I thought the Ajax game was ugly. I take it back. The top of the group never looked so sexy.
Becks – 8
Probably the most important player in this side right now. Exudes confidence, directs traffic, and comes out and snuffs out the danger.
TAA – 9
Massive tonight. Integral in the creation of both goals. Fizzed in dangerous balls all night.
Fabs – N/A
Gomez – 7
Figuring out his limitations. Did well to keep it simple and solid despite some nervy moments.
Robertson – 6
Been a while since someone got the better of him. Dreyer caused problems. Continually got in behind.
Milner – 6
Starting to look legged. I’m not saying. I’m just saying….
Henderson – 6
I don’t think the double pivot suits his strengths but he did a job before the planned halftime substitution.
Shaqiri – 7
Quietly excellent. Deserves an assist for the assist on the opening goal. Had several balls that totally unlocked Midtjylland.
Minamino – 6
Probably best as a 10? Maybe? I dunno. Frustrating seeing the potential without the end product. Looked crowded out at times. Lost at others.
Jota – 7
A good bit ahead of the rest of our depth. Even when he’s not at his best he’s getting in dangerous positions, scoring tap-ins.
Origi – 5
I’m not saying he’s trash. I’m just saying if you had rolled out a trash bin in his spot, the hold-up play wouldn’t have been worse.
Rhys Williams – 7 (‘30)
Played more Champions League games than Everton. And hasn’t looked bad doing it. Silver lining.
Gini – 6 (‘46)
Came in as the formation changed to play the deep-lying anchor role. He’s a major reason counterattacks became much smoother and more prominent second half.
Mane – 6 (‘60)
Work rate, physicality, positioning all there. Failed to make much of an impact though.
Salah – 7 (‘60)
Playing at another level right now. Even off the bench. Has the pace and power to take the top off a backline. Got ahold of that pen, eh?
Firmino – N/A (‘81)
Tee’d up by Trent. Banged it up Venmore Street.