Liverpool player ratings vs Southampton: Adrian has howler as Reds survive scare for win | Football | Sport
Jurgen Klopp’s side travelled to the south coast off the back of playing 120 minutes on Wednesday night as they won the UEFA Super Cup on penalties against Chelsea.
Adrian was the hero in Istanbul, saving Tammy Abraham’s spot-kick in the shootout, but the Spaniard had a moment to forget at Southampton.
After Sadio Mane had scored one, in brilliant style, and set up another for Roberto Firmino, Adrian passed straight into the path of Danny Ings, with the ball rebounding into an empty net to pile the pressure on in the final few minutes.
Liverpool rode out the Saints’ pressure to claim a huge and hard-fought three points and maintain a perfect start to the Premier League campaign – but Adrian will be keen to move on quickly. How did the keeper and his Liverpool team-mates rate?
ADRIAN – 4
Some nervy moments before a great point-blank save to deny Maya Yoshida header and had to respond well to prevent a Joel Matip own goal late on. But an inexcusable error for the goal, completely miscuing his pass and gifting Southampton an unnecessary goal when Liverpool might have coasted to victory.
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD – 6
Struggled to be as effective as usual getting forward in the first half, with his end product lacking, but improved second half. Picked up a yellow card.
JOEL MATIP – 6
Better than on Wednesday, when he struggled to pass five yards, but still below the standards he set towards the end of last season. Was lucky Che Adams headed over the crossbar at 0-0.
VIRGIL VAN DIJK – 7
Despite boos from the Southampton crowd, was at his usual best to command the Reds’ back line. Still looking for a first competitive clean sheet this season, though.
ANDY ROBERTSON – 6
Another display slightly below his usual standard as he was prevented from getting forward as often as normal, though he came close to scoring and forced a strong low save from Angus Gunn late on.
JAMES MILNER – 6
Fought on after having to receive stitches after a clash of heads. Assist for Mane’s goal, though Senegalese attacker did the hard work. Usual battling display from the bandaged veteran before being withdrawn on 74 minutes but poorest of the midfield trio.
GINI WIJNALDUM – 6
Like Alexander-Arnold, poor first half but picked up somewhat after the break in a No 6 role. Midfield struggled for control throughout and Wijnaldum not the only man guilty.
ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN – 7
Much improved on his Super Cup display, which saw him hooked from a front three role after 45 minutes, with a few teasing deliveries. Set up Salah for a good chance first half. Taken off to applause from all four corners of the ground.
SADIO MANE – 8
Stunning curling strike to put Liverpool ahead against the run of play after he had been quiet and good pressing to win the ball for the second goal. Liverpool’s best player against his former club.
ROBERTO FIRMINO – 7
Wasted a perfect chance to make it 2-0 in the second half, side-footing wide, but took his goal excellently after cutting in from the left.
MOHAMED SALAH – 6
Saw good one-on-one opportunity saved before the hour that he’ll have been disappointed with. First time he’s played Southampton and not scored, much to the disappointment of Fantasy Premier League managers worldwide. Another one below his best.
FABINHO – 6
Only brought on from the bench after an exhaustive display mid-week which saw him down with cramp at the end of extra time and won a few challenges.
DIVOCK ORIGI – N/A
Didn’t see much of the ball in the final 10 minutes
JORDAN HENDERSON – N/A
Brought on to see out the win.