Klopp’s proving a point right? Why else would you trot out that high-ass line with a chopped and changed side and two of our slowest, youngest, most inexperienced center backs? If you wouldn’t do it in Football Manager you shouldn’t do it in real life. That’s a rule.
Still trying to figure out how Scott Parker made a tailored jacket look so good over another fitted jacket. Tell us your secrets, you bot.
Does well on Maja. But not enough mojo to keep out Lemina. Like the rest of the squad. Lacking magic when we need it most.
Neco – 4
Exposed. Outside of one nice cutback, and one nice block, was a consistent liability on both fronts. To be perfectly fair, had zero help from Gini/Milner/Shaq.
Nat Phillips – 6
Not the problem in the back but not the long term solution either. Had a couple nice ball over the top. But he’s been consistent on a team that has nearly none of it.
Rhys – 5
Looked like a lad that hasn’t grown into his body. Just not his level yet. And it showed. Pretty much all game.
Robbo – 5
Like watching a Roomba in a broom closet for 90 minutes. Capable of more. Also held fulham onside the majority of the first half.
Gini – 5
Looked like our 9th choice holding mid in front of our 9th choice center back. Hardly going to get his best there.
Milner – 5
Massively sacrificing creativity for steel at this point. Some bad turnovers, in bad spots before being subbed off.
Keita – 6
The only one in the mids that looked anywhere near creating anything. Some nice threaded balls through the middle were a nice change. Faded second half when it was needed most.
Shaq – 4
Close-ish on the free kick. That was it. Offered absolutely no support for Neco and little spark going forward.
Jota – 5
Combined well with Mo, first half. But disappointing overall, considering we’ve made him up to be the second coming of Christ.
Mo – 6
Looked good, central until he was nicked for the goal. Downhill from there.
SUBSTITUTIONSMane – 5 (‘62)
One good header off the post. One not so great header into the ground.
TAA – 5 (‘76)
An improvement going forward. But that means nothing when the final ball is lacking. Been the same story, pretty much all year.
Fabinho – 7 (‘76)
Maybe this is just me projecting, but it felt like the field flipped the moment he came into the mids.