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Man City 4-0 Liverpool: Player Ratings – What the media and statistics say

Liverpool were lethargic in their 4-0 defeat to Man City on Thursday, with Joe Gomez and Andy Robertson the poorest performers at the Etihad.

The Reds were given a guard of honour by last season’s Premier League champions, but that was the highlight of the evening for them.

Despite a good start that saw chances created, it wasn’t long before City took control, as Kevin De Bruyne fired home from the penalty spot.

Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden added further efforts before half-time, prior to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain‘s own goal completing the victory for the hosts.

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

Fabinho (6.0) and Mohamed Salah (6.0) were joint-top in the average ratings, although their scores summed up the quality of Liverpool’s performance.

Both tried their best on a forgettable night, proving far more noticeable than the majority of their team-mates.

Ian Doyle of the Echo hailed Fabinho for a “strong tackle on De Bruyne,” as well his ability to drop into a centre-back role in the second half.

Meanwhile, Salah received praise from TIA’s Karl Matchett, saying his “excellent forward runs created early danger,” with the Egyptian testing Ederson and also hitting the post.

Next in the reckoning was captain Jordan Henderson (5.4), on a proud night for him personally, leading the troops out as champions for the first time.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, July 2, 2020: Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson (R) challenges Manchester City's Eric García during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. This was Liverpool's first game as Premier League 2019/20 Champions. (Pic by Propaganda)

Sky Sports lauded “one wonderful pass” to Sadio Mane (5.2) after the break—one that the Senegalese should have done far better with.

The Redmen TV felt the skipper deserved a “bit of credit” for continuing to work hard until late in the day, unlike some of those around him.

Robertson (3.5) suffered a dreadful night at the office, receiving the lowest rating and leading to Matchett to surmise he was “too hungover” to function.

Gomez (3.7) wasn’t much better, conceding the penalty, being turned inside out by Sterling for his goal and finding himself substituted at half-time.

There’s now a three-day break before Liverpool host relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

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