Liverpool player ratings V Southampton: Quartet are 5/10

COMMENT by Russell Edge

Mignolet 7 – A confident outing from the heavily criticised goalkeeper. Plucked the ball out of the air time and again to boost the confidence of his defence.

Clyne 6 – Found a fair bit of luck down the right against his former side. Did not have too much to do defensively so was able to show off his attacking prowess.

Lovren 7 – Proved his worth at the back with a stoic defence. Rarely looked out of his comfort zone and that is testament to the Croatian’s talents.

Matip 7 – Showed his experience to block off Oriol Romeu as the Saints countered and put in a resolute performance at the back. Dealt with everything the Saints threw at the Reds.

Milner 5 – Continues to shine at full-back and even managed to advance down the flank once or twice. However he was unable to demonstrate his regular consistency from the penalty spot thanks to a great save from Fraser Forster. The miss proved crucial.

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Can 6 – Unable to replicate his heroics against Watford, the German midfielder put in a solid if unremarkable shift in the middle of the park. Tried to influence the match with a couple of clever passes but his radar was more often than not off target.

Lucas 6 – Like his midfield partner Can, the Brazilian was a hard worker without creating much. Was replaced by Lallana in the second half in an attacking move which made something of a difference.

Wijnaldum 5 – The obvious attacking outlet in the centre of midfield really struggled to stamp his mark on the game and left Liverpool crying out for some creativity prior to the arrival of Lallana and Sturridge. Replaced by Grujic in the final minutes.

Coutinho 5 – How Liverpool could have used the Brazilian at his best. Really struggled to have too much of an impact as Southampton kept him quiet with some tight pressing.

Firmino 6 – Much like his fellow countryman Coutinho, silenced by the midfield of the Saints. Did a fair bit of running himself but could not create anything.

Origi 5 – Struggled up top due to the lack of creativity behind him, he never really got a sniff at goal. Replaced by Sturridge who was willing to drop to receive the ball.

Subs:

Lallana 6 – (69′ Lucas) – Introduced after Liverpool found themselves bereft of attacking flair, he struggled to settle as quickly as he would have liked. Perhaps introducing the England man earlier would have allowed that, but Klopp may think about starting him next time out.

Sturridge 7 – (69′ Origi) – Brought on to inject some attacking impetus to the Reds, he nearly poked home with 12 minutes to go. Like Lallana, he should have joined the fray sooner in order to settle and get into his flow.

Grujic 6 (87′ Wijnaldum) – Did nothing but earn a free-kick in his short time on the pitch.

In other Liverpool news, Emre Can has given an update on his contract talks with the club.

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