Matchweek 3: Liverpool 3 – 1 Arsenal – Player Ratings

The only thing better than that comprehensive, team throttling was Jurgen’s post game handling of Roy Keane…


Alisson – 9
A series of mind-bending stops when the game was still in the balance. When the high line was torched he came out and snuffed everything. Was even able to get in a game of chicken with Aubameyang. Just for fun.

TAA  – 7
Still coughing up some uncharacteristic turnovers but looked much better going forward. Peach of a ball in for Robbo’s goal.

Gomez – 8
Looked really assured on the ball. Hardly set a foot wrong and put in an outstanding shift. Excellent block late in the game to deny an equalizer. This was JoGo at his best.

Van Dijk – 8
Blasting headers, ripping shots off, giving Pawson the business. Boss having him, innit?

Robbo – 7
He giveth and he taketh (the goals). Roaring up and down that left side all day. Did a good just keeping Willian in check and twatting Bellerin around.

Fab – 7
Like a Roomba but all legs. Just back there cleaning up….

Gini – 8
The setup guy. It ain’t sexy retaining & recycling possession. But the work he does allows Mane & Firmino so much freedom in the buildup.

Keita – 8
Probably the most active I’ve seen him in terms of frontline pressing. That’s the way to Klopp’s heart so…

Sadio Mane – 9
Came roaring down the tunnel and never stopped. Absolutely relentless and dogged in the press. Ever so dangerous on the ball. Nearly pulled off the impossible with the turnaround, no-look, hooked shot.

Firmino – 7
Drifted in and out of the match. But the moments when it’s on for him are magic. Even in the little tricks and flicks on the counter.

Salah – 8
Anyone who says he’s too selfish needs to have this match on repeat. Essentially, 90 minutes of him creating chances for others (sans the one he took of Jota (sorry, new guy)).


Milner – 7 (‘79)
The most lively going forward, I can remember him in quite some time. Normal, super human-like work rate. Crisp in distribution.

Jota – 9 (‘80)
I’m going to say it. More impressive debut than Thiago. There I said it. Involved in everything. Got the goal. Salah still owes him dinner.

Minamino – NA (‘90)
Thanks for coming.