Champions League GPR2: Liverpool 1 – 0 Ajax

Pretty satisfying on the back of that Brighton nonsense. Group won with a game to go, no injuries and the kids got it done. (chef kiss*).


Kelleher – 9
My word. What a CL debut. Absolutely massive. Played out of his boots. Got the ol’ Klopp hug as well. Would have guessed Irish on haircut alone before attempting to spell his first name.

Neco – 7
The assist to Jones was the shot of confidence he needed. Far from perfect but had his tail up and grew into it as the game went on. 

Fabinho – 8
As impressed by his leadership as I am his footballing quality. Looks like he’s played center-back his whole life.

Matip – 8
My favorite Giraffe. Just keep giving him gloves & snack packs or whatever you have to do to keep him warm… and uninjured.

Robertson – 7
Had a bit of a sweaty lip when he went down. Let’s not do that again, K? Faded down the stretch which makes sense since he’s played a crazy amount of minutes. 

Gini – 7
Man of steel & graft. Pretty sure he’s Batman by night. Underrated-blue-collar-midfielder-who’d-rather-play further-up-the-pitch by day. Was dogged today.

Jordan Brian Henderson – 7
Hopefully back for the long haul now. Criminally underrated as a chance creator. Big switches, broke up the channels. Did a bit of everything today.

CuJo – 9
Incredible strike smacked off the post, tidy in the mids, and a nose for goal. Clever finish for the game winner. Going to a big, big player for this club for a long time.

Mane – 6
Just not happening for him right now. Seems like he’s forcing the issue a bit. Still battling. Has to be an absolute nightmare to play 90 against.

Jota – 6
Let down by a couple of heavy touches early which likely would have led to goals. So clever in and out of possession though and always involved.

Salah – 6
Zigged when he should have zagged. Uncharacteristically wasteful. Loads of chances. Always a half a yard off it. Open and left holding the bag on more than one occasion. Bet he gives Mane the silent treatment on the walk home. 


Firmino – 8 (68’)
I’m going to slap the neck of the next person to smear to good name of one Roberto Firmino. Did you see him go box to box, beat the entire Ajax side and slip in Mane with the outside of his foot!? Ridiculous stuff. A bit of sorcery from Onana is the only thing that prevented him from killing off the game. 

Rhys – N/A (89’)