Liverpool player ratings v Bournemouth: Defender all over the place
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Football Insider rates the Liverpool players in their 4-3 defeat against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.
Loris Karius 5 – Had so little to do in the first half he could have competed in the mannequin challenge. Caved in under pressure in the second half and made a horrible blunder for the Bournemouth winner.
Nathaniel Clyne 8 – Rampaging display. Bombed forward at every opportunity and delivered a series of threatening crosses from the right flank.
Lucas Leiva 6 – Deputised for the injured Joel Matip and delivered his second mixed display of the week.
Dejan Lovren 3 – Looked ill at ease whenever the Bournemouth attackers ran at him and the defender was all over the place in the second half as the Liverpool back line fell apart.
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James Milner 6 – Made virtually his first mistake at left-back when he upended Ryan Fraser to concede the second-half penalty. Tellingly, the former England international did not complain.
Jordan Henderson 8 – Anchored the midfield with great energy and distributed the ball excellently. Registered his fourth league assist of the season with a fine ball to Origi for the second goal.
Georginio Wijnaldum 6 – Neat and tidy but his final ball was mixed.
Emre Can 8 – Led the press from midfield and oozed class with his distribution and composure on the ball. Set up the opener with a cute through ball to Mane and sealed the win with a great finish for his third league goal of the season.
Sadio Mane 9 – Tore Bournemouth apart with his pace and sharpness. Took his goal brilliantly to lift his league tally for the season to seven goals and set up Can’s goal with a brilliant run.
Divock Origi 8 – Became the first Liverpool player to score in three consecutive matches this season when he doubled his side’s advantage with an exquisite strike from a seemingly impossible angle.
Roberto Firmino 7 – Drove forward confidently with the ball and was key to his team sharp combination play. Lucky not to concede a first-half penalty.
Lallana (for Mane 68mins) – 8
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