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

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Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa was their most dramatic yet this season, with Trent Alexander-Arnold magnificent at Villa Park.

For so long on Saturday, it looked as though the Reds’ Premier League title hopes would take a severe blow.

Trezeguet’s first-half opener appeared to have given Villa a shock win, but this Liverpool team are made of unbelievable steel.

Andy Robertson headed home an equaliser with three minutes remaining, before Sadio Mane‘s last-gasp effort earned Jurgen Klopp‘s side all three points.

The magnitude of the victory cannot be downplayed, particularly after Man City overturned a deficit of their own at home to Southampton, also winning 2-1.

Here we compare our player ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror, Sky Sports, The Redmen TV, FotMob and the TIA readers.

Alexander-Arnold (7.8) was excellent for Liverpool, deservedly earning the joint-highest average rating for his efforts.

The youngster’s vision and technique were world class, on an afternoon when he outlined why he is such a special player.

The Echo‘s Ian Doyle felt Alexander-Arnold was “easily Liverpool’s best player” before half-time, as numerous individuals around him struggled.

Meanwhile, Mark Jones of the Mirror rightly claimed that the right-back “never gives up and is always an outlet for his team.”

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 2, 2019, See PA story SOCCER Villa. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Match-winner Mane (7.8) was rated the same as Alexander-Arnold, although it wasn’t the case until late in the day.

Having struggled badly, the Senegalese popped up with the assist for Robertson and steered home a ruthless stoppage-time header to send the away end into raptures.

The Redmen TV hailed Liverpool’s No. 10 as “unbelievable,” also correctly stating that “he made all our weekends by scoring in the dying seconds.”

Liverpool’s equalising hero Robertson (7.6) was third in the reckoning, as he again showed why many consider him to be the world’s best left-back.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 2, 2019: Liverpool's Andy Robertson celebrates scoring the first equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Liverpool FC at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is Anfield’s Henry Jackson thought his well-taken header showed his “tenacious winning mentality” and FotMob highlighted that he shone defensively, making five ball recoveries and four clearances.

Taking home the wooden spoon was Gini Wijnaldum (5.2), who was well below-par, producing one of his curiously invisible showings.

Jackson was of the opinion that the Dutchman was “painfully safe on the ball” and Doyle said he was “rightly subbed” in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Next up for Liverpool is the visit of Genk in the Champions League on Tuesday night, before City head to Anfield next Sunday.

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