What it takes to get over teams like Crystal Palace is patience, maturity and concentration. Our lads superbly put in a solid performance, especially defensively, and eventually pulled off the hard-fought three points and well-deserved clean sheet. Here’s the ratings of Liverpool players.
This game is a credential of his prohibitively expensive transfer fee. Apart from brilliantly saving a free-kick, his distribution is absolutely sublime, with massive composure and concentration illustrated throughout.
#Alexander Arnold 7
Mediocre in attack, with room to improve the quality of cross, but defensively he showed his sky-high confidence that seems unmatched with his age again. Future captain candidate
Any doubts that wandered around in the preseason about his quality have been eradicated. He is progressing in leaps and bounds, and the partnership with Virgil renders the back line seamlessly unassailable.
#Virgil Van Dijk 9
Tackles, intercepts, blocks seem too easy for him. With his world-class awareness, Zaha looks like a kindergarten kid who has been crying for getting lost. Man Of The Match display.
Offensively not at his peak, gave the ball away several times, but always tirelessly won the ball back, which shows his industrious attitude. Had been suffocating Townsend from the first minute. Still an indispensable part in back line.
Played a more defensive role in the first half and perfectly showed his capacity to protect the space behind. Second half played a more advanced position, effectively cemented the intensity of attack. The gossips around him in the preseason are utterly ridiculous and laughable.
Diligence has been the trademark of the veteran. Just like what he did against West Ham, kept pushing himself to the maximum and oozing with sweat. Apparently it’s too early for him to consider retirement.
No one would miss Coutinho now. Keita’s eye-catching ability to receive ball from the back line, get rid of press from opponents, drive forward to assist the front trio makes everyone relish. But still should be more engrossed to avoid losing possession in the defensive area.
His momentum has been kept really well. Scored a late typical counter attack goal that sealed our tough win. Involved more in the build-up of attack, sometimes played as more of a playmaker in this match. Looking forward to seeing him shining non-stop.
Still didn’t open his goal account of the new season and looked a bit blunt in critical moments, but he often ran very deep to win the ball back and immediately started counter attack. Instrumental in our defence-to-attack transition.
Not on the scoresheet neither, but Egyptian King silently played a superb game. Created a penalty for our vice-captain, assisted Mane for his late goal, forced Van-Bissaka to do a rash tackle that gave him a red card. Quiet king is still king.
#Henderson: more open in attack, bringing organisation in midfield.
#Lallana: game time too short
#Sturridge: game time too short
Consistency is the key to win the league, let’s move on to the next game with the same energy. Come on Reds!