Alisson 2/10 as Liverpool’s title hopes suffer a hammer blow with home defeat to City

PM ET.

Writer Nick JuddTransfer

Liverpool’s title defense collapsed further when leaders Manchester City were humiliated 4-1 at Anfield on Sunday.

Ilkay Gündogan was at the center of the action throughout the match and more than made up for a disconcerting missed penalty with his braking. Mohamed Salah was able to bring Jurgen Klopp into the game himself, but between Gündogan’s second goal, Raheem Sterling’s header and Phil Foden’s lightning strike, victory came after two shouts from Alisson goalkeepers.

After 68 unbeaten home games, Liverpool lost for the third consecutive time at Anfield – the first run of three defeats for the Reds since 1963.

  • http://server.digimetriq.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Alisson-210-as-Liverpools-title-hopes-suffer-a-hammer-blow.jpg&w=130&h=130&scale=crop&location=center.jpeg
  • http://server.digimetriq.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1612725315_183_Alisson-210-as-Liverpools-title-hopes-suffer-a-hammer-blow.jpg&w=130&h=130&scale=crop&location=center.jpeg

1 Connected

Positive

The structure of the back four was decent throughout the first hour, which was impressive considering the team’s injury problems. This changed in the final half hour, when repeated errors of concentration were punished mercilessly.

– ESPN FC Daily Stream on ESPN+ (US only)
– ESPN+ TV Guide: Bundesliga, Serie A, MLS, FA Cup and more

Negative

The home team continued to hand ball possession to Manchester, giving them an advantage in defense, but also showing an increasing indecision that affected their style of play – due to a lack of confidence in front of goal. They were often slow, lethargic and constantly held back when they got into dangerous positions to launch a counter attack.

Manager rated from 10

4 — Klopp stuck to what he knows and didn’t risk any of his new center defenders in this match, and this conservative approach was very evident throughout the match. There was a lack of urgency compared to what we are used to from the Reds, and the coach’s substitutions made it clear that they were playing for a draw after the game.

Player rankings (1-10; 10 = best. Players used after 70 minutes do not receive rankings).

GK Alisson, 2 — After a solid performance and good saves for City’s first goal, Alisson literally gave the visitors the three points with two catastrophic errors in three minutes.

DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 4 — His attacking stroke is always one of the Reds’ deadliest weapons, as he showed with a long ball to Salah that led to a penalty, but he outplayed Sterling several times in critical moments.

DF Jordan Henderson, 5 — The Englishman looked confident in an impromptu CB/DM role, but he was regularly outplayed and, understandably, taken out of the game.

D.F. Fabinho, 5 – His initial discipline and hard work in the first half hour was disrupted when he fought constantly with Foden and missed a blunt penalty.

DF Andrew Robertson, 5… Although he gave City plenty of space on the flanks, he was generally one of Liverpool’s best players – until he gave Foden too much space for City’s fourth goal.

MF Thiago Alcantara, 5 — He did his job well in a poor start to the match that could have earned him a red card, but his smooth passing was not enough to create any real momentum.

Error. Few specified.people consider Alisson the best goalkeeper in the world, but two errors by the Brazilian cost Liverpool dearly on Sunday. Photo: Lawrence Griffiths/Getty Images

MF Georginio Wijnaldum, 4 — Was like a deer in the headlights for long periods of the game and can be blamed for not going after his man for scoring two goals.

MF Curtis Jones, 7 — The young man was confident that he would make quick and important decisions, so the decision to remove him from office must be questioned.

F.W. Mohamed Salah, 7 — He was quiet most of the day on Merseyside and yet managed to win the penalty and convert it in style.

FW Roberto Firmino, 6 — The Brazilian fought hard, tried to create chances and was the most active of the first three, although he gave up in the second half.

FW Sadio Mane, 5 — Sloppy, uninspired and absent are probably the first three words to describe a bad day at the office for Mane.

Replaces

D.F. Costas Tsimikas, N.R. — Helped stabilize the game for Liverpool after they led 4-1.

Five-year-old MF James Milner — often ran into the shadows as Pep Guardiola’s team turned the game on its head in the second half.

MF Xherdan Shaqiri, 5 . Nothing was really presented for the furious City midfielder.

You May Also Like