Player ratings as creeping Reds bring down lackluster Spurs
Liverpool recorded just their third away Premier League win of the season producing a dominant performance to beat Tottenham 3-1 on Thursday night.
Both teams fought off a number of chances early on, although it was the visitors who ultimately took the lead shortly before the interval. A good job down Liverpool’s left saw Sadio Mane land the ball on a plate for Robert Firmino who duly applied the finish.
Liverpool doubled their advantage just a minute into the second half, with Trent Alexander-Arnold crushing at home after a poor clearance from Hugo Lloris, although the lead was instantly halved by
Sensational long-range strike from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Halfway through the second half, Liverpool restored their two-goal advantage thanks to a superbly-taken strike from Mane after a great job from Alexander-Arnold, as Jurgen Klopp’s side secured all three points.
Let’s get into some player reviews.
Hugo Lloris (GK) – 5/10 – Produced a brilliant save to keep the scores 0-0 in the first half, but let down with a shocking save that saw Liverpool double their lead.
Joe Rodon (CB) – 5/10 – Ran tattered by the three murderer ahead of Liverpool. A real revelation for him at the level of the levels required in the Premier League.
Eric Dier (CB) – 4/10 – Having started the season in good shape, he is starting to show the lack of concentration that caused him to lose his place in Spurs’ starting XI at one point. Guilty for Liverpool’s opener as he let the ball roll across the six-yard penalty area before Firmino applied the finish.
Ben Davies (CB) – 6/10 – The best of Spurs’ three central defenders. Remained true to his task despite a difficult evening and limited Mohamed Salah to speculative efforts.
Serge Aurier (RWB) – 5/10 – Unable to provide the required attack intent from a winger due to marauding mane running behind him.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – 7/10 – Superb strike in the second half. Combative throughout and turned things around whenever Spurs were on the ball.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – 5/10 – After weeks of sensational performances, he failed to produce for the big occasion. Overtaken by the Liverpool three and struggled to master the procedure.
Matt Doherty (LWB) – 6/10 – Tried to offer an outlet on Tottenham’s left but couldn’t have impacted play as he would have liked.
Steven Bergwijn (RW) – 5/10 – Lots of pace of work and effort but very little to show for his efforts. A story very similar to many of his recent Spurs performances.
Harry Kane (ST) – 5/10 – Didn’t really impact the game and was pulled out at halftime after a nasty collision with Jordan Henderson left him ankle-tight.
Son Heung-min (LW) – 6/10 – He seemed to have given his team the lead early on, but was denied by the strictest of offside decisions. I continued to look sharp and keep Liverpool’s back line honest.
Erik Lamela (RW) – 5/10
Harry Winks (CM) – 6/10
Gareth Bale (RW) – 5/10
Alisson (GK) – 7/10 – Made a huge save in the first half to keep the scores 0-0. There was little he could do against Hojbjerg’s stunning strike. Looked reliable all evening.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 8/10 – Comfortably his best performance of the season. It was clear from the start that he was playing with a swagger and once he scored Liverpool’s second home game he only got better. Excellent assist for Mane who added the third.
Jordan Henderson (CB) – 7/10 – He looked a lot more comfortable than he had done at his home in Burnley a week ago. Game well distributed and composed throughout.
Joël Matip (CB) – 7/10 – Liverpool just look like a stronger team with him on the side. Is not afraid to stick his head where it hurts and seems to reassure those around him.
Andy Robertson (LB) – 5/10 – The lungs are exhausted but very little end product. Well defended but was well and truly overcome by his rear partner on the opposite flank.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – 7/10 – Possession recycled all evening and produced a brilliantly well rounded display. His energy and drive was a big part of the reason the Reds midfielder overpowered Spurs.
Thiago Alcantara (CM) – 7/10 – The metronome inside the central circle. Cool, stylish, and composed – never go wrong and just make the difficult feel normal.
James Milner (CM) – 6/10 – Asked to replace the midfielder and did not let Klopp down. I tried to broadcast the piece as much as possible and kept running.
Mohamed Salah (RW) – 6/10 – It wasn’t his most eventful night but put in a good change for the team and continually tried to stretch Tottenham’s bottom line.
Roberto Firmino (ST) – 8/10 – reminded Liverpool fans how crucial he is for the club with his strike in the first half. Showed good movement throughout and tied the game well.
Sadio Mane (LW) – 7/10 – should have given his team the advantage in the opening minutes, but it was an unusual waste. I didn’t let the foul early dissuade him and produced a nice assist for Firmino.
Nathaniel Phillips (CB) – 6/10
Divock Origi (ST) – N / A
Curtis Jones (CM) – 6/10