Player ratings as Reds finally cross paths with young Villans
Liverpool rocked a wobbly first half to advance to the FA Cup fourth round with a 4-1 victory over young side Aston Villa.
The Reds quickly took the lead as Sadio Mane took the lead from Curtis Jones cross after just four minutes and dominated possession in the first half. Villa defended admirably, however, and secured a shock equalizer five minutes before half-time when Louie Barry ran flawlessly and slipped into the corner.
Jurgen Klopp’s side picked up the pace in the second half and regained the lead thanks to Gini Wijnaldum on time, before another fine header from Mane two minutes later made it 3-1. Mo Salah went 4-1 with a low strike just two minutes later to put the game past Villa Youth.
Akos Onodi (GK) – 5/10 – Excellent double save in the first half but couldn’t do much against either of the goals.
Jake Walker (RB) – 5/10 – Had a great first half against Minamino but Mane showed him the levels in the second half.
Mungo Bridge (CB) – 6/10 – Well defended throughout the match and made more successful tackles than any other Villa player (3).
Dominic Revan (CB) – 7/10 – The captain led by example and handled most things well, but Liverpool’s class shone.
Callum Rowe (LB) – 6/10 – Played a superb through ball for the equalizer and did well against Mo Salah for the most part before the cramp got the better of him.
Kaine Hayden (RM) – 6/10 – I have done well to move right on occasion and hope for a bright future.
Mamadou Dialla Sylla (CM) – 6/10 – A good defensive performance in the first half, including a big challenge on Henderson to deny him a chance. I had long legs in the second half.
Arjan Raikhy (CM) – 5/10 – Decent performance but more attacking and struggled without the ball.
Lamare Bogarde (CM) – 5/10 – Playing out of position and working really hard but the level was just too high.
Benjamin Chrisene (LM) – 5/10 – The young striker has worked hard throughout but generally does his best with the ball. Subbed after an hour.
Louie Barry (ST) – 7/10 – I looked confident all night and got a well-deserved goal just before half-time. A real perspective of quality.
Brad Young (LM) – 5/10 – Didn’t really get a chance to showcase his talents, but had a nice spin in the penalty area that will be remembered for a long time.
Harrison Sohna (CM) – 5/10 – Came when the game was already over in fairness, but showed good energy throughout.
Hayden Lindley (CM) – 5/10 – Much like Sohna, the game was over when he came in but didn’t do anything wrong on the pitch.
Teddy Rowe – N / A
Sil Swinkels – N / A
Caoimhin Kelleher (GK) – 5/10 – I probably could have spent the night, in all fairness. There wasn’t much he could do about the goal he conceded.
Nico Williams (RB) – 6/10 – He was a threat on the wing all night long and had little to defend, but his end product was lacking.
Rhys Williams (CB) – 5/10 – Running through quicksand for Villa’s goal, but other than assured in possession.
Fabinho (CB) – 7/10 – Aerial threat all night long into Villa’s area and made it clear he is a midfielder naturally, completing 95% of his passes.
James Milner (LB) – 6/10 – Show more than competent at the left rear, led by example all night long by not giving up easily. Won more tackles than anyone on night with five.
Jordan Henderson (DM) – 5/10 – The skipper dominated the ball in the first half, making more passes than anyone in the first half. Was brought to half-time with the level of scores.
Gini Wijnaldum (CM) – 6/10 – Missed a huge chance in the first half, but made amends in the second by once again giving Liverpool the lead.
Curtis Jones (CM) – 6/10 – I got help for the opener but was a bit too relaxed in possession for the most part. Had a good effort saved before half time too.
Mohamed Salah (RW) – 6/10 – Was rather calm by his own high standards, but still got a good low strike.
Sadio Mane (ST) – 8/10 – I got the first and third important goals for Liverpool. The game changed when he moved to the left wing in the second half and showed his class.
Takumi Minamino (LW) – 5/10 – Had virtually no effect on play and missed out on a great opportunity to claim for more regular minutes.
Thiago (CM) – 7/10 – Showed he was comfortably the best midfielder in the Liverpool squad. Any of the young Villans would be happy to reach their level someday.
Xherdan Shaqiri (RW) – 7/10 – Made an instant impact, securing two assists for Mane’s second goal and Salah’s goal moments after entering the pitch.
Roberto Firmino – N / A
Divock Origi – N / A
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N / A