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Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: Player Ratings

 • by Thomas McIlroy
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Liverpool completely destroyed Arsenal at Anfield, running out 4-0 winners on Sunday.

Goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané before half-time and from Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge after the break proved to be the difference between the two sides.

As good as Liverpool were, Arsenal were awful. They didn’t even manage a shot on target and we may see our first ‘Wenger out’ calls of the season.

We’ve rated the players’ performances at Anfield. If you agree or disagree, tweet us at @FB_Whispers.


Team Whispers: Liverpool FC (24.08.2017) | FWTV by FootballWhispers

Liverpool

Loris Karius

All the talk before the game was surrounding Simon Mignolet being replaced in goal by Karius, with the German making his first Premier League start of 2017. But Arsenal didn’t have any shots on target. He did look questionable with his feet at times though. 5

Joe Gomez

Always pushing forward from right-back. Booked for foul on Aaron Ramsey6

Joël Matip

Rarely troubled by the Arsenal attack, guilty of a few dodgy backpasses to Karius. 6

Dejan Lovren

Like Matip, he didn’t have much to do thanks to the Gunners being so poor. Booked for cynical foul on Danny Welbeck. 6

Alberto Moreno

Out of favour last season, he was helped by Andrew Robertson‘s paternity leave to get the star, but didn’t look like he was second choice. Solid in defence and always a threat going forward.  7

Emre Can

Emre Can

Absolutely bossed the midfield. Arsenal’s midfield were so static compared to him. He is the perfect Jürgen Klopp player. Liverpool need to sort out his contract situation. Replaced late on. 8

Georginio Wijnaldum

Part of a brilliant Liverpool midfield three, it’s hard to believe he was part of a team that went down just over a season ago. 7

Jordan Henderson

A class above the Arsenal midfield, never stopped running, always seemed a step ahead of his Gunners counterparts. Should have score in the first half when one-on-one with Petr Čech. 7

Mohamed Salah

Caused problems for Arsenal’s defence all day. Deserved a goal before he got the third, was denied by Čech on multiple occasions. Switched to the left for the end of the game and put an absolutely beautiful cross in for Sturridge. 8

Roberto Firmino

Scored the opener with a lovely header that gave Čech no chance and played a lovely ball to Mané for the second. Probably the quietest out of a very lively front three. 7

Sadio Mané celebrates his goal

Sadio Mané

Got in between Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rob Holding so often. He’s now one of Liverpool’s best players, if not the best. Always a threat and deserved his goal. 8

Substitutes

Daniel Sturridge (Mané, 74)

Took his goal well after it was put on a plate for him by Salah. 6

James Milner (Firmino, 80)

N/A

Marko Grujić (Can, 84)

N/A

Arsenal

Petr Čech

Could do nothing about any of Liverpool’s goals. He must wonder what he’s done to have such a poor team ahead of him. 6

Rob Holding

Run ragged by the Liverpool front line, in the first half he can claim a lack of support from Oxlade-Chamberlain though. He was lucky not to be punished after losing the ball in the box to Mané in the second half. Booked for a late challenge on Henderson. 4

Laurent Koscielny

He must have wished his suspension was one more game. Couldn’t cope with Liverpool. 4

Wenger vs Liverpool

Nacho Monreal

Struggled with Salah either at left-back or left centre-back. Not his finest hour. 4

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Wasn’t his finest performance at right wing-back. Was nowhere to be seen defensively for either of Liverpool’s two first goals. Switched further forward briefly in first half before being replaced. 4

Granit Xhaka

Booked for cynically taking out Wijnaldum. A failed back-heel in his own box when his team were losing summed up his game. He isn’t the Patrick Vieira this team needs. 4

Aaron Ramsey

Making his 300th appearance for Arsenal, Ramsey completely failed to protect his defence. He was looking the wrong way and caught up the pitch for most of the move that saw Liverpool get the opener. He jogged back and was in his own half when  Mané picked up the ball for the second. Taken off at half-time. 3

Héctor Bellerín

Ineffective as a left wing-back, switched to right-back in the second half and was guilty of a massive error allowing Salah to break free and score. 4

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Özil

Stereotypically, Özil is blamed for being lazy and not caring in the big matches. He didn’t do too much to dispel that, looking far too casual in possession in his own half. He was lucky Henderson didn’t capitalise when he was caught on the ball. Booked for a heavy challenge. At least that showed he cared for a bit anyway. 4

Danny Welbeck

Wasted a good chance at 0-0. Booked harshly for challenge on Moreno, and failed to properly get into the game. 4

Alexis Sánchez

In a team where it didn’t feel like anyone cared, Sánchez was always running. He wasn’t anywhere near his best, but caused Liverpool problems. Replaced by Alexandre Lacazette6

Substitutes

Francis Coquelin (Ramsey, 46′)

He was better than Ramsey at least, but failed to stop the Liverpool onslaught. 4

Alexandre Lacazette (Sánchez, 62′)

Played wide left after coming in, but didn’t have much of an impact. 4

Olivier Giroud (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 62′)

Had a few headers but never troubled Karius. 5

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