Liverpool player ratings v Plymouth: Attacker 4/10
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider rates the Liverpool players after their 1-0 victory against Plymouth in the FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night.
Loris Karius 6 – Enjoyed a fairly quiet night against the lower league side, made a good save in the first-half from a long range effort.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 7 – The emerging youngster played more like a winger for most of the match and put in some good crosses. Did make one immaculate last-ditch tackle in the first-half to prevent a certain goal and he looks to have a big future at Anfield.
Joe Gomez 6 – The centre-back was booked in the opening 45 minutes and did face a good battle against Arnold Garita. He is slowing edging back to full fitness after a long-term injury.
Lucas 8 – The stand-in captain opened the scoring with a fantastic header from a Philippe Coutinho corner. He made a great run to the near post and powered a thunderous header past the goalkeeper.
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Alberto Moreno 5 – He didn’t manage to exploit the space down the left wing and didn’t look defensively reliable, even against League Two opposition.
Ovie Ejaria 6 – The youngster was comfortable in possession, but was given lots of space to move the ball in the middle of the park.
Kevin Stewart 6 – The central midfielder broke up a few Plymouth attacks and kept things ticking over, but was no match for defender Sonny Bradley in the aerial duals from set-pieces.
Philippe Coutinho 6 – Grabbed the assist for the opening goal with a whipped corner into a dangerous area. He was given some valuable minutes and could be ready for a start against Swansea on Saturday.
Daniel Sturridge 5 – He has a penalty appeal turned down in the first-half and made some good runs in behind the defence. Failed to create many clear goalscoring opportunities.
Divock Origi 4 – He was quiet in the weekend against Manchester United and was once again invisible. The striker has a real big chance to stake his place in the first-team during Sadio Mane’s absence to the Africa Cup of Nations, but showed very little against Plymouth. He missed a penalty late on with a poor effort and it summed up his performance.
Ben Woodburn 6 – The youngster showed glimpses of his qualities, but operated on the right hand side to make room for Sturridge and Origi in the starting XI.
Harry Wilson (for Coutinho 65mins) 6
Sheyi Ojo (for Sturridge 76mins) 6
In other Liverpool news, a London side have joined the chase to sign the club’s defender.