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Man United 3-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings – What the media and statistics say

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Liverpool were beaten 3-2 by Man United in the FA Cup on Sunday, and while Rhys Williams had a game to forget, there were clear improvements from others.

Jurgen Klopp‘s men made the trip to Old Trafford for a fourth-round clash, looking to overcome an awful run of form.

While Liverpool ultimately crashed out of the competition, the Reds were improved overall, dominating for periods of the game.

Mohamed Salah and Mason Greenwood traded goals in the first half, before Marcus Rashford pounced on a mistake from Williams, putting United 2-1 up.

Salah equalised for the Reds, but just as they managed to take control of the game, Bruno Fernandes fired home a match-winning free-kick.

Here we compare our player ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Independent, BBC Sport, FotMob and the TIA readers.

Salah (7.5) earned the highest average for the first time in a while, as he showed signs of returning to his best at Old Trafford.

The Egyptian took both of his goals in typically clinical fashion, taking his tally for the season to an impressive 19 in all competitions.

TIA’s Jack Lusby felt Salah was “significantly less wasteful than in recent weeks,” as highlighted by his two deadly finishes.

Ian Doyle thought the 28-year-old “came alive” as the minutes ticked by, in his most promising display since Crystal Palace away on December 19.

Firmino (7.0) was next up in the ratings, with the Independent‘s Karl Matchett of the opinion that it “suited him to have another forward closer to him in the middle.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 24, 2021: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

FotMob noted that Liverpool’s No. 9 created three chances overall, also winning three of his four duels and making seven recoveries.

Curtis Jones (6.0) completed the top three, with Lusby describing the youngster as “tidy and inventive” in a left-sided role.

Unsurprisingly, it was Williams (4.1) who got the lowest average, as the 19-year-old’s shortcomings were exposed horribly.

It was a “difficult afternoon” for the centre-back, according to Doyle, and Matchett concluded that it was a “bit of a nightmare overall.”

Liverpool now have a huge Premier League game to prepare for, with the champions making the trip to Tottenham on Thursday evening.

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