Admirable Nelson Sinks Liverpool Player Ratings
By Matty Sadler
July 16 2020
Weird game as Liverpool dominated the ball and had a lot of efforts on goal, yet we capitalised on two mistakes to win. The defence looked better than on Sunday. Midfield I didn't think Xhaka and Torreira really worked as a two and we were missing Ceballos. Still need that link between the midfield and attack. Got two outside chances of getting into the Europa League via the league and FA Cup. Hoping we can make something out of at least one of them.
Martinez - 8. Very good again. Made some good stops and was quick off his line to deal with high balls and crosses. Got veeeery lucky when he took too long clearing and it nearly went in off Firmino, though.
Holding - 7. Had another Costa Cup Final moment with Mane, which came moments after he won the ball well but then gave it away awfully trying to bring it out from the back. Thought he was okay overall but because of that moment we will see this performance being overhyped. Anyone else think he's bulked up?
Luiz - 8. Interested to see what others think but I thought he was excellent, particularly in the second half. Cleared everything towards the end.
Tierney - 7. Thought he did well in the LCB stop. Salah was kept largely quiet.
Cedric - 5. Tough evening against Robertson and Mane.
Torreira - 6. Okay, worked very hard, but I'd just like to say - PLAY TO THE WHISTLE YOU IDIOT. Caught the ball because he saw the linesman flag Nelson offside, but the ref hadn't blown yet!? Daft.
Xhaka - 6. Thought he was good on the ball but overran by Liverpool's midfield. Could argue that he should've covered the space left by Luiz quicker for their goal. Did well towards the end.
Saka - 6. Nothing spectacular but again showed his maturity with another mature, disciplined display in a 'defensive' position.
Nelson - 6. Didn't think he had an amazing game by any means, but what he did do was work. Hurried Van Dijk into a mistake for the equaliser and finished very well for the winner. Happy for him.
Lacazette - 8. Worked very hard, scored and assisted.
Pepe - 5. First half honestly it was like having a man less (touched the ball 11 times I believe). Second half was much the same, until he moved to the right (his preferred position), where he started getting on the ball, dribbling, etc. I know it isn't ideal but when you're playing against a far superior side, but sometimes you just had to get your head down and do the ugly stuff for the team - look at Saka and Nelson.
Ceballos - 5. Bit slow making his mind up at times.
Willock - 5. Put in a shift in an unusual role but missed a sitter to win the game.
Aubameyang - 6. Worked hard, should've had an assist for Willock. Might be the most headers I've seen him win in a game?
Maitland-Niles - 5. Did well putting off Mane when he was in on goal. Unless we're selling him AND Bellerin to bring in a new right back, I don't think I'd be selling him, personally.
Kolasinac - N/A. Not on long.
Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1