Written by: Drewster
In miserable conditions we go away to Burnley, in what is usually a tough game for us. As Eric was unavailable for the ratings I thought I’ d give it a go. There will be a lot less fuckity fuck fuck from me though.
Mignolet – 7.5
Doesn’t have a lot to do in the game as he pulls of a few straight forward saves off Arfield and Barnes, Still annoyingly uses the short underarm roll to Lovren which puts us back under pressure, he really needs to clear his lines. Came for a couple of crosses successfully. Solid save after Manes goal and a Top save on 84 mins off Vokes header. Was on his heals so couldn’t do anything for the goal.
TAA – 6
Poor attempt at inside pass intercepted thankfully Barnes missed by a mile. Nice deflected assist for Manes goal. Great long range shot had to draw a spectacular save from Pope. Let’s Vokes in for the header which is saved by Migs. Struggled defensively but got some nice crosses in Overall not his best.
Lovren – 7.5
Foul on Barnes plus a free kick 33mins in scorable position, needs to get off the forwards arse. Half a header getting us into trouble. Although Barnes managed to get the Ref to award a foul against him for anything. Was on a 5 until about 65 minutes. Got smarter as the game went on. Great header win and assist for the second and winning goal.
Klavan – 9
A clearance behind off a very dangerous cross and a block in 60 secs. Cheaky lob over the Burnley defence for Firmino to cross across the face of goal. Comfortable mopping up and good passes into midfield. Gets the winning header which gives him my Man of the Match.
Gomez – 3
In the unusual position of LB, good silky skills to get out of trouble some nice passes. Nice positioning through the game and didn’t give Burnley much space. He again switches off for the Gudmundssen goal which is becoming a bit of a habit. Was an 8 up to that point. Gets a 3 because that’s unforgivable.
Can was everywhere today, but was also all over the place with his play. Was very hard working but tried to be too subtle and kept getting himself in trouble as Burnley quick on bringing it back out. Tried to make a killer pass which is not on and was very inaccurate in it. Good drive forward to draw the foul for the winning free kick which raises his score.
Very quiet game don’t think he enjoys the position maybe needs a CDM to free him up in his box to box role.
Battled to get into the game amid a packed Burnley midfield. Some neat touches and a few signature Lallana (formally known as Cruyff) turns and nice passes but nothing special. A little rusty, which is understandable but great to see him back on the field.
Mane was really not in the game, almost holding back not taking anyone, caught offside again. But then he takes the ball off Ox’s toes but smashed it into the net, nothing Pope could do about it. Was probably heading for a 4 up to that point. Not happy to get subbed on 71 mins as he just gets into the game.
Tried hard today, but nothing he did came off. Should take Ox pass with left foot instead of outside of his right foot, which would give him more time to shoot, instead the ball taken off his foot by the defender. Getting good positions but first touch letting him down. Needs that first goal the relieve the self-imposed pressure.
This guy is getting better and better for us. Finds a nice defence splitting pass to Solanke who should do better. Had one shot saved by pope (which was pretty straight forward) and has a second great shot late on forcing a difficult save. His corners get into good areas and his free kick for Lovren and Klavans combination goal was first class.
(on for Mane 71) Nice cross across the face of goal which almost cost burnley an own goal after the audacious chip by Klavan. Other than that fairly anonymous.
Milner N/A (on for Lallana) Not enough time to earn a rating.
Matip N/A Brought on to waste time.