Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham – Player Ratings: What the media and statistics say

1 April 2019


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Liverpool edged out Tottenham in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, with some individuals catching the eye and others struggling at Anfield.


The Reds won 2-1 to return to the top of the Premier League, as this incredible title race continues to amaze.

Roberto Firmino headed home Andy Robertson‘s inch-perfect cross to open the scoring in the first half, but Spurs were the better team after the break.

Lucas Moura deservedly equalised with 20 minutes remaining, but having survived a few more scares, Liverpool won thanks to Toby Alderweireld’s last-gasp own goal.

The victory takes Jurgen Klopp‘s side two points ahead of Man City, although the champions face an easy game in hand at home to Cardiff on Wednesday.

Here we compare our player ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror, the Independent, Sky Sports, Anfield Index, FotMob and the This Is Anfield readers.

As has so often been the case this season, it was Virgil van Dijk (8.2) who shone brightest for the Reds, gaining the highest average rating.

This is Anfield’s Henry Jackson selected him as Man of the Match and hailed his crucial defending late on, when Moussa Sissoko fired over, as “a moment that saved the game for the Reds.”

Meanwhile, the Liverpool Echo‘s Ian Doyle felt the Dutchman gave Harry Kane “absolutely nothing” all afternoon, on a day when he again showed why he is regarded as arguably Europe’s premier centre-back.

Robertson (7.9) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.1) were two others who excelled, with much of Liverpool’s attacking play directly through the full-backs.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 31, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) and Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sky Sports’ Gerard Brand pointed out that Alexander-Arnold played a “huge part” in the lead-up to Alderweireld’s own goal, keeping his cool to loop a dangerous cross towards Mohamed Salah at the back post.

The Mirror‘s Andy Dunn hailed Robertson’s “first-class delivery” for Firmino’s goal, with Anfield Index noting that it took the Scot further clear of Alexander-Arnold in their assist competition.

It was a poor afternoon for Jordan Henderson (5.4), however, who was surprisingly selected in place of Fabinho in the No. 6 role.

Jackson highlighted that “two wayward passes put Liverpool into trouble,” while Brand noted that his passing accuracy was the lowest of Liverpool’s trio of midfielders.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 31, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alisson (5.6) was also uncharacteristically sloppy, with several nervy moments spreading panic around the stadium.

Doyle thought the Reds’ No. 1 “rarely looked composed” and the only save he made was an unconvincing one that saw the ball parried into the path of Christian Eriksen.

There is no midweek action for Liverpool, whose next game in this fascinating title race is at struggling Southampton on Friday night.

It is set to be another examination of Klopp’s men’s credentials, with the Saints desperate for points of their own.

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