMob calculated that the towering South American registered an 88 percent pass accuracy, won 11 duels and made 10 ball recoveries.

Attention now swiftly turns to Wednesday’s visit of Watford, in what now becomes a must-win game for Klopp’s side.

With City showing little sign of relenting, Liverpool may have to win every remaining fixture to secure that precious Premier League title.

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